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Dancing Lions

LOOK UP! Jong, or pole jumping, is a type of lion dance. Lion dancers perform on poles more than eight feet high. NORMAN LAU

Lions dance down the street during Lunar New Year. They are not real lions. They are dancers in colorful costumes.

A lion is usually made up of two dancers. One dancer controls the head. The other controls the tail. The dance takes a lot of skill. It combines martial arts and acrobatics.

Lion dances were mostly done by boys. Now they are performed by both boys and girls. Ananda Tang-Lee is a lion dancer in California. She says anyone can perform. “You have to have confidence that you can do it,” she says.