40 children graduate from lion dance training program

Integrated resort operator MGM China held a graduation ceremony on Saturday for 40 youth graduates from this year’s Junior Lion Dance Training Program.
The 40 graduates put on performances at the Grande Praça in MGM Macau on Saturday, showing guests what they had learned in the past seven weeks of training. Guests of honor at the event presented the children with certificates and words of encouragement.
Held since 2015, “Junior Lion Dance Training Program” is tailor-made for children aged between five to eight years old. It is co-organized by MGM and Hong Wai Dragon & Lion Dance Association Macau, and supported by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Macao Government Tourism Office, the Sports Bureau and the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau.
The youth training program aims to promote the lion dance as traditional Lingnan heritage and in this way strengthen the bond of young people with their culture and with the nation, according to organizers.
Since its inception, the program has trained around 380 lion dancers, of which about 80 have continued their education with a more advanced course called the “Junior Lion Dance Continuous Training Program.” DB

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