By Madina Toure
Lion dancers will ring in Lunar New Year at The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing.
Lunar New Year is Feb. 8. Starting Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the center, located at 40-24 College Point Blvd., Norman Chin’s Southern Praying Mantis Lion Dance Team, a popular lion dance troupe in the New York City area, will perform in traditional southern style on Level D of the center. The performance is free of charge.
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers imitates a lion’s movements in a lion costume.
The team was established in 1994. In addition to performing during the yearly Lunar New Year festivities for more than 15 years, the team has also been performing for weddings, cultural events, grand openings and other corporate celebrations.
A disciple of the late Master Ho Doon Chin, Norman Chin is a Master of the Kwong Sai Jook Lum Gee Tong Long Pai — Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu based in New York City.
With more than 35 years of teaching experience, Chin currently has schools in New York and New Jersey.
Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour