For the second year, the Austin chapter of TTCS held a Chinese New Year Intensive at our own classroom followed by a Chinese New Year Banquet in the Fellowship Hall of the church next door. The schedule of events for the day included a Beginner Class from 9–10am. followed by the Intensive with a 10–11:45am morning session, 11:45am–12:15pm break for snacks, and then an afternoon session. Virginia Amos of Corpus Christi, who sits on the USA Board as well as the Western Regional and National Instruction Coordination Committees, led the intensive. She helped us improve our toryus and concentrated on teaching the two Creeping Low Like Snake moves, which seemed fitting as the entire day was set aside to honor the new Year of the Snake. Virginia reminded us that learning tai chi is like peeling the layers of an onion and some of our questions couldn’t be answered at this time because, “that answer is in the middle of the onion.”
The banquet began at 3pm with a delicious 7-course catered meal punctuated with drawings for many fabulous door prizes and raffle prizes. The venue set a festive mood with red and gold decorations and many of the attendees dressed in red, the color of good luck in Chinese culture. The program included storytelling and New Year’s trivia and traditions. Happy Year of the Snake to everyone!