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Vietnamese Drum and Dance

Vietnamese drum and dance is a traditional dance accompanied by cylindrical drums and other musical instruments. Participants each wear a drum around their neck, which allows them to perform twirls and wave colourful scarves while also pounding on the drum. Vietnamese drum and dance is performed in a group, and there is typically a great deal of interaction among dancers, who act out conversations and occasionally hold hands during the performance. Dancers spend a great deal of rehearsal time preparing for performances. Participants typically wear traditional clothing during performances.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Cylindrical drum dance; Mua bong; Trong com

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Vietnamese drum and dance, as the name suggests, is a traditional dance style originating from Vietnam. While the precise origins in Canada are unclear, the dance style gained popularity with the arrival of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in the 1970s.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, typically from the GTA's Vietnamese community.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Vietnamese drum and dance occurs at cultural festivals, such as Carassauga, and at special occasions on the lunar calendar, such as Lunar New Year and the Vietnamese Lantern Festival.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Vietnamese Women’s Association of Toronto Family Service

Cultural Significance

This activity is culturally significant to some members of the Vietnamese-Canadian community. The dance is performative in nature and is often utilized to showcase Vietnamese culture to persons from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds.

Is there anything else we should know?

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Dance
  • Hershey Fields
    5600 Rose Cherry Pl
    Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6
  • Harbourfront Centre
    235 Queens Quay
    Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
  • Canada Vietnam Society
    2 Bloor Street West
    Suite 700
    Toronto, ON M4W 3E2
  • Vietnamese Women’s Association
    1756 St Clair Ave West
    Toronto, ON M6N 1J3

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