Lion dance 舞狮; 舞獅 is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. To start... You will need a lion head!
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1) Custom Futsan, Hoksan or Fok Hok Lion?
2) Size of Lion? Adult Size 2 or Baby Size 4. (Sizes available; 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) Size 1 is 58 inches curve rim, size 2 is 56 inches. Size 4 baby lion is 48 inches rim.
3) Color of sheep's fur?
4) Color of laser sticker or painted head?
5) Color of flame design on the head?
6) Color and material of Lion's body? eg: reflective sequin, satin materials or etc...
7) Date needed for the custom lion? Usually custom lion will be ready within 3 to 12 months.
8) Other special request for your custom order...
Custom Lion comes with a Lion Head, Lion Body, Pony Tail, Belt Clips and 2 Lion Pants. Baby Lion from $550. Adult lion from $650. A deposit of $250 required to confirm each custom lion order.
Lion Sizes and Curve Aluminum Rim measurements :
S1 (58 and 60 inches available) S1 are oversize head, add $50 for 58", $100 for 60" required.
S2 (56 inches)
S3 (54 inches)
S4 (48 inches)
S5 (46 inches)
S6 (44 inches)
S7 (42 inches)
S8 (40 inches)
1) Add team names on lion head. Add $20
2) Add team logo on lion head. Add $50
3) Sew team names on lion's collar. Add $20
4) Extra pairs of lion pants. Add $75 each. 2 will be $150
5) Custom extra lion pants without ordering lions. Each pants $100
6) 500 handsew tiger stripes add $250
7) Order extra same color lion at $50 off. eg: If you order a custom gold fur gold laser lion at $650 and request for another identical lion to be made. The second lion gets $50 off so you only pay $600 for the second piece.
Custom Lion Price and Ready Time.
1) 6-12 MONTHS Ready = US$650 per lion
2) 3-6 MONTHS Ready = US$790 per lion
3) 2-3 MONTHS Ready = US890 per lion (Priority Service) For customers with urgent dateline.
The lion dance originated in China close to a thousand years ago. There are different variations of the lion dance in other Asian cultures including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore,with each region possessing their own styles.
Lion dances can be broadly categorised into two styles, Northern (北獅) and Southern (南獅). Northern dance was used as entertainment for the imperial court. The northern lion is usually red, orange, and yellow (sometimes with green fur for the female lion), shaggy in appearance, with a golden head. The northern dance is acrobatic and is mainly performed as entertainment. Sometimes, they perform dangerous stunts.
Southern dance is more symbolic. It is usually performed as a ceremony to scare away evil spirits and to summon good luck and fortune. The southern lion exhibits a wide variety of colour and has a distinctive head with large eyes, a mirror on the forehead, and a single horn at center of the head. The lion dance also symbolises the myth of the Chinese new year
The Lion dance is often confused with the Chinese Dragon Dance, which features a team of around ten or more dancers. The Lion Dance usually consists of two people.
Canton is the homeland of the southern style. The southern horned lions are believed to be Nians.
The Cantonese style can be further divided into Fat Shan (Buddha Mountain), Hok Shan (Crane Mountain), Fat-Hok (minor style that exhibits a hybrid of Fat Shan and Hok Shan), Chau Ka (minor style performed by practitioners of Chau family style kung fu), and the Green Lion (Qing1 Shi1 - popular with the Fukien/Hokkien and Taiwanese).
Fat San is the style many Kung Fu schools adopt. It requires powerful moves and strength in stance. The lion becomes the representation of the Kung Fu school and only the most advance students are allowed to perform.
The Hok San style is more commonly known as a contemporary style. Contemporary Hok Shan style combines a southern lion head with Northern lion movements. Hok Shan style tries to reproduce a more life-like look, realistic movements, and acrobatic stunts. Its shorter tail is also a favorite among the troupes that do pole (jong) jumping.There is three important and the first colors of the lions. The lion with the white colored fur is considered to be the oldest of the lions. The lion with the goldish yellowish fur is the considered to be the middle child. Not the youngest or the oldest. And the black colored lion is considered to be the youngest lion so when people use this colour lion it should move fast and quick like a young child.
