Announcement: 3rd USDLDF National Lion Dance Championships – 2023!

Save the date! June 23rd to the 25th of 2023 the USDLDF Nationals will be held in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas! 

This event will be focused on Traditional Southern Lion Dance (Nan Shi); however, we will be adding Female and Youth specific divisions as well! It is OPEN to the public and there is NO SPECTATOR FEE, fans, friends and family members can watch this awesome event for FREE! 

More information to come, so stay tuned!

See y’all in Texas!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

– Where can I register my team(s)?

– What are the actual dates of events?

  • June 23 – check in / team practice / team leader meeting
  • June 24 – Traditional Lion Dance Competition
  • June 25 – Youth Traditional Lion Dance Competition, Female Traditional Lion Dance Competition and Banquet

– How much will registration be?

  • USDLDF Member Teams – $200 / $250 (Early / Normal)
  • Non-Member Teams – $300 / $350 (Early / Normal)

– When will registration open?

  • Sunday, January 1st, 2023

NOTE: Early Bird Deal ends Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

– How many teams can enter per category?

  • Traditional – 18
  • Youth – 8
  • Female – 8

– How many teams can an organization send in each category?
Each organization can sign up only 1 team in each category during the Early Bird Period (January 1st through February 28th). After the Early Bird Period, if there are open slots teams may sign up a second team for each category.

Example: An organization can sign up 3 teams total (1 in each category) during the Early Bird Period. After the Early Bird Period, they can sign up, up to, another 3 teams (an additional 1 in each category) if there are still slots still available in those categories.

– What are the requirements for the Female Traditional Category?

  • Only the lion head and tail dancers needs to be female.

– What are the requirements for the Youth Traditional Category?

  • Only the lion head and tail dancers need to be 12 years old or younger on the day of the competition.

– Can the same pair compete in more than one category?

  • As long as they meet the requirements, yes. Example: If the youth pair is a female pair, they can compete in the Youth, Female, and Traditional Categories. But they will have to perform 3 completely different routines in each category.

– Can the drummer drum for all 3 categories, but have different dancers?

  • Yes.

– What are the rules for reusing members in the same category?

  • Lion dancers (head and tail) and drummers may only dance or drum for one team per School in that category. However, they are allowed to perform a different role on the other team in the same category. Example: If Josh and David compete as head and tail for Team A School X and they are also competing in Team B School X, they may play any role other than dancers (e.g. drummer, gong or cymbals).

– What is the ring size for each category?

  • Prop Area = 10m x 10m
  • Performance Area = 11m x 14m

– What is the time limit for each category?

  • Traditional and Female categories – 7-10 minutes
  • Youth category – 5-7 minutes

– What are the awards for each category?


  • 1st – $1500
  • 2nd – $1000
  • 3rd – $500

Also, trophy and medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Female Traditional:

  • 1st – $1500
  • 2nd – $1000
  • 3rd – $500

Also, trophy and medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Youth Traditional:

  • 1st – Trophy & Medals
  • 2nd – Trophy & Medals
  • 3rd – Trophy & Medals

– What are the Rules & Regulations for this Championship?

  • You can read the complete Rules & Regulations by clicking on the link below:

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