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Welcome to NAMA
Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe - Herts, London UK

The National Academy of Martial Arts (NAMA) is a demonstration team trained and run by former world champions Bob and Joanne Fermor. Based in Hertfordshire UK.

Our Demonstration and Performance Team are available for hire for events throughout the UK, our range of services include:

  • Lion Dance
  • Dragon Dance
  • Tai Chi Display
  • Kung Fu Display
  • Kung Fu Panda

We can perform at any event or function which could benefit from an exciting martial arts performance, such as:

  • Educational School Workshops
  • New Business/Shop Opening Ceremonies
  • Chinese New Year Demonstrations
  • Fetes
  • Martial Arts Shows and Exhibitions
  • Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events

To find out how we can help make your event a spectacular one to remember and to discuss your requirements in detail, please get in touch for a friendly chat.
Telephone: 07947 466377 or Email:

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Chinese New Year 2016 - Book Lion Dance Hertfordshire UK

Chinese New Year 2016 is 'The Year of the Monkey' and runs from 8th February until 22nd February. NAMA can help you to make your celebrations a special time. A Lion and Dragon Dance are the ideal way to see in the Chinese New Year and are perfect for parties, events and educational school workshops & demonstrations.

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  • "This is the best day of my life."
    - 7yr Old Girl - Markyate Village School
  • "It was a wonderful experience for our children and parents alike and we will certainly be using you again."
    - Lisa Oakden (Headteacher) - Samuel Ryder Academy
  • "Bob and his team really engaged the children. The equipment was fantastic and the children loved being able to try everything out and have a go themselves. The children were buzzing and we can't wait for them to come back and have a go all over again. ."
    - Donald McGibbon (Headteacher) - Brecknock Primary School

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What's the difference between Chinese
Lion and Dragon Dance?

National Academy of Martial Arts - Lion Dance Logo

The Chinese lion dance is often mistakenly referred to as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is normally operated by two dancers, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers' faces are only seen occasionally, since they are inside the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers' faces can be easily seen since the dragon is held on poles. Chinese lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts.

A Chinese Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.

A Chinese Dragon Dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. The dance is performed by a team of dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon. The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner.

The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community.[1] The dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity.