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Chinese Lunar New Year at David Boody Intermediate School

Snow-delayed celebration recognizes students’ rich heritage

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Tiger in the tank: The school’s hip-hop team did a dance routine in honor of the New Year with some help from the school mascot.
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Cheer of the Horse: The Boody Tiger Cheerleaders perform at the celebration.
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The fans go wild: The Chinese Dance Troupe performs the traditional blue fan dance.
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Take a bow: Dancer Ying Shi performs the colorful ribbon dance.

It might not be so new anymore, but that didn’t stop these kids from ringing in the Year of the Horse!

David Boody Intermediate School finally got to celebrate the start Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 26 — almost two weeks after a snowstorm cancelled the originally scheduled event.

The kids showed no sign of falling behind because of the postponement, as the school’s cheerleaders and hip-hop dance team put on high-energy performances. But the headlining act was the school’s Chinese Dance Troupe, which has performed throughout the city. The troupe showed off its skill at the traditional lion, blue fan, and ribbon dances. The event featured narration in both English and Chinese.

School officials said the event was a way to create a multi-cultural community in which all traditions are treated with respect.

“We want to honor the heritage of our neighbors and share with them the joy and beauty of Lunar New Year,” said principal Dominick D’Angelo

D’Angelo, a Gravesend native, also saw the celebration as a manifestation of the area’s ongoing demographic changes. One-third of the student body at Boody is Asian-American, and the school was the first in the area to roll out a dual-language curriculum for Chinese-speaking youth.

“This is an immigrant neighborho­od,” he said. “When I was young, the immigrants were Italian. Now, many of them come from China.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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