In having a vision to retain our Vietnamese heritage, we formed a youth-led lion dance team that goes hand in hand with our traditional martial arts known as Vovinam - Việt Võ Đạo. With the intent to have the youth learn and develop leadership skills that will be useful in their future, the Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team was established on January 4th, 2009 by a group of young and talented individuals.
When the Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team was created, we started out with nothing. We fund-raised by means of having car washes and performing martial arts, and have gained a great deal of support from sponsors. With the amount of funds we had collected, we were able to purchase new lion heads and instruments for the team.
Our goal is to instill in the Vietnamese-Americans a sense of belonging, a feeling of bonding for their heritage, and a network of support as a second family.