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POSTED: November 10, 2010 9:47 a.m.
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Besides amazing feats of agility, the act includes lavish costumes.

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The Hinesville Area Arts Council and Fort Stewart MWR are bringing the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats to Fort Stewart on Thursday, Nov. 18. They will appear at Newman Fitness Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Leisure Travel Offices on Fort Stewart and HAAF, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and The Heritage Bank. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.hinesvillearts.org and at the door the night of the event.
The acrobats are on their 31st North American Theater Tour. The performance consists of Chinese acrobatics, balancing feats, martial arts displays and more. The group has performed throughout South America, Central America, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Monte Carlo, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Canada and the United States.
In addition to appearing on many TV specials, The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have been featured on the Family Channel’s “Home & Family Show,” KTLA’s “Good Morning - LA” and New York One News. The acrobats also were interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. They have met many celebrities and dignitaries over the years, including former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Roslyn.
Training to become a member of the touring company of the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats begins at an e arly age. It is a family affair. Children who watch their parents contort, leap and sail through the air take it for granted that they will, in time, do the same — and they invariably do. Formal lessons and training begin at the age of 5 or 6. There are three schools for the arts in China: the first dealing with dance, the second with Chinese opera and the third with acrobatics. Here, acrobatic students spend four hours each day going through their paces, so that by the time they reach the age of 14 or 15, their art has become a part of their daily lives and is virtually second nature.
For more information about the event, go to www.hinesvillearts.org or call 912-408-3780.

 

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