||A street theatre/folk tradition that is current in many Asian countries, the dragon dance is a generic name for a folk performance that takes place at festivals such as the mid-autumn festival and the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Mid-autumn festival is a Chinese festival traditionally celebrated with lanterns and moon cakes. Each year, local groups organize activities including performances of dragon dance and lion dance to celebrate the occasion.
Both the dragon dance (wu-long) and the lion dance (wu-shi) are popular performances during Chinese festive celebrations. Often the performances are a combination of acrobatic skills and traditional Chinese drums and bass (like a gong).
The attraction of dragon dance is the swirling and turning of the dragon. Usually the dragon "chases" behind a large ball--which is supposed to be a pearl--and moves according to the way the ball moves. Because the dragon is so long it's very demanding on the performers and co-ordination among group members is very important.