Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team
What is the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team?
The Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team (TDDT) is a performance-driven dragon and lion dance group based in Austin, Texas. Our goal is to share and in many cases introduce the art of dragon and lion dancing to the community. We are one of the few teams in Central Texas that performs year-round for a wide variety of events. In the past, we have performed for elementary schools, cultural events, festivals, restaurants, and weddings. Our prime performance season is during the Lunar New Year (early February or March) where we perform the gauntlet of back-to-back performances for businesses and organizations all over Austin.
Common Questions and Answers
How do I request a performance?
To request a performance or learn more about our performances, please visit our Performance Request page.
We accept a wide variety of performance requests ranging from private events to public cultural events. The number of performers and/or lions present at the event will vary based on team availability.
Due to the popularity of our performances (particularly during the Lunar New Year season), please be sure to request your event as far in advance as possible. Due to the number of requests we receive and circumstances affecting team availability, we CANNOT GUARANTEE availability until you receive a confirmation from a team Contact Manager.
How do I join?
Practices are typically held on Sunday from 11am - 1pm and Thursday from 6pm - 7pm. We practice in a variety of locations, but typically at either the South Mall or Gregory Gym Plaza on the UT Austin campus.
Even if you're still making up your mind you are welcome to come out and watch. Once we meet you we'll let you know of the specific requirements to be able to perform. Remember that practice makes perfect!
Note: At this time, we are limiting our membership to individuals of college-age and above (18+). Every member of TDDT is treated as an adult and is expected to conduct themselves as such. Additionally, having members under the age of 18 presents us with liability issues which we are unable to shoulder.
What prior experience do I need before joining? Do I need to know martial arts?
No experience is necessary! An interest in the art of lion dancing and/or martial arts is all that you need to be a part of TDDT. We will work with you regardless of your skill level or prior experience.
Are you affiliated with The University of Texas at Austin?
The Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team is a registered student organization at The University of Texas at Austin. We are not sponsored by the university, nor do our views represent the views of the university or its officers.
Our team was founded by UT Austin students and a large portion of its membership are current and former UT Austin students.
Our status as an official student organization may change from year to year based on university rules and the number of qualifying members on our team. Regardless, have always been and continue to be an Austin, Texas community-based group. We continue to perform for UT organizations and functions and, as always, 100% of all of our received funds still go into team management.
We are not now (nor have we ever been) officially sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin.
Please refer to us as "The Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team" or "TDDT," and not "the UT team."
What is the difference between a dragon and a lion?
Two performers (typically).
Eats lettuce, oranges, etc.
Displays martial and acrobatic skills.
Many varieties (e.g., Fut San 佛山, Hok San 鶴山)
More than two performers.
Chases a pearl.
Displays stamina and team coordination.
Varying lengths (up to 330+ ft)
What if I have more questions about the team or lion dancing?
If you have general questions about the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team (including media requests) or questions about the art of lion dancing, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to answer your questions.
If you would like to request a performance from our team, or have a question about performance requests, please visit our Performance Request page.