Learn Chinese Lion Dance! 10-Week Trial Class Starts THU, Mar 31st!

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

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, Mar 31st until Apr 2, 2015
Location: China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St. (lower level)
What to Bring: Workout clothes, sneakers, water
Cost: $100 (check or cash accepted)

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

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 — check off the box for “10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class”. We can’t wait to see you there!

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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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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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GK Performance on Sat, JUN 7th 4PM @ Boston Medical Center

ExprASIANS - fundraiser sponsored by Boston Medical Center in support of Asian Women for Health

We’re opening the ceremony for ExprAsians to support Asian women health!

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the ExprAsians website.

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GK Cubs at BCNC’s Chinese New Year Banquet on Fri, Mar 7th!

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet

This Friday on March 7, 2014, the GK Cubs will be taking the stage to celebrate the New Year with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown.

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet
GK Cubs at BCNC, 2012

Go GK Cubs!

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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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GK at the Museum of Fine Arts Lunar New Year Celebration

Check out the parade and stage performance from a couple weeks ago — one day before our lion dancing marathon in Boston Chinatown. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is a beautiful space to perform in and the crowd & staff were amazing!

Stage Performance

Lion Parade

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Blue Dragon Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary with GK!

GK Lion Team with Ming Tsai at his restaurant the Blue Dragon, an Asian Gastropub located at the Fort Point Channel in Boston, MA
GK Lion Team with Ming Tsai at his restaurant the Blue Dragon, an Asian Gastropub located at the Fort Point Channel in Boston, MA

Thank you Ming Tsai/Blue Dragon Team for having us over last Thursday night to celebrate your one-year anniversary!

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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 🙂

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 Lions Perform at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!

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The GK Lions will be helping the Museum of Fine Arts usher in the Year of the Horse this coming Saturday, Feb 8th at 3PM!

It’s going to be a great event because guess what??? Admission is FREE! A lot of activities are planned like lantern-making, woodblock printing, Gong-Fu (a form of Chinese martial arts) and you can also meet Boston chef, and Flour bakery owner Joanne Chang at a book signing.

So, check us out and make a day of it!

For more information, visit Museum of Fine Arts website.

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GK Lions Celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Peabody Essex Museum

What a great day of Lunar Year festivities at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA this past Saturday! Here are the GK Lions coming in after the GK Cubs performance.

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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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