On behalf of the California Institute of the Arts (known as CalArts), Wushu Shaolin Entertainment was invited to produce a traditional Chinese Lion Dance Presentation in commemoration of the auspicious Chinese Lunar New Year of 2015. Cal Arts is a private university located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. The school was founded and created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by a diverse array of professionals.
The Lion Dance presentation was a unique surprise for all of the students who converged at the Cal Arts Common Space to promote creative connectivity during the International Education Week festival. In addition to Lion Dancing, the International festival also included Japanese Origami, Candy Tasting, and Brazilian Capoeira at the main Gallery Hall.
The event was a sensational surprise, as the Chinese Lion Costumes greeted many of the students bringing good luck and prosperity to all. Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek, the campus serves as a continual center for art, culture, and education. The Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, electric community, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration among artists, and cultural traditions.