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I have always loved the lion dance. As a child growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 70s, I remember countless times watching the majestic lions parading down the streets, moving powerfully as the martial artists
beneath them performed to the beat of the large drum and clamoring gong and cymbals. Exploding firecrackers added to the excitement as the sound of their popping and the scent of burned gunpowder filled the air. From those foundational moments as a kid, to joining my first troop as a teen and teaching future generations as an adult I’ve always sought ways to further my knowledge and share what I’ve learned about the art with others.
I joined my first lion dance group in the early 80s and started the Lion's Cave website in 1995. That website grew into an email listserv. Although both of those have gone defunct, a few years later the online forum was born. All of these tools I developed to help spread the art of lion dancing and to bring lion dancers from all over the world together. Somewhere along the line I got it into my head that I wanted to learn how the darn things were built and now all my spare time is taken up with bending and binding bamboo.
As you can see lion dancing is a lifetime passion for me and there is always more to learn.
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