The Immortals are a renowned lion dance team based in the city of LA.
In the early 1960s, Jeff Chan informally established the "Chinese Lion Dancers of Los Angeles." Jeff took in a group of kids from the L.A. Chinatown neighborhood to train them in martial arts and lion dancing. He was the first person to start his own group not tied to a family association or Gung Fu school. To this day, several of the original members still perform with their grown children.
The brightly colored costumes of the playful lions and ferocious dragons, the sounds of drums, gongs, cymbals, and the smell of incense and firecrackers delight the senses as these skilled Gung Fu fighters display their physical strength and expertise in weaponry.
In 1978, the group adopted the name "Immortals" based on the Chinese folklore of the 'Eight Immortals'. Our group colors are Red and Black, symbolizing General Kwan Yu from the Three Kingdoms Period. General Kwan represents courage, bravery, uprightness, and loyalty. He is regarded as a peerless hero and an exceptional fighter. He is also the patron saint of Chinese martial arts.
Our lion dance style is originally based on the Choy Lai Fut system. Through the years, we have incorporated our own style and integrated today's acrobatic flair. We stress a good foundation with strong stances and powerful Southern head movements. Coupled with agility, stamina, and teamwork, these features are the main components of our lion dance technique.
Our Gung Fu is also a mixture of several different styles. Our main system is the Five Family Five Animals Style, originally taught to Jeff Chan by Grandmaster Ark Yuey Wong, and later taught to the Immortals by Sifu Al Leong.
Chinese folklore has many stories of the evolution of the lion dance. In one, an emperor had a dream that a mystical beast had saved his life. He was so inspired by this beast, that he had artisans construct a facsimile of the creature and hired entertainers to perform a dance for his amusement.
In another tale, a peculiar animal appeared on the eve of Chinese New Year to destroy a small village. To protect themselves from more devastation, on the following year, the villagers assembled a figurine out of bamboo and cloth which looked identical to the animal. Accompanied by the pounding of a drum, clanging of a gong, and clashing of cymbals, the villagers mimicked the ferociousness of the beast and chased it away.
Finally, legend has it that in the heavens, a playful but mischievous lion angered the gods one too many times. As a result, the lion was beheaded and thrown to earth. The Goddess of Mercy witnessed the unfortunate event and felt sorry for the innocent lion. With a magical red scarf, she tied the lion's head to its body and brought the lion back to life to roam the earth, chasing away evil spirits and bringing good luck and fortune to those who watch it perform.
We are proud to have performed for the following occasions.
"Our wedding was a tremendous success with much of it due to the sensational lion dance performance. Our guests, young and old were completely enthralled by the sounds, lights, and acrobatics. I've seen lion dance performances in Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco...and the performance by the Immortals was amazing! A fun time had by all! The Voltron lions got nothing on you guys! Thank you so much for everything!"
"Thank YOU! You guys were amazing!!!! EVERYONE had a wonderful time and kept on asking for more! We can't wait to have you guys for our wedding and for our tet party next year!"
"Your performance at Operation Smile's 10th Annual Smile Gala was an incredible event highlight and was featured in the attached November issue of Angeleno Magazine! In celebration of our 20th Anniversary of medical missions in China, thank you again for bringing a stunning cultural tradition to life for our delighted guests. We look forward to working with you again soon!"
"Immortals performance at Lisa and Scott's wedding at the Vibiana."
We answer some of the commonly asked questions below. Feel free to contact us for further inquiries.
The most requested type of performance is for wedding receptions. A wedding performance typically lasts approximately 15 minutes, includes two to three lions, and the music ensemble (drum, gong, and cymbals). Performances can be customized for each event as we have several types of options to choose from.
The Immortals have been exclusively hired in countless numbers of festivals, special events, celebrations, grand openings, television shows, movies, commercials, concerts, etc. Please refer to our Portfolio page for an extensive list of past, current, and on-going performances. Read what people had to say about our performances on our Testimonials page.
When requesting a quote, please provide the following: -Date / Time -Location / Venue -Event ( wedding / grand opening / other) -Expected number of guests -Special requests
"That's the one thing I hear from my friends after a wedding. They wished they had more entertainment. Everything else is not as important. The cake, the dress, the decorations, the party favors, no one will remember. But they will remember the entertainment and they will remember whether or not the food was good. No one wants people to remember your wedding as being boring. That's the worst." ...Elisa -married Jan 3, 2009
Please contact us if you would like to book a performance or are interested in joining our lion dance team. Our Frequently Asked Questions section may help clarify some questions.
Practices are held every Wednesday and Friday evenings in a casual setting. There are no fees or uniforms required to attend.
Contact Information: Based in the city of LA. Phone: (626) 281 - 4478 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org