The most famous of musical performances in the New Year is the Dragon Dance coupled with the amazing footwork of the martial artist, the deep resounding rhythm of the Chinese drums, and the lighting of the crazy firecrackers. Chinatown Kung Fu Lion Dance Troupe at Chinese New Year 2011.
One of the traditional performances in a Chinese New Year celebration comes from the amazing talents of the acrobat. Not only do they perform amazing physical feats, but they like to do them while balancing and spinning household items simultaneously.
Vicky Mense, Xi'an Owner and Cece Tsou, Manager, offer cabbage to the Lions in the Chinese New Year celebration. Traditionally, the owner of the business will attach a red envelope filled with money to a head of cabbage or lettuce, and then hold it above in the air. The lion will approach the greens, and 'eat' the greens but spit out the money. This part of the Lion Dance brings good fortune.
Harpist Jon Shi at Xi'an on Chinese New Year 2010.
Mrs. Reims at Chinese New Year 2010.
Manager, Cece Tsou's son, Zane with storyteller.
Tao, Vicky Mense and Vicki Walters at Xi'an Chinese New Year 2010.
The annual Smile Gala for Operation Smile, a medical foundation helping children afflicted by facial disfigurements, honored Vicky Mense with the Wallis Annenberg Public Service Award. The gala raised approximately $2 million for the charity. www.operationsmile.org. Photo Vicky, Rafi, Natalie and Daniel Mense.