Immortals | Lion Dance Team

A Living Tradition.



A little bit about us.

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.

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Immortals Lion Dance Style

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.

Lion Dance History

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.

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We are proud to have performed for the following occasions.

15/40 Productions, Ltd.
A&M Records
AEG Marketing
Frances Blend School for the Visually Impaired - Hollywood
Bird Pick Tea & Herb
Boeing - Woodland Hills
Braille Institute - Los Angeles
< C & H International
Cathay Bank - Various locations
Cathay Pacific Airways
Charles Schwab - Arcadia
China Eastern Airlines
Chinese American Museum
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Chong Hing Jewelers - Various locations
Comerica Bank - Cerritos
Cox and Kings
David Lee Jewelers - Arcadia
East West Bank - Pasadena (Corporate Headquarters)
Eva Air
Hing Wa Lee Jewelers - Various locations
Hong Kong Association of Southern California (HKASC)
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
Irvine Spectrum
Kim Phuoc Jewelry
pli Los Angeles Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles/Guangzhou Sister City Association
Make-A-Wish Foundation - Orange County Chapter
Maersk, Danish Shipping, Inc.
Man Realty
McDonald's - City of Pasadena - Chinese New Year - 2007
McDonnell Douglas - Long Beach
Mercedes-Benz USA - Costa Mesa
Metro United Bank
Merrill Lynch - Pasadena
Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce
Mulligan Project
New Century BMW
Neutrogena - El Segundo
Nike - Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Occidental College
Operation Smile
Panda Restaurant Group - Various locations
RBC Investments - Montage Hotel and Resort
Regal Entertainment Group - LA Live
Special Olympics - Santa Monica Pier
Superior Communications
Toyota Motor Corp - Torrance
Unical - City of Industry
Walmart - Norwalk
Warner Bros. - Street Party
Wing Hop Fung - Monterey Park

Alhambra - San Gabriel Chinese New Year's Parade & Festival
Aloha Concert Jam - Long Beach
Asian Pacific Heritage Festival - Queen Mary, Long Beach
Berkeley - Parade of Lights
Chinese New Year's at the Grove - Los Angeles
Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
International Festival of the Mask - Los Angeles
El Sereno - 4th of July Parade
Hollywood - Santa Claus Lane Parade
Huntington Park - Christmas Parade
LA Chinatown Chinese New Year's Parade & Festival
LA Chinatown Film Festival
LA Chinatown Moon Festival
LA Double 10 Parade
LA Korean Parade & Festival
LA Street Scene
LA Tofu Festival
Lantern Festival - Chinatown/CAM
Las Vegas - Parade
Long Beach Museum of Art - Children's Cultural Festival
Lotus Festival
Moon Festival - Chinatown
Nisei Week Festival - Los Angeles
Oakland - Labor Day Parade
Pleasanton - Parade
Porterville - Parade
Redondo Beach - Kite Festival
Seaside - 4th of July Parade
SF - Chinese New Year's Parade
SF - Double 10 Parade
Taiwan Beer Festival - Pomona Fairplex -2007
Unity Fest - City of Glendale

Music Video & Concerts

Matchbox 20 - Back 2 Good - Yourself or Someone Like You
Meredith Brooks - Lay Down Candles in the Rain - Deconstruction
Rolling Stones Tour - Fabulous Forum - 1974
Sisqo - Got to Get It - Unleash the Dragon
Stevie Wonder - Mulan Soundtrack - True to Your Heart - 1998

Film & TV Shows

Bachelorette - Season 2 - 2004
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
CSI : NY - 2009
Movie Premiere - Empire of the Sun - Westwood - 1987
Movie Premiere - Enter the Dragon - Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood - 1973
Everlasting Spring - Documentary
Flower Drum Song - 1961
Ford 75th Anniversary Special - 1978
Hammett - HBO - 1982
Hawaii - 1966
Movie Premiere - The Karate Kid - Westwood - 2010
Movie Premiere - Kung Fu Hustle - Arclight Theater - Hollywood - 2004
Movie Premiere - Kung Fu Panda - Hollywood - 2011
Lake Consequence - HBO - 1993
The Love Bug - 1968
Mike Super Short Show - Mulan II - 2005
MTV's 'The Phone' - 2009
Mulan - Reflections on Ice - 1998
Never So Few - 1959
Night Court - 1989
One More Train to Rob - 1971
Replacement Killers - 1998
Spiderman - 2002
Whats Up, Doc? - 1972

Special Events

70th Anniversary of Los Angeles Chinatown
Cathay Bank 50th Anniversary - Bonaventure Hotel
Chow Yun Fat Foot and Hand Print - Chinatown Plaza
Golden Spike Utah
Inaugural L.A. Marathon
Jackie Chan's First Visit to L.A. Chinatown
LA Dodgers Stadium - Inaugural Opening
Las Vegas - Construction Convention - 4 days; 13 performances - SANY
Liza Wang Foot and Hand Print - Chinatown Plaza
Olympics Opening / Closing Ceremonies
Opening Monte Carlo Casino - Dragon Noodle Co.
Richard Nixon Library - 95th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America
Rose Parade - Singapore Airlines
Shaolin Monks - Irvine Bren Center / Hollywood Palladium
Tahiti - Lion Dance Training and Seminar


