Celebrating Chinese New Year seems to have become an annual event for UK Tai Chi. In 2016 welcomed in ‘The Year of the Monkey’ in Maxi’s Chinese Restaurant, York on the 9th of February.
More than 60 students, friends and family turned out to celebrate Chinese New Year and support fellow students. Bootham School, Fulford, Huntington and Thorner classes were represented by students displaying an array of skills in Tai Chi Chuan.
Our musical contribution this year came in the form of bagpipes played by Julia Washington, giving us a fusion of Scotland and China - both nations known for their enthusiasm for New Year Celebrations! and a ‘nod’ to my own Highland heritage. Julia rounded off our part of the evening with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne, sung and supported by all in the restaurant.The Chinese contribution then kicked off with a lively Lion Dance, Chinese Drummers and then on to a sumptuous banquet.You can sample a short video clip of the event below:
My thanks to everyone who helped make this evening such a success, including:
Ben, Megan and Toby from Bootham School, York - Brian, Muriel, Fi and Lucy from my adult classes in Leeds and York, Dom from the Huntington class for sabre -v- spear demo with Ben, Julia for her rousing bagpipe playing, Jill for leading the singing and yet again Doug (my husband) for being the roadie and soundman.
All of this would not have been possible without the support of Maxi’s Restaurant the most traditional Chinese Restaurant in York - thanks to the manager - Justin.
Thank you to my publisher ‘ Singing Dragon’ who contributed some badges and brochures.