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Denver Mandarin immersion students prepare for New Year

January 20, 2012

Chinese New Year: Ring in the Year of the Dragon with dances, art, food and kung fu

POSTED: 01/19/2012 04:39:05 PM MST
UPDATED: 01/19/2012 04:39:10 PM MST

By The Denver Post

Kindergartners from the Denver Language School rehearsed a play they will peform at Hamilton Middle School celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon. The celebration will include traditional Chinese dances and songs performed by the students in their second language, Mandarin. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

The Chinese New Year begins on Monday, but the time to celebrate is now: New Year’s parties will be happening all over the city in the coming days, with a few big ones banging the gong this weekend.

Tonight, the Denver Language School welcomes the Year of the Dragon with a performance by students in its kindergarten through third-grade classes. The kids have been learning Mandarin through immersion, and will use their skills in presenting lion dances, handkerchief twirling and traditional Chinese songs. Pro groups from the Chinese Cultural Academy and Wah Lum Kung Fu will take the stage, too.6 p.m. today, Hamilton Middle School, 8600 E. Dartmouth Ave. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-18, free for 4 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at DLS (451 Newport St.) before 3 p.m. today.

Read more:Chinese New Year: Ring in the Year of the Dragon with dances, art, food and kung fu – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_19770053#ixzz1k1DZBdN1
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