There are three types of lions: the golden lion, representing liveliness; the red lion, representing courage; and the green lion, representing friendship.
Three other famous lion types can also be identified: Liu Bei, Guan Gong and Zhang Fei. They represent historic characters in China that were recorded in the classic,Romance of the Three Kingdoms. These three were blood oath brothers that swore to restore the Han dynasty.
The Liu Bei (Cantonese: Lau Pei) lion is the eldest of the three brothers and has a yellow (actually imperial yellow as he became the first emperor of the Shu-Han Kingdom) based face with white beard and fur (to denote his wisdom). It sports a multi colored tail which encompasses the colors of the five elements, as it was believed that being the Emperor, he had the blessings of the heavens and thus control of the five elements. There are three coins on the collar. This lion is used by schools with an established Sifu (teacher) or organization and is known Rui shih (Shui Shi) or The Auspicious Lion.
The Guan Gong (Cantonese: Kwan Kung)lion has a red based face, black fur, with a long black beard (as he was also known as the "Duke with the Beautiful Beard"). The tail is red with black trim. He is known as the second brother and sports two coins on the collar. This Lion is known as Hsing Shih (Shing Shi) or the Awakened Lion. This lion is generally used by most.
The Zhang Fei (Cantonese: Chang Fei) lion has a black based face with short black beard, culiflowered ears, and black fur. The tail is black with white trim. Traditionally this lion also had bells attached to the body, which served as a warning like a rattler on a rattle snake. Being the youngest of the three brothers, there is a single coin on the collar. This Lion is known as the Fighting Lion because Zhang Fei had a quick temper and loved to fight. This lion is used by clubs that were just starting out.
Later an additional three Lions were added to the group. The Green faced lion represented Zhao Yun or Zhao (Cantonese: Chiu) Zi Long. He has a green tail with white beard and fur and an iron horn. He is often called the fourth brother, this lion is called the Heroic Lion because it is said he rode through Cao Cao’s million man army and rescued Liu Bei’s infant and fought his way back out. The Yellow (yellow/orange) face and body with white beard represented Huang Zhong(Cantonese: Wong Tsung) , we was given this color when Liu Bei rose to become Emperor. This lion is called the Righteous Lion. The white color lion is known as Ma Chao (Cantonese: Ma Chiu), he was assigned this color because he always wore a white arm band to battle against the Emperor of Wei, Cao Cao, to signify that he was in mourning for his father and brother who had been murdered by Cao Cao. Thus this lion was known as the funeral lion. This lion is never used except for a funeral for the Sifu or some important head of the group, and in such cases it is usually burned right after. Even if it is properly stored, it is not something one would want to keep, as it is symbolically inauspicious to have around. It is sometimes though, confused with the silver lion which sometimes has a white like coloring. These three along with Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were known as the “Five Tiger Generals of Shu,” each representing one of the colors of the five elements.
During the Chinese New Year, lion dancers from martial art school will visit the store front of businesses to "choi chang" (採青 lit. picking the greens). The business would tie a red envelope filled with money to a head of lettuce and hang it high above the front door. The lion will approach the lettuce like a curious cat, consume the lettuce and spit out the leaves but not the money. The lion dance is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to the business and the dancers receive the money as reward. The tradition becomes a mutual transaction.
Other types of "greens" (青) may also be used to challenge the troupe, for instance using pineapples, pomelos, bananas, oranges, sugar cane shoots, earthen pots to create pseudo barriers and challenges.
The dance also performed at other important occasions including Chinese festivals, business opening ceremonies and weddings.
Emplion Custom and Stocks Timelines :
June 9 Dragon Boat Festival, Sept 15 Mid Autumn Festivals, Jan 28 CNY 2017
Feb 19, Emplion Wishes All A Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Chinese Lunar New Year 2015.
