Lily Han is an 8th-generation practitioner of ‘single bamboo pole drifting’ and most likely the last. She learned the skills from her grandmother when she was only 6.
“I wanted to give performances on the water like my grandmother, but she didn’t want me to live in poverty like her and grandfather.”
“She persuaded me to study hard and get a good job.” – Lily
Lily agreed but on one condition: she was allowed to pursue the passion for dance that she shared with her grandmother.
Studying and practicing diligently, Lily was awarded a scholarship and she eventually entered a prestigious dance school in the US.
For 16 years, she perfected her ballet with the hope of combining ballet with the traditional skill of bamboo drifting in the future.
But her journey is not without blood, sweat and tears.
“If you know anyone who is struggling with foot pain, please share my story with them.” – Lily
In order to be a professional, Lily practiced up to 7 hours every day. Training day and night gave Lily constantly aching feet.
3 months prior her graduation gala performance, Lily’s condition worsened. Her feet hurt so bad that she could barely dance.
During a practice session, she felt a sharp stabbing pain in her foot, causing her to fall.