College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

CPP Lion Dance Group Awarded Special Commendation

CPP Lion Dance Group award by the County of Los Angeles

February 24, 2015. Students from the Cal Poly Pomona Lion Dance Group were awarded a special commendation by the County of Los Angeles. The commendation, signed by all five L.A. County Supervisors, was issued in recognition of their civic pride and dedicated service and numerous contributions to the affairs of the community. During Lunar New Years the group performed at various venues including universities, churches, and senior centers. Lion dancing is a ancient Chinese tradition that is widely performed during weddings, store openings, and the most importantly Lunar New Year. The purpose of a lion dance performance is to bring good luck along with prosperity. The sound of the drums and cymbals represent the purification of negative energy, while the powerful stances scares away evil spirits from the premise. The lion or “shīzi“in Chinese is a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune.

The Cal Poly Lion Dance Group started out as a small diverse group of individuals fascinated by Chinese culture. In the Fall of 2010, the lion dance group was established at Cal Poly Pomona under the Chinese Student Association. Since Fall 2010, the team has performed over 30 performances from weddings, Lunar New Year celebrations, grand openings, and graduations. Preparation for the performances starts during the beginning of Fall Quarter and practices are scheduled based on member’s time availability. The team has been successful over the past four years and continues to grow with diversity, dedication, respect and the desire to spread Chinese culture.

Officers of the CPP Lion Dance Group include William Wu, president; Peter Castañon, vice president; Mahjabeen Ahmed, secretary; Jim Troung, treasurer. Active members include Christopher Chang, Diana Figueroa, Malhar Pendse, Ryan Siaumau, Savannah Tabor, Natalie Tran and Ryan Wong.