Quincy August Moon Festival on Sunday, Aug 17th!

Quincy August Moon Festival

The GK Dragon team will be performing this Sunday in Quincy!

The August Moon Festival will be Sunday August 17th, 2014 11AM-5PM on Hancock St by Quincy Center. The event will be co-chaired by Pat Small, Kim Chan, and Frank Poon. The festival is a community event filled with vendors, food trucks, games, and activities for children. There will be performances held throughout the day, featuring a Lion Dance at our opening ceremony at 11AM. The event is great for families and to get to know the Quincy Community.

For more info, please visit Quincy Asian Resources.

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Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival on Sunday Aug 10th!

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival, Gund Kwok
The Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival will be taking place on Sunday, Aug 10th!

GK lion and dragon stage performances will be at approximately 1PM. Hope to see you all there!

Location: Harrison & Beach Street, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
In/Outdoor: Outdoor
Cost: Free

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Dragon Dance Trial Class Sign-Up! Mon, April 7 @ 6:30PM-9PM

The Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe is hosting a FREE trial class for Asian women in the Greater Boston area.

Where have I seen your troupe before?
Many places! Here’s a short list: Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration, Quincy Lunar New Year Celebration, BU’s Origins Culture Show, and on TV and in movies: The Departed!

What is Gund Kwok?
Gund Kwok, which means heroine in Chinese, symbolizes women’s power and strength. We are a team of dynamic Asian American women of all ages, professional backgrounds, and personalities! Check out the unique GK experience on NPR!

What is Dragon Dance?
The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year and other major celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Check out our moves!

What is a trial class?
A trial class is open to all Asian American women of all ages and is an opportunity to try Dragon Dance. You will be given an introduction of Dragon Dance, followed by a warm up, and then off to get under the dragon!

Hope to see you there!

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GK Dragon Dance at Boston Univ. Origins Culture Show [VIDEO]

Here are the GK Dragonettes making a memorable entrance…well, not entirely captured here, but we took down the curtain backstage area. I mean, the MCs were talking about the dragon destroying the village so we took that to heart and did it.

Anyhow, thank you Boston University Chinese Student Association for having us be a part of your show!

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GK at Boston University’s Chinese Students Association Origins Show

BUCSA Presents: Origins (CSA Culture Show)

This Sunday on February 23rd, the GK Dragonettes will be taking the stage at the Metcalf Ballroom at Boston University with a dragon dance performance on stage.

The BU Chinese Students Association will be presenting “Origins,” a culture show celebrating Chinese culture.

EVENT DETAILS: Doors open at 5:00PM in Metcalf Ballroom

Tickets: $5

For more information, visit the BU CSA Website.

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Throwback Thursday: GK with…Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel

Photo Feb 20, 2 31 46 PM

A few years back Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel came to try out dragon dance with us for a segment about….Boston! But, of course! 🙂

It was a lot of fun filming at the Boston Common.

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GK Featured in the Sampan Newspaper

Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn
Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn

In last week’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper, the GK Dragonettes were featured in an article re-capping the Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival. Beautiful photo!

Chinatown rings in Lunar New Year
By Mary “Molly” Finn

On a bright and crisp morning, the greater Chinatown community gathered in Philips Square to begin the Year of the Horse with good fortune and luck on Feb. 9. Several local leaders and community sponsors greeted the crowd in Chinese and English for a productive new year and appreciation for the traditional performances.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pledged to work with his council to make sure long-term residents can stay in Chinatown.

Boston District 2 city councilor Bill Linehan thanked Chinatown families, residents of District 2, for their support. Linehan said the Year of the Horse is symbolic for him because he has been called a “cowboy.” Linehan hoped the next year embodied the strong and energetic qualities of a horse, full of prosperity.

Michelle Wu, the first Asian female Boston city councilor-at-large wished the crowd a happy new year. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, captured the crowd’s attention as he read his speech, composed entirely in Mandarin. And Lisa Wong, mayor of Fitchburg, reminded people that the most important thing is family. She asked for help wishing her grandmother, a late Chinatown resident, “Gong hei fat choi!” or good luck and prosperity.

The dances were full of color and energy as the lions jumped around the stage. Ultimately a lion tossed an orange, a symbol of prosperity, to a lucky young member in the crowd. Of the six acts, one featured Gund Kwok, the first all-women’s lion dance club, taking the stage with two bright yellow lions and their tamer. Recently recognized on NPR, Gund Kwok has expanded the Chinese tradition of martial arts here in Boston from a historically male-dominated sport.

Phuni Meston held her younger daughter and swayed to the beat of the drum to keep warm as the lion dancers performed. This is her younger daughter’s second Chinese New Year celebration. Her husband, Eddy, studied kung fu for more than two decades at the White Crane School, formally known as Woo Ching’s Bak Hok Pai, which performed at the event.

