National Championships Registration FAQ

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions in regards to registering teams for the upcoming USDLDF National Dragon & Lion Dance Championships (May 25th through the 27th).

We hope these items will help your team with routine planning and attendance at the championships.

What is the team size requirement?

Lion Dance – Traditional and Freestyle (Jongs):

  • Minimum 6 team members – 1 drummer, 1 gong player, 2 cymbal players, 1 head dancer and 1 tail dancer.
  • Maximum 10 team members – 1 leader, 1 coach, 1 drummer, 1 gong player, 4 cymbal players, 1 head dancer and 1 tail dancer.

NOTE: For traditional, you can have a masked character take place of a cymbal player. (2 team members + 8 performers).

Dragon Dance:

  • Minimum 10 team members – 1 dragon pearl, 1 dragon head, 7 dragon body and 1 dragon tail.
  • Maximum 18 team members – 1 leader, 1 coach, 1 dragon pearl, 1 dragon head, 7 dragon body, 1 dragon tail and 6 instrument players (2 team members + 16 performers).

How many teams can a school bring to compete in each category?

  • Traditional Lion Dance – 2 teams per school
  • Freestyle Lion Dance (Jongs) – 2 teams per school
  • Dragon Dance – 1 team per school

What are the rules on reusing team members in the Traditional Lion Dance Category?

Lion dancers (head and tail) and drummers may only dance or drum for one team per School. However, they are allowed to perform a separate role on the other team.

Example: Jane and David compete as head and tail for Team A – School X and they are also competing in Team B – School X, in this case they may play any role on Team B other than dancers.

What are the rules on reusing team members in Freestyle Lion Dance Category (Jongs)?

Lion dancers (head and tail) and drummers may only dance or drum for one team per School. However, they are allowed to perform a separate role on the other team.

Example: Josh and Mary 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 on Team B other than dancers.

Can a lion head dancer perform lion head for both the traditional and freestyle lion dance category?

Yes. In other words, the exact same team and roles competing for traditional lion dance category can compete in freestyle lion dance with the same roles. As these are two different categories.

What is the ring size for Traditional Lion Dance?  

Ring size will be 11 meters by 14 meters (36 feet by 46 feet) in size. 

All props must fit within a 10 meters by 10 meters (33 ft by 33 feet) area. This area will be located in the center of the ring and will be carpeted. Dancers are allowed to dance outside the carpet without penalty.

What are the props requirements?

Props that will be climbed on or support the lion must not exceed 2 meters (6.5 feet). Props used for decorations or supporting the cheng are allowed to be taller than 2 meters (6.5 feet) in height.

NOTE: No Jongs are allowed as part of the props.

What kind of “Jongs” will be used?

We will be using International Standards Size and Set up.

What are the music requirement for Dragon Dance?

We are combining two international categories for our National Championships. Freestyle and Traditional. What this mean is that, we will allow prerecorded or live music. Teams can have a choice to use either or. This decision is based on the fact that it can be quite difficult and expensive for teams to travel across the country in order to compete. We are allowing teams to use prerecorded music, if they wish, in order to foster greater participation nationwide.

When and where will each event take place?

  • Traditional Lion Dance Competition

Date: Saturday, May 26th
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Quincy High School Gymnasium
100 Coddington St.
Quincy, MA 02169

  • Freestyle (Jongs) Lion Dance Competition

Date: Sunday, May 27th
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Quincy High School Gymnasium
100 Coddington St.
Quincy, MA 02169

  • Dragon Dance Competition

Date: Sunday, May 27th
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Empire Garden Restaurant
690 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

What are the accommodations?

Best Western Adams Inn Quincy-Boston
29 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171
Phone: (617) 328-1500

The USDLDF has secured a room rate of $169 a night (plus taxes and fees for all attendees of the event).

ATTN: Free 72 hours individual cancellation prior to arrival, otherwise 2 night room and tax will be charged.

To receive the group rate please follow this link

NOTE: The USDLDF will offer a hotel subsidy of $75 per room for up to 3 rooms, and up to 3 nights to each competing scool. In order to receive this subsidy, teams must be registered by 11:59 pm of March 18, 2018. Details on reimbursement to the schools will be coming soon.