Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Celebrates Chinese New Year

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     Issue 23     February 8, 2013

Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Celebrates Chinese New Year

The Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy celebrated the Chinese New Year with a school-wide assembly for their Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade students.  This was their first event together as one school now that the Dwight students and staff have officially merged to the Bellizzi campus location at the start of the New Year.  Students, staff and parents came together to enjoy an Asian themed performance by Young Audiences Arts for Learning called Dance China NY.  Since traditionally Chinese holidays like the Moon Festival are based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the date on the western calendar changes from one year to the next.  2013 is the year of the Snake and it begins on February 10th.  The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  At the Chinese New Year Celebration students were able to view the Lion dance, a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture.  Other acts included the Monkey King, a main character in the Chinese classic epic novel Journey to the West, the Ribbon Dance where students participated and a Fan Dance with excerpts from the Peking Opera.
 
 
 
 

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