NUS Lion Dance was formed in 1985 by undergraduates and alumni who share a passion for Chinese lion dance. As the oldest University-level lion dance troupe in Singapore, the troupe frequently receives invitations for numerous performances during the Lunar New Year festive season and throughout the year, both on and off campus.

NUS Lion Dance is instructed by Master Chan Siew Kee, a vastly experienced lion dance performer and trainer, and aims to promote lion dance as a cultural form to the NUS community and to spread awareness and appreciation of this art form within NUS and beyond. NUS Lion Dance has been a member of NUS Centre For the Arts since 2004.

Key Past Events

  • 2013Official opening of NUS University Town

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Chan Siew Kee

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Master Chan Siew Kee is currently the lead instructor of NUS Lion Dance. He has been appointed as Honourable Lion Dance Advisor and Main Speaker of Federation of Selangor and Federal Territory Dragon and Lion Dance Association in year 2002. He is also the Main Speaker for Singapore National Wushu Federation for the 1st National Lion Dance Conference in year 2002.

Born in 1947, Master Chan Siew Kee has vast experience in the Lion Dance cultural form. He joined the Singapore Hok San Association's Lion Dance Troupe at an early age of 8 and was accepted as the "humble kneeling disciple" of the late Master Ho Kai Seng. He was the founding member of Singapore Hok Kiaw Athletic Association in 1972 and has represented the association in an 8-days round-island performance in Taiwan, where he led and choreographed the performance for a 60 member strong contingent.

Master Chan was appointed as Judge and Member of Lion Dance Technical Committee by the Singapore National Wushu Federation in 1985. He was further appointed as the Lead Drummer for a spectacular display of 200 prancing "lions" during the 25th Silver Anniversary National Day Parade 1990. In 1994, he was the Chief Architect and Planner of the 1st National Drum Beating Competition in Singapore. Master Chan was then honoured as a National Judge by the Singapore National Wushu Federation in the same year.

Master Chan was appointed as Judge and Member of Lion Dance Technical Committee by the Singapore National Wushu Federation in 1985. He was further appointed as the Lead Drummer for a spectacular display of 200 prancing "lions" during the 25th Silver Anniversary National Day Parade 1990. In 1994, he was the Chief Architect and Planner of the 1st National Drum Beating Competition in Singapore. Master Chan was then honored as a National Judge by the Singapore National Wushu Federation in the same year.

Master Chan chooses and accepts disciples all over the world. He established the International Sar Ping Confederation, which changed its name to World Sar Ping (Lui Pai) Lion Dance Federation in 2014. Over the years, he travelled the world to promote Lion Dance, and since then has an established presence not only in Asian countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, but also in countries like Australia, Canada, USA and France.