Mandarin students to see real Lunar New Year celebration

Buffalo Grove High School and John Hersey High School’s Mandarin Chinese programs will bring exciting performances to their schools’ theaters this month.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year (Jan. 23-Feb. 6), on Thursday, Feb. 2, Buffalo Grove High School will host Chinese martial arts experts from Bei Dou Kung Fu.

On Monday, Feb. 6, during two lunch periods, Hersey’s theater will be the site of another performance from the same troupe of high-ranked professionals.

The Chinese Lion Dance is key to the Chinese New Year celebration and brings blessing to the schools and their students, according to Buffalo Grove Mandarin teacher Caili Chiu, and her Hersey counterpart, Melissa Moy. Attendance is mandatory for all Mandarin and world history classes, but the exhibition is open to the entire staff and student body at both schools.

The Masters at Bei Dou Kung Fu are from the best Martial Arts universities in China and have performed, competed, and coached in international competitions. Both the BGHS and Hersey performances consist of the Lion Dance, a Kung Fu demonstration and student participation.

Master Li has trained actors for their film toles. Courtesy of District 214
Master Si is a 32nd generation Shao Lin Disciple. Courtesy of District 214
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