February 20, 2013 | 3 views
LWA Antics: Delighting in a new Chinese year
Entering the auditorium, one could already feel the excitement buzzing, practically palpable — a hum of chatter and laughter and anticipation. Indeed the event, though one of the most recent additions to our school calendar, was already becoming one of the most popular. It was the Chinese New Year celebration at Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA).
The celebration capped off a week of festivities. Chinese New Year, or Chun Jie, fell on a Sunday this year but, arriving at school the next day Feb. 11, one was greeted with festive red paper decorations lining every wall, wishing happiness and prosperity for the new year. And what better way to ring in the new lunar year than with an hour-long event that would have people talking for days?
The audience couldn’t wait to see the singing and dancing routines for which the previous year had set high expectations, as well as appearances from some of LWA’s favorite personalities. As the lights dimmed in Hessel Hall, drums began beating and two large dragons charged into the auditorium through both front doors, dancing up the aisles past the audience before meeting at center stage. With the dramatic entrance, the celebration had officially begun!
Each performance was introduced by the returning emcees from last year’s show. Many featured large ensembles of singers and dancers, with the girls wearing traditional qi pao dresses and twirling ribbons, and the whole audience clapping along to the beat of the song. A performance of the song “Dancing of the Golden Snake” was played first on violin and piano, then on the traditional Chinese zither. The fascinating “Peacock Dance” was performed to much applause, and was followed by a display of calligraphy to beautiful live zither music.