The Lunar New Year is a time for festivity and celebration around the world. Celebrations start at the beginning of the lunar month (which changes on the Gregorian calendar). This year, the first day of the Lunar New Year fell on Saturday, 28 January. Each year, the Chinese culture celebrates a different zodiac animal. The year 2017 is the year of the Rooster.
Performing in a dragon dance team incorporates multiple skill sets; like all performing arts, it requires training as a team, acrobatics, and dance. As a performing arts medicine specialist, I also examine the physical risks. These dancers are at high risk for injury. The performers are out in the sun or rain, in outdoor arenas full of concrete and uneven surfaces, often interacting with the crowd in an improvisational manner.