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How to Book a Lion Dance – A Step-by-step Guide

Updated: Mar 29

Lion dances are a traditional Chinese art form that are performed at major events to bring good luck and fortune for all those in attendance.

Chau Luen Athletics has been performing at weddings, community events, and business openings for decades. We’ve recently even branched out to other performances including birthday lion dances and starring in short films.

Curious what the process is like to book your own lion dance? Here’s a step-by-step guide of what to expect when booking a lion dance so you can see just how easy it is to have a memorable performance at your next milestone event.

How to book a lion dance in Vancouver – the first call

Whenever you're ready to get started, all you need to do is reach out to us using our easy-to-use contact form.

One thing that makes Chau Luen Athletics stand out is our commitment to our clients.

We walk you through every step of the process to ensure that you’ll be given a fully customizable lion dance, no matter when or where your dream performance will take place.

Within a few business days of sending an inquiry, one of our staff will reach out to you to book a discovery call. Here, we’ll ask you some simple questions about things like:

  • logistics, including location, parking, and audience details,

  • height and space restrictions,

  • how you want the routine to look, and

  • your ideal photo poses.

With all this information, we’ll work with you on pricing and any questions you may have about the big day.

Of course, we won’t expect you to have all the answers right away, so don’t be intimidated. We’re very flexible and can accommodate some changes – we’ll work with you to make your event one for the ages.

How much does a lion dance cost?

Because there are so many different factors at play, the pricing will vary from one lion dance to the next. Things like location, the number of lions, and whether you’ll be requesting LED lions all factor into the pricing.

One thing to note is that we have reduced rates for community events. If you want to showcase traditional Chinese culture at your event, our commitment to our community ensures you will get a reasonable price.

Follow-up meetings to iron out all the details

Normally, we have sync-up meetings with all of our clients around 2 weeks to a month before the actual performance. This is to ensure we are all on the same page and to cover any last-minute changes.

If you have any major adjustments, please feel free to reach out to your Chau Luen representative and we’ll do our best to accommodate them. The earlier we know about any changes, the better.

What to expect from a lion dance on the day of the performance

Chau Luen Athletics preparing for a wedding lion dance in Vancouver, BC

On your big day, we will show up around 45 minutes to an hour early. If you want us to stay hidden, we’ll find a spot where your guests won’t see us (we’re known for our surprise entrances).

For instance, at a wedding, we normally wait for the attendees to all enter and be seated before we make our grand entrance.

From there, you and your guests will experience the magic and blessings of a lion dance!

Say and Sarah's wedding with a lion dance performance from Chau Luen Athletics

Ready to book your own lion dance?

Now that you know how to book a lion dance with us, feel free to reach out at any time to get the ball rolling. Even if you aren’t sure about booking one, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about the process.

We hope to be entertaining you and your guests very soon!

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