American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley
Anoush - Glendale (Glenoaks)
Anoush - North Hollywood
Bel Air Bay Club
The Betty Reckas Cultural Center - Long Beach
Bowers Museum - Santa Ana
Bren Events Center - UC Irvine
Cal Tech Athenaeum - Pasadena
Calamigos Ranch - Malibu
California Club - Downtown Los Angeles
California Yacht Club - Marina Del Rey
Castle Green - Pasadena
Casino Ballroom - Catalina Island
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
The Chandelier Room - Santa Anita Park
City Club on Bunker Hill
Disneyland - Anaheim
Electra Cruises - Newport Beach
Greystone Mansion - Beverly Hills
The Hacienda - Santa Ana
Hollywood Palladium
Huntington Beach Pier
Jonathan Beach Club - Santa Monica
Jonathan Club - Downtown Los Angeles
Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park
LA Union Station
Legendary Wilshire Park Plaza
Long Beach Museum of Arts
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Arcadia
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Los Angeles River and Garden Center
Los Willows - Fallbrook
Marion Davies Guest House - Santa Monica
Marvimon - Downtown Los Angeles
Muckenthaler Mansion - Fullerton
O'Donnell House - Palm Springs
The Ocean Insititute - Dana Point
The Orange County Performing Arts Center- Rene and Henry
Smog Shoppe - Culver CitySegerstrom Concert Hall
Oviatt Penthouse - Downtown Los Angeles
Pasadena Museum of California Arts
The Proud Bird - LAX
Rancho del Cielo - Malibu
Rancho Las Lomas - Silverado
Rancho Sol del Pacifico - Malibu
Redondo Beach Pier
Richard Nixon Library
Seven-Degrees Art Gallery - Laguna Beach
Skirball Cultural Center - Los Angeles
Soka University of America - Aliso Viejo
Taglyan Cultural Center - Hollywood
Tom Bradley Tower - Los Angeles City Hall
Town & Gown - USC
University Club - UC Irvine
The Vintage Club - Indian Wells
Vibiana - Downtown Los Angeles
Victoria Gardens - Rancho Cucamonga
Wattles Mansion - Hollywood
Weiland Brewery Underground - Downtown LA


Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino
The Bicycle Casino
Caesars Palace - Las Vegas CNY
Commerce Casino
Crystal Park Hotel and Casino
Hawaiian Gardens Casino
Morongo Casino Resort and Spa


261 Mission - San Gabriel
888 - San Gabriel
Cafe Santorini - Rococo Room - Old Town Pasadena
Castaways - Burbank
Chaya - Downtown Los Angeles
Cheesecake Factory - Redondo Beach
Cicada - Downtown Los Angeles
Empress Pavilion - Los Angeles Chinatown
The Hacienda Restaurant - Santa Ana
Happy Harbor - Rowland Heights
Harbor Seafood - Monterey Park
Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood - Emeryville
Lincoln Plaza Garden Restaurant - MPK
Luminaries - Monterey Park
Monterey Hills Steakhouse - Monterey Park
NBC - Monterey Park
New Capital - Monterey Park and San Gabriel
Ocean Seafood - Los Angeles Chinatown
Ocean Star - Monterey Park
Odyssey Restaurant - Granada Hills
Prince's Seafood Restaurant - Cerritos
Reef on the Water - Long Beach
Sea Empress - Gardena
Sea Harbour - Rosemead
Silver Dragon - Oakland
The Summit House - Fullerton
Ten Ten Seafood - Cerritos
Twin Palms - Pasadena
Weiland Brewery Underground - Los Angeles

Golf Courses/Country Clubs

Alhambra Golf Course - Alhambra
California Country Club - Whittier
Chevy Chase Country Club
Coyote Hills Golf Course
Los Coyote Country Club - Buena Park
Los Verdes Golf Course - Rancho Palos Verdes
Malibou Lake Mountain Club - Agoura Hills
Mountain Gate Country Club - West LA
Old Ranch Country Club - Seal Beach
Palos Verdes Golf Course - Palos Verdes Estates
Quiet Cannon - Montebello
Rolling Hills Country Club - Rolling Hills Estates
Trump National Golf Club - Rancho Palos Verdes
Vellano Country Club - Chino Hills


Biltmore - Los Angeles
Casa del Mar - Santa Monica
Claremont Hotel - Berkeley
Crown Plaza Hotel - Anaheim
Disneyland Hotel - Anaheim
Double Tree - Anaheim
Double Tree - Monrovia
Embassy Suites - Anaheim
Fairmont Hotel - Newport Beach
Four Seasons - Beverly Wilshire
Hilton - Anaheim
Hilton - Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills
Hilton - Long Beach
Hilton - San Gabriel
Hilton - Universal City
Hotel Maya - Long Beach
Hyatt - Garden Grove
Hyatt Regency - Century Plaza
Hyatt Regency - Huntington Beach
Hyatt Regency - Long Beach
Hyatt Regency - Newport Beach
La Venta Inn - Palos Verdes Estates
Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
The Langham Huntington - Pasadena
Loews - Santa Monica Beach
Luxe Hotels - Beverly Hills
Marriott - Anaheim
Marriott - Santa Monica
Marriott Resort & Spa - Laguna Cliffs
Miramonte Resort and Spa - Indian Wells
Mission Inn - Riverside
Montage - Beverly Hills
Montage - Laguna Beach
New Otani - Downtown Los Angeles
Omni Hotel - Downtown Los Angeles
Pacific Palms Resort - Industry Hills
The Peninsula - Beverly Hills
Queen Mary Hotel
Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Ritz Carlton - Laguna Niguel
Ritz-Carlton - Los Angeles
Ritz Carlton - Marina Del Rey
Ritz Carlton - Pasadena
Sheraton - Cerritos Hotel - Towne Center
Sheraton - Downtown Los Angeles
Sheraton - Universal City
Shutters on the Beach - Santa Monica
SLS Hotel - Beverly Hills
St. Regis - Monarch Beach
Westin Bonaventure - Downtown Los Angeles
Westin Pasadena
Westin South Coast Plaza - Costa Mesa
Wilshire Grand Hotel - Los Angeles


Do you have Questions?

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

Contact Us

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