Students participating in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES’ Project Chinese language and culture program will experience a traditional Chinese Lion Dance on the culminating day of their Fall session.
The Lion Dance is a traditional Chinese art form that is performed for joyous or momentous occasions such as Chinese New Year. It incorporates elaborate costumes, martial art poses, dance movements, and percussion instruments such as drums, cymbals, and a gong.
One Lion Dance will take place at the Southern Adirondack Education Center on Tuesday, November 27 at 4:25 p.m. Another Lion Dance will take place at Charlton Heights Elementary School (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District) on Wednesday, November 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Project Chinese has exposed hundreds of students in the region to the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, the most widely-spoken language in the world. The program is offered afterschool and online through WSWHE BOCES and participating school districts every fall, spring and summer.
When WSWHE BOCES first began offering Project Chinese in 2007, it was a one-week summer camp in which a dozen elementary students participated. Five years and three grants later, Project Chinese is a year-round, K-12 program with two tracts: a three-year sequential program for middle and high school students and a multi-year exploratory option for students K-12. It has been recognized as a model program by the Hanban-Asia Society Confucius Classroom Network, a cooperative group of K-12 schools that are committed to strong, sustainable Chinese language programs that foster the global competence of their students.
WSWHE BOCES serves over 41,000 students of all ages and abilities in 31 rural and city/suburban districts, in a five-county region. The Project Chinese language and culture program is part of the Language and Cultural Research Center, which focuses on initiatives that increase the language proficiency, language diversity, and cultural awareness of the students in our component districts.