Thank You to Our Amazing Volunteers!

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

We’d like to thank our amazing volunteers for making this year’s Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration a success!

From holding flags to dropping lion heads & a dragon off to going to all the shops so that they’d be ready for us to steering the drum cart to making sure our supply cart was stocked to crowd control and to everything else in between — we THANK YOU!

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Rescheduled Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade for Sunday, FEB 21 @ 10AM!

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

The arctic temperatures did not cooperate with us last Sunday, but the celebration has been rescheduled for the upcoming Sunday on February 21, 2016 at 10AM!

Again, the event will kick off at 1oAM on Harrison Avenue in Boston Chinatown (near Kaze Shabu Shabu, Cha Time, Beard Papa’s, and Asian Garden Restaurant) with stage performances. Lion dancers will then go around with their troupes to all the shops and restaurants blessing them and bringing good fortune for the new year.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up at http://gundkwok.org/volunteer/.

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See you SUNDAY, FEB 21 at 10AM!

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**CANCELLED** Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, FEB 14 at 11AM

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

**UPDATE** Due to extreme cold weather, the event has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled. We will keep you updated!

You can never predict what Mother Nature is going to throw at you when the Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade arrives. Like, that year it snowed and we lion danced on regardless. Now, we’re expecting temperatures that will be 20-30 below zero for Sunday, February 14. I guess you can add this to the list of assorted weather elements we’ve lion and dragon danced in.

If you should be so brave as to come out to watch us, please use caution!

A wind chill warning is in effect from 4PM Saturday until noon on Sunday. Wind chills will be between 20 and 30 below zero with temperatures falling to 5 below zero Saturday night into Sunday morning. Outdoor exposure should be limited.

We’re going to have our heat tech, thermals, hats, gloves, face masks, hand/foot warmers at the ready to get us and our amazing volunteers through this arctic blast of weather.

The event will kick off at 11AM on Harrison Avenue in Boston Chinatown (near Kaze Shabu Shabu, Cha Time, Beard Papa’s, and Asian Garden Restaurant) with stage performances. Lion dancers will then go around with their troupes to all the shops and restaurants blessing them and bringing good fortune for the new year.

It’s going to be interesting and definitely memorable.

Wish us luck!

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Dragon Dance Performance at QARI Lunar New Year Market & Food Festival on Saturday, JAN 30th

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

The GK Dragonettes will take the stage at 1PM on Saturday, January 30th at North Quincy High School in Quincy, MA to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

This year’s event still includes free live entertainment, along with a new karaoke session featuring a DJ in the auditorium. There will be a New Year market inspired by the night markets found in Asia, which will feature retail vendors selling traditional goods for New Year and crafts from local artists and businesses.

The event is FREE and open to the public from 1PM-7PM. For more information, check Quincy Asian Resource for all the latest updates!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Lion / Dragon Dance with Gund Kwok

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

You’re thinking about doing lion/dragon dance. So, just do it already — SIGN-UP! But, if you need more reasons, here are 10 to help you say, “Yes!” to lion/dragon dance with Gund Kwok.

 

1. Become stronger and more flexible! You’ll gain 20+ workout buddies who won’t let you quit.
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2. Eat, eat & eat lots of food — after practice, random hang-outs, and GK parties. Be prepared!
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3. Compete with the men and be as good as they are!
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4. Film a movie or TV scene with Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey, and Samantha Brown…not to name-drop or anything 😛
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5. Need a space to yell and scream? We do a LOT of it here. The louder, the better.
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6. Have everyone think you are badass because you will be one.
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7. Clothing swaps. We like to get together and swap clothes that actually fit Asian women.

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8. Built-in sisterhood. Have your own group of cheerleaders following you everywhere.
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9. Have bragging rights to doing something none of your friends can do.
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10. Finally — and, most important — become powerful in everything you do. Live a bigger life!
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FREE Dragon Dance Class in October!

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

For 2015, we will be holding a FREE Dragon Dance class. Choose one of the following dates to join in:

  • Monday, OCT 19th at 6:30PM-9PM
  • Monday, OCT 26th at 6:30PM-9PM

If you’re an Asian female, come join us for a trial class. It’s fun and FREE! Classes are located on the lower level of the China Trade Center in Boston Chinatown. Bring workout clothes, sneakers, and a water bottle. For more information, contact kdbobrov@gmail.com.

To sign up, please fill out the form:

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An American Mulan Story: 2015 Short Waves BAAFF Submission

This Short Waves 2015 submission by Mei Lei is presented by Boston Asian American Film Festival. Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community is BAAFF’s screening of short videos in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. The screening featured shorts collected from the Open Call.

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Gund Kwok Lion Dancing – An American Mulan Story from Mei Lei on Vimeo.

As an Asian American filmmaker, I wanted to discover the inner strength of the Asian American women in Gund Kwok dragon and lion dancing troupe, where these group of women push their boundaries and keep their culture & identity at the same time. ~Mei Lei, filmaker

 

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Learn Lion & Dragon Dance! Classes start SEP 10th!

