I recently performed twice at the DMV Winter Lantern Festival held in Tyson’s by the Lerner Town Square. It was an honor and pleasure dancing with some very talented artists, hosted by the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe. In previous years, the FCDT leaders, Stella Choi, and Amy Yang taught traditional Chinese dance to my oldest kids via the Northern Virginia Chinese School many years ago when the kids were in grade school. Seeing them again brought back a flood of nostalgic memories.
The festival was a sight to behold. As a plus, after the performance, my family and I enjoyed the powerful and mesmerizing displays of ancient Chinese culture. Below is just a sample of some of the light sculptures.
What a great way to start the New Year off on January 1. My daughter got the dance bug and joined me onstage for my second performance later on that month. Here are some shots of us dancing.
I’ve gotten used to dancing solo shows and to unfamiliar audiences. But boy was my spirits lifted when some members of our family joined the audience on the second night. Of course, any time my immediate family comes to a show it’s pure joy.
It was also fantastic performing Hawaiian Hula in the winter. I hope we continue having Polynesian dance arts as fine arts and cultural exhibits versus a seasonal mentality. Here’s to progress, mental and spiritual health and happiness for the rest of the year and beyond.