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​​​​Who are we?

University of Bristol Chinese Lion Dance Troupe is a cultural society in University of Bristol. We were founded in 1995 and have since been actively involved in the Bristol community every year. Our troupe aims to promote Chinese culture and create awareness regarding Chinese Lion Dance, which is a traditional performing art in Chinese culture.


What is Chinese Lion Dance?

Chinese Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, usually performed on special occasions such as Chinese New Year, special celebrations and wedding ceremonies. Not to be confused with dragon dance, the Chinese Lion Dance is performed by two dancers who mimics the movement of a lion in a lion costume. The Chinese Lion Dance is performed to spread happiness, luck and prosperity. 


Who can join?

We welcome anyone of any knowledge regarding Chinese Lion Dance to join us! Whether you're previously part of a troupe, watched some Chinese Lion Dance performances or just merely interested, we guarantee a space for you as long as you have the passion! In fact, most of our troupe members started without any background knowledge.


What do we do?

The main components of Chinese Lion Dance consist of the lion dancers and the musicians. A lion is performed by a pair of dancers and the musicians consist of a drummer, a gong player and the cymbalists. Beginners usually start with the cymbals and eventually progress to either be a lion dancer or learn other musical instruments.


We hold practice session weekly throughout the term. We teach, learn, practice and of course, perform together! We are a small troupe, we often eat together after practice sessions and celebrate Chinese New Year together! We don't charge any member fees. We have occasional performances for restaurants, private events and celebrations throughout the term. We're busiest during Chinese New Year and we perform annually in the Bristol Museum during Chinese New Year!


Upcoming events


Weekly practice session

Come and join us for our weekly practice session if you're interested in joining the troupe! Held every Saturday, 2 PM in the Stephenson Room, Richmond Building (Student Union). Just wear your preferred comfortable sports attire. Get in touch with us through email or Facebook to avoid disappointment in case there are changes in our scheduled practice session.

Performance Requests

If you are someone or a society that is looking to hire us for a performance, you can drop us an email to get a quote from us by emailing, Or simply get in contact with us for any other enquiries!



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Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


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As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


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