Brighton Beach students welcome the Year of the Rooster

Ni hao!: Performers and dancers from the Happy House Community and Cultural Center put a traditional lion dance show for the Chinese New Year.
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They’re boosters for the roosters!

Students ushered in the Chinese New Year with traditional dance performances at IS 303 in Brighton Beach on Jan. 27.

There’s no better way to celebrate the Year of the Rooster than with elaborate Lion and Kung Fu dances — performers from the Happy House Community and Cultural Center in Sheepshead Bay put on the show as the students cheered on from their seats, said an educator at the school and organizer of the event.

“They put on a whole big show with music, kung fu fighting, all different martial arts — the students on the sidelines participating, the smiles on their faces,” said Mario Caggiano. “It was a lot of fun.”

And the dances also gave the bright young pupils a chance to learn even more about the culture, said Caggiano.

“We’re trying to celebrate diversity in our school. Students asked questions at the end about the history and culture, and about the rooster,” he said. “It was very beautiful for the kids to celebrate the Chinese culture.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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