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Problems adjusting to a lion without an inner buckle

 
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ThatRandomBlokeX



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:19 pm    Post subject: Problems adjusting to a lion without an inner buckle Reply with quote

Hello, I've been practicing Fut San lion dance for 5 years now as a tail, during which time I've become accustomed and extremely fond of having an inner belt to buckle up so the lion's skin doesn't fly off during performances.
Recently the lion dance troupe I perform with imported two new lions, without buckles. My partner and I are very fond of imitating a very energetic, playful lion, which suited us fine when we used the lions with buckles, but now we're finding it hard to adjust to the new lions, our Sifu has suggested we slow down a little, and for me to just hold onto the sides of the skin.
Is there any other possible technique, or counter measure for this, as I enjoy quick movements, and I like my hands to be free to hold my partner's sash to allow for quicker stunts.

EDIT: mistyped my style as Hok San lion dance.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holding the sides to flap the tail and simulate the lion breathing is old school! With the long tails it was necessary to do that to keep the right balance of tension against your butt and slack for the head to move.

The newer more acrobatic style almost requires a strap of some sort to keep it on. I would say just get a cheap nylon strap/buckle and sew it on yourself. If you have an old backpack or something you can even recycle it from there.
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ThatRandomBlokeX



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I know, mate, haha, thanks for the advice Lionscave, I'll go ask if we could sew a strap on the lion at the next training,

Cheers!
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