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Dancing Dragon Day.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
…Rabindranath Tagore

Dancing Dragons - Wayne Anderson 2009

Dancing Dragons – Wayne Anderson 2009

Dragons, being wise as the Universe is old, love to dance. They feel the rhythms of life rippling through their scales and tickling their whiskers. Dancing with Dragons, sharing their enthusiasm and joy, is a one of the true delights of keeping their company.


In the East, the pleasure of Dragon dancing is a riotous display of public art with festive cloth and bamboo Dragons coursing through the streets. In a tradition dating back to the Han Dynasty, the Dragon Dance is a form of sympathetic magic for the whole community. Traditionally, the dance honors the great Lung, cosmic guardian of the Chinese people, the Children of the Dragon.


A team of dancers brings the Dragon to life, mimicking his serpentine grace and power. With every sinuous twist and turn the mystical nature of the Dragon is invoked, his luck, wisdom, fertility, and dignity. Thus, the Dragon is exalted and her favor entreated for fine harvests and prosperity.

In the West, Dragon dancing is more a family affair yet no less festive. Autumn being mating season, Westies are ever tripping the light fantastic in courtship and amore. It is, of course, unwise to interrupt wooing Dragons, yet you will surely find a plenitude of occasions to take up pipe and tabor – or pump up the volume on your CD player – and frolic with Dragons from dusk to dawn. Western and Feathered Dragons also caper on the wing in aerial balletics that would humble Nijinsky – and the Red Baron.

dancing dragons

 Standing on the sidelines or tapping toe to talon, Dancing Dragon Day is fun for all. Dragons know that, as Agnes deMille said, “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”


A quick reminder: Tomorrow is Take a Dragon to Work Day. If you plan on an office sojourn, don’t let your Dragon stay up too late tonight cutting a proverbial rug. Weary Dragons tend to be surly Dragons; when around people they do not know, a rested temperament and good manners are essential.