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The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom
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Segerstom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) is one of Orange County’s gems, providing quality entertainment and cultural experiences for a wide range of theater goers. From well-known broadway hits to smaller scale live concerts, there is something for everyone at one of their several venues.

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Recently my daughter and I had a fabulous Mother-Daughter afternoon seeing the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, which visited the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

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Founded in 1951 and based out of Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has long been one of the most acclaimed acrobatic groups in China. They are known for their superhuman strength and flexibility, preforming some of the most amazing feats seen onstage. Since the Company began, more than 200 of their talented artists have won gold and silver awards at national and international competitions. In 1972 the Company played a key role in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States due to their performance at the White House for President Nixon. Today, just over 40 years later, the Company has worldwide recognition having toured 500 cities in 70 countries.*

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My five year old, who is a budding gymnast, was absolutely enthralled for the entire two hour performance. She actually said, and I quote, “this is better than Beauty and the Beast!!!” (her only other experience at Segerstrom), which is a big statement for a little princess. I could hardly keep her in her seat and she fanatically clapped after each and every act.

I was equally impressed with the agility and strength that these performer-athletes exhibited onstage. Their poise and clear dedication to their art was apparent, and the stunts executed truly amazing. The show was part Circ du Soleil, part summer Olympcs, and part a family friendly Vegas show.  It was definitely entertaining.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performed only one show at SCFTA, but is on tour through 2014. Check your local theater to see if they are making an appearance near you.  For tickets to other SCFTA productions, visit scfta.org.

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Mollie is a wife to a wonderful man and stay at home Mama to two beautiful and energetic little girls. She has lived in South Orange County for most of her life and enjoys crafting, running, clean and natural living, party planning, and being involved in her community and church. She believes that being a Mom was and is her highest calling and attempts to give her girls a wide array of different experiences. From soccer cleats to tutus, running races to finding the perfect hair bow, she wants them to grow up knowing that they can be both girly and strong.

*Information via Segerstom Center for the Arts.

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