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Dunedin Senior Citizens Chinese Association, waist drum dancers

Waist drumDunedin Senior Citizens Chinese Association, waist drum (yao gu) dancers. 21 March 2021, Dunedin Multiethnic Council, Race Relations Day, Otago Museum. Photo © Henry Johnson.

“Waist drum is a fun exercise activity that build fitness and cultivates sentiment. It brings happiness and productivity, especially after retirement. Many members of the Association experienced an increase in energy, good health and vitality after joining the waist drum team.“ (

“Since bringing the waist drum to Dunedin in 2015, the Dunedin Senior Citizens Chinese Association have performed it on various stages around the community. These performances are enjoyed by all those who attend.” (