Meston said it was “so important to expose my daughters to kung fu to find balance in life and maintain a cultural connection” to their heritage. Having grown up in Taiwan, she saw much political strife; meanwhile, cultural traditions, dance and celebrations sustained the people throughout the years.

The cultural performances celebrated Chinese New Year, which officially began Jan. 31.

Visit Sampan.org for the original article.

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GK Dragon Dance at QARI Lunar New Year Festival

GK Dragonettes take the stage!

What a great crowd and a great time at North Quincy High School this past Sunday for the Quincy Lunar New Year Festival. Luckily, it didn’t snow that much the night before so the show was able to go on as planned.

It was a lot of fun. The GK lions along with the lions from Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy paraded down to the stage with the GK Dragon following.

Thank you QARI for having us!

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Quincy Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, Feb 16th!

The Lunar New Year celebrations aren’t over yet!

GK will be performing a dragon dance next Sunday in Quincy at North Quincy High School for the city’s Lunar New Year Festival 🙂 We’re on at 10AM!

For event info, visit QARI.

Quincy’s Lunar New Year Festival will be on Sunday, February 16th from 10:30am to 4:00pm at North Quincy High School at 316 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171.
Quincy’s Lunar New Year Festival will be on Sunday, February 16th from 10:30am to 4:00pm at North Quincy High School at 316 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171.
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Become a GK Volunteer for Lunar New Year Festival!

Become a GK Volunteer!

Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse) 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. 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!

Get a glimpse of the experience from last year – look at GK pictures from Lunar New Year 2013:

As a volunteer ….

Roles:
You will be assigned to be a

  • flag carrier
  • crowd control person
  • runner
  • cart lugger
  • photographer
  • videographer
  • 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).

Date/Time:
Sunday, February 9, 2014 / 9:00am – 4pm (shifts available)

Where:
Boston Chinatown; meet at China Trade Center; 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Volunteer SHIFTS

All day:
9:00 am to 4 pm (or whenever we finish)

Half Day:
9:00 am to 1pm

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

RSVP with:

  1. your shift preference
  2. your role preference, and
  3. yes/no to join for dinner

RSVP by Sunday, February 2 by filling out the form below:

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Throwback Thursday: Dragon Dance AAJA Practice

Profile on GK Dragons as we practiced for the Asian American Journalists Association Gala in 2009
Profile on GK Dragons as we practiced for the Asian American Journalists Association Gala in 2009 by Daniel Sato.

Check out the video piece by Daniel Sato as we prepare for a performance.

The lion that roars into the opening reception Wednesday evening boasts a distinctive voice — that of female power and creativity. Named after the Chinese word for heroine, the troupe is the only all-female lion and dragon performance group in the country. The Boston-based troupe of more than two dozen performers celebrated its 10th year last fall.

[source: Daniel Sato]

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GK To Celebrate Boston Children’s Museum’s Centennial

Gund Kwok dragon dance at 2013 Boston August Moon Festival
Gund Kwok dragon dance at 2013 Boston August Moon Festival

This Friday on October 4th at 8PM, GK will be participating in an outdoor dragon dance performance in celebration of the Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th Birthday!

Join us for an outdoor performance collaboration by 500 members of Boston Children’s Chorus supported by Urbanity Dance and Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Group. This half-hour celebration will culminate with Boston Children’s Museum’s Friday night family learning and singing the song commissioned for our 100th anniversary, “I Am a River of Hope” by composer Jim Papoulis. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience!

For more information, visit Boston Children’s Museum.

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Learn the Art of Lion and Dragon Dance NOW!

Gund Kwok is currently offering the following classes:

  • 10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class: starts Thursday, OCT 3 from 6:30PM-9PM
  • 6-Week Children’s Lion Dance Class: starts Saturday, Oct 5 from 3:30PM-5PM
  • Free Dragon Dance Trial Classes: Mon, OCT 7 & Wed, OCT 16 from 6:30PM-9PM

Trial class curriculum covers strengthening exercises, martial arts stances, basic kicks, punches, cymbal playing, role of Buddha and more.

GK 2013 Classes

To sign-up, please fill out the form below and note which class you’re interested in!

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2013 Gund Kwok Troupe Photo

Gund Kwok Last Supper

Check out our 2013 team photo based off of “The Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

It was a fun shoot that we did right after our August Moon performance. Some of us were starving a bit so the props ended up being eaten. More team photo featuring all our members — “Cubs” too — on the way.

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GK 2013 Lion and Dragon Classes!

Spread the word!

We’ve got the following classes starting up soon:

  • 10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class: starts Thursday, OCT 3 from 6:30PM-9PM
  • Free Dragon Dance Trial Classes: Mon, OCT 7 & Wed, OCT 16 from 6:30PM-9PM
  • 6-Week Children’s Lion Dance Class: starts Saturday, Oct 5 from 3:30PM-5PM

GK 2013 Classes

To sign-up, please fill out the form below and note which class you’re interested in!

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