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lion What is ALDT?
Who can join ALDT?
When was ALDT established?
Are there other branches of ALDT?
How does the team finance their keiki program?
What is the significance of the Chinese lion dance?
What's the difference between the Chinese lion dance and the Chinese dragon dance?

What is ALDT? ALDT, the Asian Lion Dance Team, is a non-profit martial arts school and performance group. We focus on sharing the fun, fulfillment, and spirituality of martial arts and Chinese lion dancing with our community.

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Who can join ALDT? ALDT accepts anyone who wants to learn about martial arts and Chinese lion dancing. For Honlulu Team, students should be at least 4 years of age and/or physically able to handle the rigors of the training. For the Duluth Team, students need to be at least 7 years of age.

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When was ALDT established? ALDT was founded in 1994 by Brandon Ho, who wanted to perpetuate the Chinese culture and create a modern school of Chinese martial arts and lion dancing for students ages 8 and above. The ALDT Keiki Program is a new division of ALDT-Honolulu that began offering classes to younger keikis in 2007.

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Are there other branches of ALDT? Duluth, Minnesota, supports a second branch of ALDT. Brandon's sister, Belissa, moved to Minnesota in 1998, and in 1999 she established another branch of ALDT there. The Duluth Branch has travled and performed all over Minnesota and various areas of the Midwest, including Canada. Members of the Minnesota branch visit Hawaii every year to experience the local festivities of Chinese New Year.

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How does the team finance their keiki program?

All instructors are volunteers who donate their time to the team. Equipment, post-performance team meals, and other aspects of our program are funded by the profits from our lion dance performances. We are dependent upon our members' participation in our performances to purchase equipment and to provide other material team benefits.

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What is the significance of the Chinese lion dance? The Chinese lion dance has become a local tradition at parties and other business or community celebrations. According to legend, the lion brings good fortune to the people and places around him. This is why so many people "feed" the lion: to "persuade" him to linger to convey his blessings on all.

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What's the difference between the Chinese lion dance and the Chinese dragon dance? The Chinese lion requires a coordinated pair of lion dancers: one dancer in the head, one dancer in the tail. The Chinese dragon dance requires a line of ten or more "dancers" to support the dragon's head and tail. Dragon dancers walk under, rather than in, the dragon, usually in a circular or serpentine pattern.

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