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MGM Junior Lion Dance Summer Class Celebrates Decade of Success
Promoting Chinese Lion Dance Traditions With Over 540 Young Lions Trained
“MGM Junior Lion Dance Summer Class” celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

MGM is committed to promoting Lingnan culture and lion dance. The "MGM Junior Lion Dance Summer Class", which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, marks a new milestone in MGM's commitment to traditional Chinese culture. This year's class received an overwhelming response with a number of applications tripled last year’s record, enabling MGM to increase the recruitment to 100 participants. Through the summer class, MGM aims to encourage children to make good use of their summer break with lion dance training – a great opportunity to strengthen their physical fitness, team spirit as well as cultural confidence.


The 10th MGM Junior Lion Dance Summer Class is jointly organized by MGM and the Mak Chi Leong Dragon & Lion Dance Sports Association, with the support of the Education and Youth Development Bureau, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Macau Government Tourism Office, and the Wushu General Association of Macau. The orientation of the summer class took place on July 7 at MGM MACAU with almost 250 young lion dancers and their parents attending.


Catarina Lio, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing at MGM, said, "Even though the journey has not been easy, the Junior Lion Dance Summer Class has reached its 10th anniversary. Some of the alumni have already achieved remarkable results in youth competitions. We are grateful for the support of the parents and hope that the young lion dancers will appreciate the charm of this sport. MGM has organized a variety of events to preserve the lion dance tradition, including the upcoming “11th International Lion Dance Championship 2024 – MGM Cup” in October. We strive to popularize the lion dance tradition in the Lingnan culture and leverage MGM’s strengths to make Macau a platform for showcasing lion dance."


At the orientation, MGM's mascot Leo made an impressive appearance in a lion dance costume to welcome the participants and mark the start of the summer class. Participants of the "MGM Lion Dance Training Program" also took part and performed a captivating performance, aiming to inspire the young lion dancers. As per the tradition, the alumni tied waist belts on the lion dancers to symbolize the passing down of the skills and spirit of lion dance.


The first class begins on July 8 and runs for seven weeks. The participants, aged five to eight, will learn about the history of the lion dance, its basic movements, and the use of various props and musical instruments for the dance. Over the years, the summer class has already trained over 540 young lion dancers. Those who demonstrate outstanding performance will have the chance to enroll in the “MGM Lion Dance Training Program” to further enhance their lion dance techniques. To date, the training program has recruited more than 180 members. Since 2018, members of the training program have taken part in local competitions, with some of them representing Macau in competitions in Hong Kong and achieving notable results. In addition, they also performed in cultural and sporting events in Macau as well as the Greater Bay Area to make the art of lion dance and Chinese culture widely known.



About MGM


MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau. 


MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.


MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the only mega complex and hotel in Macau to gain three-star certification in both Green Building Design and Operation Label, as well as the first hotel in the Greater Bay Area and second in Greater China to receive the certifications.


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