July 09, Emplion 2015 Red Fur Gold Laser Baby Hoksan. $700 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
July 03, Emplion 2015 White Fur Red Laser Futsan. $850 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
May 11, Emplion 2015 Wood Grain Drums (IN STOCK) Click special deals page
April 21, Emplion 2015 Professional Ultra Violet Baby Dragon. $1800 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
April 21, Emplion 2015 Professional Adult Dragon. $1680 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
April 21, Emplion 2015 Ultra Violet Adult Dragon (student grade). $1280 (IN STOCK) Contact buy
April 21, Emplion 2015 Red Fur Silver Laser Futsan. $850 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
April 21, Emplion 2015 Black Fur Green Laser Hoksan. $850 (SOLD) Contact to buy
Dec 08, Emplion 2014 Red Fur Red Gold Futsan. $900 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Dec 08, Emplion 2014 Black Fur Gold Laser Futsan. $850 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
Dec 08, Emplion 2014 Red Fur Silver Black Hoksan. Edition 01. $850 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
July 16, Emplion 2014 Golden Fur Gold Laser Futsan. $850 (SOLD) Contact to custom
July 16, Emplion 2014 Red Fur Red Laser Futsan. $850 (IN STOCK) Contact to buy
July 16, Emplion 2014 Black Fur Futsan with Hand Sew Tiger Stripes. New Edition. $850 (SOLD)
Feb 13, Classic Liu Bei (SOLD) Zhao Zhi Long Futsan (SOLD) Click store page
Feb 14, New Gold Fur White Gold Hoksan ($890 SOLD)
Feb 14, White Fur Purple Gold Hoksan ($850 SOLD) Contact Emplion to buy
July 05, Emplion Orange Fur Yellow Gold Futsan. FS Edition 01. $950 (SOLD)
Aug 21, Emplion 2013 White Fur Silver Black Futsan. New Edition. $850 (SOLD)
Aug 26, Emplion 2013 Black Fur Red Laser Futsan New Edition $850 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Sept 18, Emplion 2013 Black Fur White Gold Futsan. Edition 1 $800 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Sept 18, Emplion Mandarin Series Black Fur Gold Laser Futsan $850 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Sept 18, Emplion 2013 White Fur Black Silver Green Futsan New. $890 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Sept 19, Emplion Gold Fur Black Gold King Fok Hok New Edition $850 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Sept 19, Emplion White Fur Gold Laser Hoksan. New Edition O1. $850 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Sept 19, Emplion Black Fur Gold Laser Baby Futsan. New Edition $650 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Oct 19, Black Bristle Red Guan Yu Futsan. New Improved Edition $850 (SOLD) Click to custom
Nov 1, Black Bristle Zhao Zhi Long Futsan. Improved Edition $850 (SOLD) Contact to custom
Dec 25, Emplion Wishes All Merry X'mas 2013 and a Happy 2014 New Year !!!
July 05, 2 Custom Dragons for customers are made. 1 Adut and 1 Baby Dragon.
June 25, 2013 New Improved Edition of Emplion Black Fur Gold Laser Futsan $850 (SOLD)
May 29, Tapered Drumsticks, Laser Stickers Drumsticks and Traditional Drumsticks. IN STOCK
Mar 4, A lion kept in mint condition meaning if you only use it as a display piece. It should be able to last for 100 years or more. Just like a calligraphy painting in a Museum. Once the lion is open to be use for performance, the lifespan of the head will depend greatly on the usage. The weight of the head is another important factor. Usually heavier heads tend to be stronger and last longer but it tires the performer more easily than a super light head. This year 2013 at Emplion, you can specifically custom order Superlight, Light, Balance, Heavy and SuperHeavy weight heads to meet your needs. 5 weight choices this year. Here is one tip to your next secret weapon custom lion!
Mar 4, Lions are individually crafted and hand painted. If you really like the custom or purchased piece. Our suggestion is to order another piece for performance use and keep the original mint.
Feb 10, Emplion Wishes All A Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Chinese Lunar New Year 2013
Jan 28, Lion Scrolls for performance are all IN STOCK NOW.
Aug 1, Size 2, 56 Inches Adult Emplion White Fur Red Laser Hoksan. SOLD
July 25, Size 2, 56 Inches Adult Emplion Black Fur Gold Laser Futsan. SOLD.
June 15, Master Iain Armstrong has launch his new book Get Your Health Back Fast with Chinese Chi Kung. Is now available for purchase.
May 9, 2011 We just received a cool video from Lisa Tran. They received their custom Hoksan recently. Click to watch. :)
May 6, 2011 The team in the ads have revert back. Credit goes to Jason Nguyen, Mark Elefaneand and Immortals Lion Dance Team. Very Cool and Awesome !
