How do I join?

If you are interested in joining simply show up to one of our practices! Information about when and where we practice can be found on our Practice Calendar.

We practice in a variety of locations, but typically at either the Main 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 progress!

I missed your newcomer practice. Can I still join?


Is there an age requirement?

Yes. For insurance, liability, and logistical reasons our team's membership is limited to individuals of college-age and above (18+).

If you are interested in lion/dragon dance for your child, we are friendly with several local teams which are able to accommodate younger members. Reach out to us and we can put you in touch!

What prior experience do I need before joining?

No experience is necessary! An interest in the arts of lion and dragon 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.

Do I need to know martial arts?

Knowledge of or a background in martial arts - while helpful - is not necessary! We will teach you everything that you need to know.

Do I need to be in shape?

If you are not currently in shape then we will get you into shape! All you need to do is to attend practices regularly.

Do I need a car?

While having a car in Texas can be very beneficial, it is not a prerequisite for team membership. If you require assistance getting to a performance, we will help coordinate transportation.

Are there dues?

We understand that dues and/or membership fees can be a financial burden. As a result, our dues are optional and are not a prerequisite for membership. We do, however, believe that we provide an excellent value for those who elect to participate.

Spring 2024 Newcomer Practice

What should I bring/wear?

For practices, wear seasonally-appropriate workout clothes (practice is outdoors) with sneakers or athletic shoes. Practitioners of kung fu may already be familiar with or possess Adidas Samba or Feiyue Fe Lo shoes which are ideal but not required. Some members choose to wear fingerless weightlifting gloves, but they are not required.

While water is usually available on the UT Austin campus it is advisable to bring your own water bottle. 

Do I need to be affiliated with UT Austin?


While our organization has a long history and a close relationship with The University of Texas at Austin, membership is open to all adult members of the community.

What if I have other questions?

Show up to one of our practices and feel free to ask us any questions you may have!