On their feet: Gravesend students dance into Chinese New Year

Pretty in pink: Members of IS 228’s Chinese dance troupe swept across the stage.
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These students are not Lion down on the job!

Spirited student-athletes at a Gravesend middle school took their auditorium’s stage for a series of colorful dance performances before their parents and peers at a Lunar New Year celebration on Tuesday night.

Members of the IS228 Chinese Dance Troupe donned a striking yellow costume to perform a traditional Lion dance for the crowd, which is thought to bring prosperity and good luck.

The school’s cheerleaders — dubbed the Tigers — followed the Lion dance with an acrobatic act, while other dancers with the Chinese troupe swept across the stage in striking traditional outfits. Dancers on the school’s hip-hop team also got the crowd onto their feet as they moved to fast beats.

Adminstrators at the Avenue S learning house, known as the David Broody Jr. High School, hosted the event in honor of the Chinese New Year, which officially began on Feb. 5. New Year celebrations traditionally last for 15 days, and this month’s festivities mark the beginning of the Year of the Pig, which in the Chinese zodiac represents wealth and treasure.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 2:29 pm, February 14, 2019
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