The Chinese Golden Dragons
(Cangzhou) Acrobatic Team
In China, acrobats are revered much as prima ballerinas or opera singers are revered in the West, and it takes years of rigorous training to achieve the excellence demanded by this ancient art form. Children hoping to become acrobats begin their training as young as four or five years old. Specific training with an acrobat troupe may begin by the age of eight. The basics - balancing, tumbling, dancing, flexibility, and strength are taught in the first two years, and students spend the next three to five years perfecting specific acts. Eventually, they will do their first performances when they reach the age of sixteen or seventeen.
The art of Chinese acrobatics combines both physically and spiritually. Coupled with an acrobat's immense athletic strength and impeccable balance and timing is Chi Kung - the Asian philosophy of inner strength , which focuses the body and mind to work in perfect harmony. Each individual acrobat's physical and philosophical strength combines with that of the fellow members of his or her troupe in magnificent displays of balancing, juggling, dance, comedy and magic.
The Cangzhou Acrobats of the People's Republic of China come from Wuqiao, in the Cangzhou Prefecture in southeastern Hebei Province near Beijing. Wuqiao is known as the "Home of Acrobats" in China and holds the Wuqiao International Acrobatic Art Festival every other year. Established in 1956, the Cangzhou Acrobatic Troupe has more than 90 performers and workers. It has given performances in Holland, Belgium, the former Soviet Union, Germany, France, the United States, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
"Out for a ride"
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats have become the world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, bringing their company from Cangzhou, Hebei province in China to all 50 states and over 65 countries on five continents. The members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats are actors, athletes, and artists, with an unmistakable love for their art. Their spellbinding feats are physically daring, yet graceful. The performance is enhanced by elaborate traditional costumes in brilliant colors. The combination of ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques continues to enthrall audiences of all ages.
A different way to stack chairs
"Let's see a Playboy Bunny try to serve a drink this way"
No wonder my back hurts!
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