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Dunbar Lion Dance

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Forget tin cans tied to your car bumper. How about making a big noise about being “just married” with a Chinese lion dance accompanied by loud drummers? That’s how Andrew and Johanna kicked off their celebrations after I married them on the harbourside at Watsons Bay.

Lion Dance – history

This dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. It’s usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. You can also see it at wedding ceremonies, just as we did at Dunbar House. It was a great way to honour Andrew’s family culture and background.

The dance is accompanied by the beating of drums, cymbals, and gongs. Instruments synchronise to the lion dance movements and actions. Each style plays a unique beat.

Dance promise

In the ceremony, Johanna promised Andrew that she would “love you, laugh with you, and dance with you.” So she didn’t have to wait very long to do all of that when the lion dancers arrived!

Afterwards, she emailed to say, “Hi Stephen, thank you for an amazing ceremony! Andrew and I truly had the best day ever.”

The lion dance was performed by Sydney’s Yau Kung Mun Martial Arts Association.

Andrew and Johanna were married at Dunbar House, Watsons Bay, NSW.

Written by Stephen Lee
Marriage Celebrant Sydney