Zhou’s Double Dragon Dance in Ningxiang
Updated: May 21,2021
The Zhou's Double Dragon Dance in Ningxiang originated from a dragon dance team established by Zhou Dawu, a famous Hunan army general during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), for his concubine surnamed Yao. The dance gradually evolved into a cultural entertainment for local and surrounding areas during New Year's holidays. For more than a hundred years, the dance performance has spread widely, and it is still popular in Ningxiang.
The two dragons have nine sections each and the dance requires more than 60 performers. The performance features strong plots, extraordinary actions and bizarre skills which are rarely seen in China.
In 2009, with the approval of the Changsha Municipal People's Government, Ningxiang Zhou's Double Dragon Dance was put on the list of the second group of Changsha's municipal intangible cultural heritage.