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Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe is offering a 10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class, which includes a free Dragon Dance Trial class, is available for only $100 with an opportunity to join our troupe upon graduation. All skill levels are welcome and accepted!

When: Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00pm
Duration: 10 weeks, September 10 until November 12, 2015
Location: China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St. (lower level)
What to Bring: Workout clothes, sneakers, water
Cost: $100 (check or cash accepted)

Content: Each class will begin with exercise to condition and build stamina. The rest of class time will be devoted to learning different skills and moves for the lion.
Note: Your trial class will be taught by many different GK Lion troupe members and occur during GK’s regular lion practice time. This means you get to meet and learn from all the wonderful GK lion dancers!

Contact: Heang Ly, heangly@gmail.com by September 4th, 2015

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Dragon Dance Performance at Quincy August Moon Festival on Sunday, AUG 16th

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The GK Dragonettes will take the stage at 11AM on Sunday, August 16th on Hancock Street in Quincy Center!

For more information, check out the Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. Facebook page for all the latest updates!

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Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival, Sunday, AUG 9, 2015

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival 2015

The Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival will be taking place this weekend on Sunday, August 9th in the AM. We’ll be one of the first troupes up on stage performing the lion and dragon dance.

For more information, check out our Facebook Page.

Location: Harrison & Beach Street, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion & Dragon Dance Stage Performance (Video)

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion & Dragon Dance Stage Performance | GUND KWOK

Here’s this past Sunday’s Lion & Dragon Dance stage performances. This kicked off our day-long lion dance parading through the streets of Chinatown.

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Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration & Lion Parade

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration & Lion Parade 2015 | GUND KWOK
When Lions meet, they say, “Hi!”

What a great day of lion dancing! We’d like to thank all our volunteers and friends for making the day a success!

Check our Our Facebook page and find ‘GundKwok’ on Instagram for the latest and greatest photos and videos!

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year from GUND KWOK!

 

We’d like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

And if you’d like to celebrate the Year of the Goat with us, there are a few opportunities to do so!

MFA Boston Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 21 from noon-2:30PM

Peabody Essex Museum Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 28 from 11AM-1PM

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade on Sun, Mar 1 from 10AM-5PM
Note that we are still in need of volunteers! Please sign-up and be a part of this Lunar New Year tradition! More information can be found here. To sign up, fill out the form below:

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Call for 2015 Chinatown Lunar New Year GK Volunteers! We need YOU!

Become a GK Volunteer!

Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Goat) with the Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, as they parade through the streets of Chinatown and lion dance for the stores and restaurants, as well as perform on the main stage on Sunday, March 1st. Gund Kwok is one of 8-10 troupes performing that day. You also get to experience an unforgettable day of Chinese New Year sights, sounds, and smells!

Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, was established in February 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing the lion and dragon dances.

Get a glimpse of the experience from last year – look at GK pictures from Lunar New Year 2014: Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year 2014

As a volunteer ….

Roles

You will be assigned to be a flag carrier, crowd control person, runner, cart lugger, photographer, videographer, or helping with miscellaneous tasks.

Attire

  • You will get to borrow and wear a Gund Kwok hooded sweatshirt to identify that you are with the Troupe.
  • Please dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Please wear black pants and comfortable, appropriate footwear. Ear plugs, hand and toe warmer packets are provided if needed. Please do not carry any backpacks or other bags on you – personal belongings may be kept at the GK “Den” (someone is stationed during the entire day to track the comings and goings of all volunteers and troupe members, and to keep an eye on your belongings).

Food

Breakfast and lunch are provided. ALL volunteers are invited to stay for a free dinner that evening to thank you for your time and commitment (Restaurant: Hei La Moon, in Chinatown)

Information/Contact Info

Days prior to the Festival, you will receive documents and information for the day of the Festival, including FAQ’s and Volunteer Role Descriptions, and information for the Gund Kwok Volunteer Liaison (your main volunteer contact on that day).

Transportation

  • Take public transportation. Street parking is virtually non-existent on the day of the event.
  • MBTA: Green Line – Boylston Street T stop; Orange Line – Chinatown or New England Medical Center T stops, Red Line – Downtown Crossing or Park Street T stops.

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2014 Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Trial Classes!

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, Boston, MA

We hope you are having an extraordinary summer! We are excited to inform you that the Gund Kwok troupe, the only all-Asian female troupe, will be providing lion and dragon dance classes after Labor Day. Come learn a centuries-old tradition while getting your workout on with a wonderful group of diverse Asian women! The key details are listed below. Please feel free to share this with your Asian female friends and colleagues who may be interested.

What: Lion and Dragon dance classes
When: Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00pm from 9/11 – 11/13
Duration: 10 weeks (8 classes devoted to lion, one class devoted to dragon, and the last class will be your “graduation” performance)
Location: China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St. (go down stairs to the lower level)
What to Bring: Workout clothes, sneakers, water
Cost: $100

During the 10th week, you will “graduate” from the Gund Kwok trial program by performing a lion dance with your classmates for your friends and family!

If interested, please fill out the form below by end of day Fri., 9/5 as to whether or not you will be participating in our trial classes — please check off the box for “10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class”. We can’t wait to see you there!

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