performance Requests

To request a performance, please fill out our Request Form.

About Performance Requests (Frequently Asked Questions)

Request Details

How much does a performance cost?

Standard Rate

We request a standard donation of USD $550.

Events subject to this donation include (but are not limited to) events which:

Examples include company events, corporate events, private events, store openings, and weddings.

Out of respect for our many patrons, amounts are non-negotiable.

Fee Waivers

In many cases, we will waive our donation request for events which align with our educational mission. These events are typically for public schools, public libraries, cultural events, high school student organizations, and college student organizations which are:

If you believe that you qualify, please let us know when requesting a performance.

Long-Distance Fees

For performances outside of Austin, we may request additional compensation to cover transportation expenses. Our request will vary depending on the distance. Please contact us for an estimate.

Additional Fees

We may assess an additional service fee for credit card payments.

When are you available to perform?

In General: Evenings and Weekends

Our team is comprised of a combination of UT students and working professionals. We are typically unavailable to perform on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Our performances require both a minimum number of performers as well as our equipment and we have been unsuccessful at arranging daytime weekday performances.

That being said, we have had some limited success in scheduling early morning (7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.) performances for some elementary schools. Please understand that while we will make every effort to accommodate your request, early morning performances stand a lesser chance of being accepted than evening or weekend performances.

As a significant portion of our team consists of UT Austin students, your chances of having a request accepted are greater during the school year (other than breaks and around finals).

Please also check our performance calendar to ensure that we are not already booked during your desired time slot.

Lunar New Year Performance Requests

For performance requests during our high-demand lunar new year season (in the early spring) we strongly encourage you to review our performance calendar and submit your request as far in advance as possible. While we will make every effort to accommodate your request, please understand that busy season requests submitted less than a month in advance stand a high chance of being declined due to a lack of our availability.

Special Requests

Can I request numbers of lions or performers?

Certainly! Our client contact team will make every effort to fulfill special requests.

However, their ability to fulfil this special request is based entirely on performer and equipment availability.

Our core rules are:

Does TDDT offer recorded performances?

No, we do not offer recorded performances.

All of our performances are live and unique.

For publicly-available recordings of our team please visit our Video page.

Does TDDT perform outside of the City of Austin?

Sometimes!

While we do occasionally perform outside of Austin, such performances incur additional costs including transportation, fuel, wear and tear, as well as opportunity cost. The Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team reserves the right to request additional compensation for out-of-town performances. The out-of-town fees vary depending on travel distance, the date of the event, and the availability of our performers.

Our client contact team will make every effort to fulfill special requests.

What if I don't have all of the information about my event?

Until we have confirmed the date, time, and location of a performance our client contact team cannot accurately determine if our team is available to perform for your event. Event requests submitted without this information will be considered incomplete as we will be unable to begin our request evaluation process.

After Submitting a Request

What happens after I submit a request?

The timeline for the above varies based on the time of the year and performer availability.

When will I receive confirmation that you can perform?

We will provide you with a response as soon as we are able though, due to our members largely being students, it may take some time. We understand that some events require significant advance coordination. If you have a deadline by which you need a response, please include that information in your request.

Upon receiving a complete request, your request will be reviewed by out client contact team. You will be assigned a Contact Manager who will follow up with you within three days to clarify any questions we might have. After the details of the performance request are squared away, the Contact Manager will submit your request to the team for processing. The amount of processing time varies based on time of the year and team member availability, but when we do know for certain, the Contact Manager will give you a CONFIRMED answer.

Note: Until you receive a definite confirmation from a Contact Manager, we CANNOT GUARANTEE that we will be available. If you need an answer by a certain date, but we have not given you a CONFIRMED answer, then our official answer is "No, we are unfortunately unavailable."

What happens if I need to cancel a performance?

In the event that you need to cancel a performance please let us know as soon as possible.

If you have already submitted your donation for the performance we will refund your donation.

Depending on the donation method, we reserve the right to deduct from your refund a fee to cover refund processing costs.

For cancelations fewer than 48 hours prior to performance time we reserve the right to deduct from your refund a fee to cover sunk administrative costs incurred by our team.

What happens if I need to re-schedule a performance?

Only when you have provided a specific date, time, and location will your performance request be distributed to our performers to determine their availability.

In the event that you need to change the date, time, or location of the performance please let us know as soon as possible so that we may re-evaluate our performers' availability.

While we will make every effort to accommodate changes to performance dates, times, and locations please be aware that our ability to make these accommodations is limited.

Change requests should not be considered approved until explicitly confirmed by one of our team's Client Contact Managers.

What happens in the event of rain?

In the event of rainy conditions on the date of an outdoor performance, we will make reasonable accommodations to ensure fulfillment of the performance agreement. 

If, however, we cannot guarantee the safety of our equipment (our lions are made of balsa wood/paper-mâché and our drum top is stretched leather... both are irreparably damaged in rain), we reserve the right to postpone, reschedule, or cancel any performance. 

If we have to postpone, reschedule, or cancel a performance we will work with you to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution.

Other Questions

Our event has an MC. How should we introduce your team?

Here is a suggested blurb which your MC may read:

The Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team (TDDT) has performed the pan-Asian dragon and lion dance in Austin and around Central Texas for over 20 years. Their goal is to share and, in many cases, introduce the art of dragon and lion dancing to the community. The team performs year-round for elementary schools, cultural events, festivals, restaurants, and weddings. For more information, visit www.tddt.org.

What is your team name?

We are the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team.

In written or spoken materials, please refer to us by that name.

After the first instance, you may subsequently refer to us by the acronym TDDT.

The following should be avoided:

What if I have a question not answered on this page?

Please send us an e-mail and our client contact team will be happy to answer any questions you might have.