Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe in Vietnam

Published February 4th, 2021 - 01:08 GMT

Le Yen Quyen is a pharmacist who works at a local health clinic in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. However, at night, she dances under the head of a lion on perilously high metal poles, practising her moves ahead of Lunar New Year festivities.

The 27-year-old female is one of the first women to join the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance troupe, where performers mimic the movements of the creatures to bring good luck and dispel evil spirits.

Evening after evening in the southern city of Can Tho, she perfects the stunts she will show off during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year holiday which begins next week.

Not only Quyen but also her baby daughter, who accompanies her to every session, looks on from the sidelines.

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This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her lion dance mask before a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her lion dance mask before a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her one-year-old daughter before leaving for practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her one-year-old daughter before leaving for practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 21, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) of the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school performing a dragon dance outside a newly-opened cafe in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 21, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) of the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school performing a dragon dance outside a newly-opened cafe in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen performing as part of a lion dance during a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen performing as part of a lion dance during a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows female dancers taking part in a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows female dancers taking part in a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Huynh Thi Kim Dieu walking past a room full of costumes before practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Huynh Thi Kim Dieu walking past a room full of costumes before practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (L) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (L) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her lion dance mask before a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her one-year-old daughter before leaving for practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 21, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) of the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school performing a dragon dance outside a newly-opened cafe in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen performing as part of a lion dance during a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows female dancers taking part in a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Huynh Thi Kim Dieu walking past a room full of costumes before practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (L) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her lion dance mask before a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her lion dance mask before a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her one-year-old daughter before leaving for practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen posing with her one-year-old daughter before leaving for practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 21, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) of the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school performing a dragon dance outside a newly-opened cafe in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 21, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) of the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school performing a dragon dance outside a newly-opened cafe in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen performing as part of a lion dance during a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen performing as part of a lion dance during a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows female dancers taking part in a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows female dancers taking part in a practice session at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Huynh Thi Kim Dieu walking past a room full of costumes before practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Huynh Thi Kim Dieu walking past a room full of costumes before practice at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (L) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (L) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
This photograph taken on January 20, 2021 shows Le Yen Quyen (C) practising a dragon dance routine along with other female dancers at the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance school in Can Tho city in southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

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