September 16, 2013
Bryant Dragon Dance is on TV in China!

Kunshan TV News

September 7, 2013

http://www.ksntv.com.cn/tv/folder109/folder114/folder117/2013/09/2013-09-07111573.html

Go to 08:46 in news clip.

September 16, 2013
We are in the news in China!

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Chinanews.com 中国新闻网

http://www.chinanews.com/ty/2013/09-08/5258408.shtml

Suzhou News 苏州新闻网/苏州日报

http://news.subaonet.com/2013/0908/1205136.shtml

People.com 人民网

http://sports.people.com.cn/n/2013/0908/c22176-22844465.html

Jiangsu Sports 江苏体育网

http://www.jssports.gov.cn/info/2013/9/12/info_297_51586.html

Xinhua News 新华网

http://www.js.xinhuanet.com/2013-09/08/c_117276666.htm

September 16, 2013

The entire routine of our performance!

September 16, 2013

All teams became friends at the competition.

Trip Reflection

By Ryan Tengler

I’m hard pressed to come up with an all-encompassing adjective or phrase that summarizes our trip to China as a whole. Some may think of it as simply AMAZING, while others might take it a step further and think of it as a trip of a lifetime. Some may refer to it as an exercise in mental and physical capability, while others may recall it in years to come as a nonstop funfest exploring and venturing around the other side of the world. I think all answers are appropriate, along with a slew of many other adjectives – but something that I think everyone can unanimously agree on is that our trip to China was an incredible learning experience in the most well-rounded sense possible.

Throughout the trip, there were days that would pass by where I had forgotten to think about where I was and what I was doing in that very moment. While training in Wuhan – as others have mentioned in previous posts – training was a continuous activity that did not stop until we hit the bed at night. Those three days of training were amongst my favorite days in some respects, but I didn’t spend the moment at the end of each day to really reflect on it.

Having the time to reflect now, however, it’s amazing to think of what we accomplished as a team and as individuals throughout our journey: we took time to explore various facets and offerings of both Wuhan and Shanghai, fought off tiredness and fatigue, pushed through physical and mental stress, met incredible people and performers from around the country and around the world, tasted local cuisines, made connections and friends, and came together as a group to accomplish something that we can all be proud of.

Amongst many things, one leaning moment I’ll never forget is how important teamwork is. Performing Dragon Dance is not possible without every member working to their full capability and supporting their teammates. One position is no lesser nor greater than another – if one person falls, so does the team. Though we’re all taught to some extent the value of teamwork from a very young age, it’s times like this that really illustrate its value. 

A Reflection for Our Chinese Friends

By Yijia Yang 杨一佳

        我们布莱恩特大学舞龙队成立于20099月,到现在已经是第五个年头了。我们是一支特别的队伍,因为队员来自世界各地,包括美国、中国、印度、卢旺达、尼日利亚等国家,而且我们是北美唯一一支大学舞龙队。在过去的四年里,我们共同努力、共同成长。刚开始只有校内的表演机会,现在已经经常会收到校外的演出邀请。

        今年九月,舞龙队应邀参加由中国江苏省昆山市陆家镇举办的2013中国·陆家舞龙公开赛。比赛吸引了世界各地13支舞龙队前来参加,我们布莱恩特大学舞龙队是唯一一支代表美国参赛的队伍, 因此也备受关注。

        在比赛开始前的三天,我们特地飞往武汉,在教练胡凯老师所在的中国地质大学(武汉)进行赛前高强度的动作学习和体能训练,并且与地大舞龙队进行交流。与其它参赛队伍有所不同,我们并非是一支专业的舞龙队,而是一群热爱中国传统文化的大学生所组成的。而且教练胡凯老师不能长期留在美国指导舞龙队,所以我们的动作与技巧也是十分的不成熟。因此,这三天的训练对我们来说相当于重新开始学习舞龙。从如何正确握把,到与队友们配合完成各种造型,每一位队员都不敢懈怠。就算大家都已经汗流浃背,也希望能在有限的时间里把每个动作都练到更加到位。地大舞龙队的队员们也会来参加我们的训练,我们在做动作的时候他们会在一旁仔细看着,等我们停下后他们会上前来直出我们的错误,有时还会手把手指导我们。虽然偶尔会有语言上的障碍存在,但这并没有影响队员们向他们学习的热情。

