Happy Chinese New Year, Anthem Style

Chinese New Year, Clubs & Assns | | February 27, 2007 at 06:17

Lion Dance, red lanterns, gold balloons and tables numbered only in double digit lucky 7’s, 8’s or 9’s, it was a gracious and grand 3rd Chinese New Year Party Celebration at Sun City Anthem last night. With a program often in Mandarin and a room filled with beautiful and colorful Han-inspired evening dress, I was transported to far away and exotic Cathay for just a few hours and a short drive to the far hills of Henderson.

Privileged to have been included in such a soiree, knowing that the event has been closed in the past to non-members, I savored the Group Song of Happy New Year (in Chinese) and the "Tai Chi Fan" with the students of Stella Huang, Peter Tu and Daniel S. P. Yang. Prof. Yang, who has staged many theatrical productions, both Western and traditional Chinese, delighted us with a 400 year-old serenade to a novice nun, a piece representative of a period classified as the "Mother of Beijing Chinese Opera."

Anthem is America and the dance floor quickly filled when Latin rythmns beckoned for line dance. The evening’s program was a enchanting mixture of West meets East; DJ Wong spinning disco and other beats, an elegant and graceful cha-cha"Tai Chi Sword."

"Shay shay" to Organizer Marianne Blaha and the members of the Chinese Special Group of Sun City Anthem for allowing us to share in their celebration. I understand more and more Chinese are making this area their home. Welcome! Your contribution to the community of Las Vegas is much appreciated. Happy Year of the Red Fire Pig!

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