April 27, 2011 Emplion heads on US National TV ads. Credits goes to Vitamin Water Revive
Thanks to Bro Jarrett,SF California for the link. Can the team email us the shoot experience.
Videos intro of Green Zhao Zhi Long, Guan Yu eye dotting ceremony performances Video 1, 2
Tsui Hawk movie starring Jet Li, Once upon a time in China III and Dreadnaught Click Trailer 1, 2
March 10, 2011 Emplion welcomes Thomas and Lucas to our sales and marketing team.
March 5, 2011 Classic Black Bristle Green Zhao Zhi Long in stock Contact to buy
No.23 Adult White Bristle Classic Liu Bei Futsan SOLD
No.24 Adult Black Bristle Classic Guan Yu Futsan SOLD
No.25 Adult Black Bristle Classic Zhang Fei Futsan SOLD
1) Adult Black Fur 3 Mirror Green Zhao Zhi Long Futsan $650 SOLD
3) Adult White Fur Blue Laser Hoksan $650 In Stock (SOLD)
5) Adult White Fur Gold Laser Head Fok Hok Lion $600 (SOLD)
6) Adult Black Fur 3 Mirror Red Guan Yu Fok Hok Lion $650 SOLD
7) Adult Black Fur 3 Mirror Black Zhang Fei Fok Hok Lion $650 SOLD
8) Adult Gold Fur Red Laser Tiger Stripes Fok Hok Lion $650 (SOLD)
9) Adult White Bristle Gold Futsan $650 (SOLD)
10) Adult Black Bristle Red Guan Yu Futsan, Classic series $500 In Stock (Limited Hurry!)
11) Adult Black Bristle Traditional Guan Yu Futsan $650 (SOLD)
12) Adult White Bristle Gold Futsan $650 (SOLD)
No.3 Adult Soaring Eagle Zhang Fei Futsan. $750 In Stock (SOLD)
No.9 Adult Black Fur Purple Black Futsan. $590 In Stock (SOLD)
No.16 Adult White Sheep's Fur Silver Laser Hoksan. $600 (SOLD)
No.27 Adult White Fur Red Laser Futsan. $650 In Stock (SOLD)
No.1 White Fur Leopard Stripes Hoksan. $550 In Stock (SOLD)
No.2 Black Sheep's Fur Black Gold Futsan $500 In Stock (SOLD)
No.8 Adult Gold Fur, Gold Tiger Stripes White Gold Futsan $600 (SOLD)
No.11 White Sheep's Fur, Ultramarine Blue Hoksan. $650 (SOLD)
No.17 White sheep's fur, Silver Black Laser Fok Hok Lion. $550(SOLD)
No. 12 White sheep's fur, beautiful gold laser Fok Hok Lion. $570 (SOLD)
No.18 Red Sheep Fur Red Batik Prints Hoksan Lion. $530 (SOLD)
No.10 White Fur Red laser Fok Hok Lion. $550 (SOLD)
2009 Futsan Performance 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHZ2Mp3T7ys&feature=related
2009 Futsan Performance 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_304n7VQYg&feature=related
2007 CNY High Jongs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSg4oBKL-aA&feature=related
2007 Hawaii CNY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZhc5XQ4PmA&feature=related
2006 High Jongs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSUojUZHIiM&feature=related
2008 Genting Competition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgHPNgQdaCs
2008 Genting Competition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHG7WyNpSWc
2008 Lion Performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyjpQCU3cqU&feature=related
2008 HK Traditional Performance 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkQXAF9H_9s
2006 HK Traditional Performance 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shaZpgq0h90
2006 HK Traditional Performance 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yAkVpEPElI
2007 HK Traditional Drumming 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICSU36g2KH8
2008 HK Traditional Performance 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIg4Emebrzc
2007 HK Eye Dotting 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Pz_A9pN_A&feature=related
2006 HK Traditional Com 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euIpHmOWZuY&feature=related
2006 HK Traditional Com 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WCWU25UqPM&feature=related
1984 HK Traditional Lion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HVJEny5MUA&feature=related
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