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#AAPI TRAILBLAZING: Chinese Club and Lion Dance Team at Rockhurst High School

“As a Mandarin Chinese teacher and Lion Dance Team moderator, I have observed how Rockhurst High School students developed their learning interests from studying a hard language in the classroom to undertaking the physical challenge of traditional Chinese lion dance,” said Jackie Shao, who is also the Chinese Club moderator. For more than a decade, many Rockhurst students have been captivated by the Lunar New Year and Mid-Autumn Festivals hosted by the Kansas City Chinese Association and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – and that interest has led to greater involvement. Recently, the Lion Dance Team has performed for audiences at St. Teresa’s Academy, Blue Valley School District, the Kansas City Chinese Association, and visitors to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Zoo, and Wonderscope Children’s Museum.  



The team gathered for the Multicultural Night at Wolf Springs Elementary School.


The Lunar New Year Celebration at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


(Front row) Landon Tolbert and (back row) Oliver Priestland performed at the Lunar New Year Celebration at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Featured in the May 13, 2023 issue of The Independent.


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