It wouldn’t be summer without a visit from the circus… and this year’s tour promises to be one for the millennium! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONSSM at the Frank Erwin Center August 21–25, will bring performers from across the globe showcasing astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. Children of all ages will be amazed by the fantastical festival of circus champions celebrating mythic dragon lore and authentic circus feats. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson returns to the ring to introduce a variety of spellbinding acts from far and wide:
The Shaolin Warriors
The Shaolin Warriors from China are fearless Kung Fu martial artists trained from an early age to become masters of their discipline. Come see the powerful concentration and skill they demonstrate using rapid movements and sheer physical strength. Not even 48 steel blades rotating within a metal ring of fire can unnerve the steady mind of a Shaolin Warrior as he jumps through the razor-sharp blaze blindfolded!
Riders of the Wind
The Riders of the Wind features a dozen Cossack horsemen and their trusty thoroughbreds. These deftly-balancing equestrian acrobats perform intricate maneuvers while their steady steads gallop underneath at full speed. It will be an amazing display of strength and dexterity not to be missed!
The Globe of Steel
The Globe of Steel highlights the Torres Family with their motorcycles in a 16-foot round metal cage. An unbelievable eight people will orbit inside together within inches of each other at a speed of 65 miles per hour! And later, the Double Motorcycle High-Wire Act will feature two more daredevil riders suspended 30-feet in the air as they race their bikes over the audience!
Hair Hang Heroines
The Hair Hang Heroines is exactly what it sounds like: two long-haired ladies are ascended 35-feet in the air, held up only by their dark tresses. Featured in a dazzling aerial display, Viktoriya Medeiros and Widny Neves juggle, flip and spiral down a silk chiffon, all while relying on the strength of their hair strands alone!
The Flying Caceres soar elegantly through the air with their double-decker high trapeze designed specifically for Ringling Bros.®. Watch as the troupe executes the difficult forward triple somersault, and troupe leader George Caceres undertakes a full twisting double bar-to-bar somersault!
The Russian Bar Renegades and Teeterboard Titans will try to outdo one another in a friendly tournament of one-upmanship. These amazing acrobatic troupes will vault from a 12-foot long, six inch wide bar and showcase and incredible series of flips, twists and somersault sequences. To top it off, they’ll also stand in six foot tall stilts to launch from a seesaw into an unbelievable triple somersault!
And no Ringling Bros.® circus would be complete without the wonderful performance of various animals that amaze audiences with their grace, strength and agility. Big cat trainer Alexander Lacey fearlessly commands his tigers and lions. Mayya and Andriy Panfilov coax their troupe of domestic felines to perform small-scale feats. Hans Klose and his high-energy rescue dogs perform agility games and tricks. And finally, the treasured Asian elephants will also be on hand presenting an incredible spectacle of majestic wonder!
Ringling Bros.® Presents DRAGONS begins with the All-Access Preshow® one hour before every show time, when all ticket holders can participate in the excitement within the rings. Come learn to juggle and balance, get performer autographs, see an elephant paint a masterpiece, and meet the Ringling Bros.® clowns in person!
Don’t miss this opportunity to see all the fun and fantastic entertainment Ringling Bros.® Presents DRAGONS has in-store this year at the Frank Erwin Center August 21–25!
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