We celebrated our first anniversary on the weekend with invited guests, friends and family of members. Our members have been rehearsing for three performances for our guests that day. The event kicked off with a traditional 'Four Gate Blessing' of the studio with our two gold lions. This was followed by award presentations by our special guest, Councillor Ken Ong from the City of Melbourne. The music team then presented a fully choreographed routine followed by a one lion traditional performance. Thank you for all who participated in this special event, hope you all enjoyed the performances and afternoon tea! Well done to the performers that day and a big thanks to all the helpers as well.
More photos from the Anniversary celebrations:
First performance with two lion blessing:
Hong De 2009 Awards:
Thank you to all the performers. Colin and Vincent for the drumming; Ernest and Colin for the choreography; Stan for making the centipede; Ernest for an excellent job in destroying the centipede and Denis' great tailwork; Jacky/Stan and Ernest/Denis in the paired lion performance; great music work by Vincent, Daniel, Valerie, Jacky, Stan and Steven; and all the helpers with the setup and packup - Allan, Will, Robin and Rebecca; thanks also to Aaron for the photography and Robin for the videography; special thanks to Ken Ong, our VIP guest; my Mum for some of the food and support from all members, friends and family. The year wouldn't be successful without all your support. Thank you also to all the well-wishers who were unable to come that day. Hope we have inspired some of the newer members (Aaron, Mason, Nathan, Steven and a few more potential members) to train hard and improve this year!