GK Lions in Boston.com

Check out all the photos from Boston Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade at Boston.com! Here are a couple of GK ๐Ÿ™‚

GK Lions and the Buddha blessing a shop (from Boston.com)
GK Lions and the Buddha blessing a shop (from Boston.com)
GK Lions parading (from Boston.com)
GK Lions parading (from Boston.com)
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GK Lion Dance Parade in Metro Newspaper

Guess what? We were in today’s Metro Newspaper!

Chinatown Horses Around (Metro Newspaper, 2/10/2014)
Chinatown Horses Around (Metro Newspaper, 2/10/2014)

Oh lady, talk about a marathon session of lion dancing. After the lion and dragon stage performances, we were parading with two lions in the streets of Chinatown from 11AM until 4:30PM! Needless to say, some of us scheduled in some massages today ๐Ÿ™‚

To get all the latest GK Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year updates and photos, “Like” our Facebook page! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 โ€“ 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 โ€œDenโ€ (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 โ€“ 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 2ย by filling out the form below:

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‘Luxury Urbanism’ in Boston’s Chinatown

Boston Chinatown
The Kensington apartments and Millenium Place condominiums, behind, tower over Chinatown at the intersection of Stuart, Kneeland and Washington streets. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Our practice space is right around the corner from the newly-built Kensington and Millenium Place. It’s the changing face of Chinatown…

Over the decades, cheap rents made the neighborhood an attractive place for waves of immigrants โ€” Irish, Italians and Jews. At one time the area was even called Syriatown.

But today, the neighborhood of low-rise buildings is in high demand. New luxury apartment buildings are driving up property values, and driving out longtime residents. Theyโ€™re being displaced by a new wave of immigrants โ€” wealthy entrepreneurs, from China.

Read More

[via WBUR]

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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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Kung Fu Federation Mid-Autumn Celebration Dinner

The Ladies of GK at the Kung Fu Federation's Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
The Ladies of GK at the Kung Fu Federation’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

A few members from both the lion and dragon teams came out to celebrate the Kung Fu Federation’s Mid Autumn Festival at the Hei La Moon restaurant in Boston, MA last Sunday on September 15.

The evening opened up with a lion dance performance followed by a solo performance of traditional Chinese dance, martial arts demonstrations in tai chi, kung fu, shao lin, Filipino fight sticks, and more. It was action-packed.

Sifus, instructors, and representatives from respective schools and troupes gather for a photo together.
Sifus, instructors, and representatives from respective schools and troupes gather for a photo together.
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Boston August Moon Festival Lion & Dragon Dance Performances

If you didn’t get a chance to catch our lion and dragon dance performances, you can check them out here ๐Ÿ™‚

Lion Dance kicked off the festival.

Dragon Dance opened up the main stage performances.

Thanks to our friend BrianAnime for the footage!

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Boston August Moon Festival 2013

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival

The Boston August Moon Festival will be taking place this coming Sunday in Chinatown!

GK will be up on the stage first with both lion and dragon dance performances. The weather is looking to be just perfect so come on out! The event runs until 5PM.

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A Blast from the Past: Kevin Spacey

Back in 2008, the movie 21 starring Kevin Spacey came out in movie theatres all over the country.

And guess who made the cut? We did ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out some of the scenes that were shot in Boston’s Chinatown. It was a very long night.

Gund Kwok, on the set of 21 starring Kevin Spacey
Look at the Dragonettes, aka dragon dance ladies, whip that dragon!

 

Gund Kwok, on the set of 21 starring Kevin Spacey
Not sure how many times we had to run around, but it did get dark and they did have to break out the flood lights.
Gund Kwok, on the set of 21 starring Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey, the man himself, with our dragon being held by our Troupe founder/leader Cheng Imm Tan.

 

All in all, it was thrilling, fun, exciting, and tiring. We made the cut this time so if you ever watch the movie, you’ll see us for like 10 seconds ๐Ÿ˜›

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A Blast from the Past: Matt Damon

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, Boston, MA with Matt Damon
Photo taken by Carla Osberg, 7/14/2005

Here’s a blast from the past…with Boston’s very own, Matt Damon! He was in town filming “The Departed” back in 2005. We were invited to do a little filming of a scene ourselves as well ๐Ÿ™‚

FYI he is the nicest!

(And yes, we were super giddy that day)

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Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival, 2010

Meeting Woo Ching White Crane on Tyler Street featured on page 2 of The Boston Metro!

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe meeting Woo Ching White Crane on Tyler Street

Chinatown fest celebrates a tiger of a year

Crowds of residents and tourists gathered in Chinatown yesterday to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Lion Dance Festival. The event kicked off at the main stage in Phillips Square at Harrison Avenue and Essex Street, and continued around the neighborhood with different clubs leading the parade. The Lunar New Year, which officially began on Feb. 14, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. This year is the year of the tiger.

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