Chinese New Year Performance Celebrates Diversity at Kavod Senior Life
Denver, CO: Kavod Senior Life (Kavod), a nonprofit organization providing housing and support services to individuals age 62+ and those with qualifying mobility impairments, is celebrating the traditional Chinese New Year on Sunday, February 28 from 2pm to 4pm with a special outdoor performance.
“Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and heritages,” says Connie Moore, Director of Life Enrichment at Kavod. “Providing cultural performances such as this one helps us continue to inspire inclusiveness, build bridges, and celebrate our diversity.”
According to Moore, the purpose of the dragon and lion dance is to preserve the culture and traditions of the Asian community. Traditionally, the dragon and lion dance was used to frighten demons from local businesses and communities and to help bring good fortune to all. Today, the tradition endures to celebrate and commemorate the Chinese New Year, which official launched Feb. 12.
The Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Dragon & Lion Dance Association will be providing the “progressive” entertainment outdoors (it will repeat at various sites among Kavod’s three buildings) so Kavod’s older residents can enjoy the entertainment from their apartment windows. Alternatively, individuals may view outdoors while observing COVID-19 protocols. Kavod has been successfully providing this type of safe entertainment off and on since the onset of the pandemic back in late spring of 2020.
The Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Dragon & Lion Dance Association is trained by the world famous Great Grand Master Robin Chan Siew Kee from Singapore, Grand Master Siow Phiew & Master Albert Fong Kong Yip from Malaysia & Master Phong Vo from Colorado. This group has won many Colorado and USA National Lion and Dragon Dance Competitions.
Kavod is a currently the sixth largest retirement community in Denver, as rated by the Denver Business Journal. The International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC named Kavod one of 25 Top Wellness Communities in North America in 2019 and 2020. Kavod also received the LeadingAge – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award (2019) and earned a Top Rated badge from Great Nonprofits (2021).
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Kavod Senior Life is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization with a mission of providing life-enriching experiences to older adults through a broad range of housing and support services that reflect the spiritual, social and cultural values of Jewish tradition. Contact is below.