        虽然只有三天的时间,但每位队员都做出了最大的努力,并且把整套参赛动作完成的非常到位。抵达陆家镇后,沿街的各种标语和大型广告牌把我们带进了比赛的氛围当中。赛前所有参赛队的彩排让我们领略到了专业舞龙的高超技巧,这也使得大家都打起了十二分的精神准备比赛。虽然我们这次的参赛的动作没有其他队伍这么专业和高难度,但大家也都突破了自己,完成了以往没有尝试过的新动作。此外,我们队员大部分是美国学生,而且超过半数是女生,整套动作完成后也获得了全场所有人的热烈掌声,大家也争相与我们舞龙队合照。最后,布莱恩特大学舞龙队获得了舞龙公开赛的铜奖和最佳人气奖。

        为期九天的中国参赛之旅就这样落下了帷幕,我们满载而归。对于每个队员来说这都是一次难忘得经历。布莱恩特大学舞龙队会继续将中国传统文化在美国传播,让更多人了解到中国的文化。

September 12, 2013

Day 8: Kunshan - Competition Day! Celebration!

By Margaret Wong

Today marks the last full day of our trip for the Dragon Dance International Competition in Kunshan, China. It has been an amazing trip so far and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I am trying my best to not think about the crazy amounts of work I will have to catch up on once I get back to school…

For the last day of the competition, we went on stage once again with our new routine from this trip specifically. Professor Hu worked really hard to put together this routine for us and fortunately for us, we get to perform the routine twice! As we prepare ourselves for the second part of the competition, all we wanted was to be able to do better than yesterday and make sure we don’t make any mistakes. Obviously, we want a higher score than the score we got yesterday.

Today, we got to use another dragon from one of the other teams. It was a blue dragon! The Shanghai University of Maritime Studies was nice enough to lend us their blue dragon. Not only that, they also cheered for us throughout our entire performance! “Team USA! Jiayou (Add oil)! Team USA! Go, go, go!” We did well and scored better than we did yesterday! After our performance, the entire team was determined to cheer on all the other teams. We developed our own chants, made sure we said their team names correctly, and even teamed up with the team from Taiwan for chants!

The awards ceremony was also a great experience. Ryan represented us to accept the bronze award and Harris represented us to accept the popularity award. After accepting our trophies and certificates, we spent a lot of time on stage taking pictures with other teams and… ourselves! Everyone took solo shots with the trophies, jumping pictures, etc.

The competition ended midday, meaning we had time to go sight-seeing! We went to Zhou Zhuang with the team from Hong Kong. Zhou Zhuang was a small and old water town with a nice river, shops, restaurants, etc. We had a great time! Some of us took boat tours and others did some last minute souvenir shopping.

We went back to the hotel around dinner time and enjoyed a buffet dinner at the hotel. After dinner, everyone was pretty exhausted from the day and mostly, the entire trip itself! Everyone started packing and thinking about what we should do for our last night in China. A couple of us spent the entire night playing card games with Professor Hu and the two students from CUG, Wenwen and Yongfu. A couple others had a “Wifi/Candy Crush Party” with the team from Hong Kong in the hall way of our hotel rooms on the sixth floor. I lost the most card games and treated everyone to late night KFC! Nonetheless, everyone had a great last night in China. 

September 12, 2013

Day 8: Kunshan - Competition Day!

Celebration!

September 12, 2013

Day 8: Kunshan - Competition Day!

Award Ceremony

We won the third place! And the “Most Popular Team Award” together with Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei team!

September 12, 2013

Day 8: Kunshan - Competition Day!

Maybe we can do these cool moves in the future…

September 12, 2013

Day 8: Kunshan - Competition Day!

Watching other teams

September 12, 2013

Day 8: Kunshan - Competition Day!

Our performance of the standard routine

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