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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS Review

We attended opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Dragons on Thursday night.  We were lucky enough be invited to attend a Meet and Greet before the show.  It was so amazing to get to meet some of the performers from the show. It was awesome of these talented performers to meet with us to talk, sign autographs and take photos before the show.
After the Meet and Greet, we attended the All Access Pre-show. This was so cool! We saw up close and personal acts. The horses, an elephant (and the elephant painted!), dogs and other performers. Kaitlynn and many other kids participated in a large dance off at the end of the Pre-show.
The circus started with huge inflatable balls being tossed around in the audience.  What a great way to get the audience excited for the show.  The "Pledge of Allegiance" was beautifully done with an elephant decked out in red, white and blue adorned with one of the performers on it's back.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Dragons is a once in a millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon. Performers showcased their astounding acts of bravery and amazing athleticism. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presided over Dragons. He did an amazing job. His voice and costumes were such an integral part of the show. He helped make this performance one of the best we have seen. Dragons brought together together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats. It's a blend of renowned spiritual and real life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show On Earth®!
Some of the performers that made this The Greatest Show on Earth are: The Shaolin Warriors, from China, execute intense and fearless Kung Fu martial arts dating back to the 5th Century. The Riders of the Wind, a dozen of the most deftly-balancing Cossack riders, charge into the ring on their thoroughbred horses, displaying great strength and amazing dexterity. The Globe of Steel features the Torres Family who will shatter all records by putting eight family members on specialized motorcycles.Alexander Lacey, trainer and award winning presenter, along with his big cats including tigers and lions, summons brazen bravado and valor in one mixed cat display. Viktoriya Medeiros and Widny Neves, the Hair Hang Heroines ascend 35-feet in the air from just the strands of their long dark hair. The Flying Caceres, with their double decker high trapeze designed specifically for Ringling Bros., will soar elegantly through the air.Asian elephants, the largest herd of any circus in North America, are presented in an incredible spectacle of majestic wonder and strength. Andre McClain presents a display of horses, ponies, mini-donkeys, and goats; Hans Klose with his ten high-energy rescue dogs display their animal athleticism by high jumping, hurdling, back flipping, walking on their hind legs and even diving from 16-feet up in the air; and, Mayya and Andriy Panfilov amaze as their troupe of performing domestic felines scale a “kitty low wire”, balance on top of balls, jump through hula hoops and walk across parallel bars only using their front paws. In a friendly tournament of Russian Bar Renegades and Teeterboard Titans, two amazing acrobatic troupes attempt to outdo one another as they vault from a 12-foot long, six inch wide Russian bar showcasing an overwhelming series of flips, twists and somersaults sequences. Roaring through the arena sky is the dueling double motorcycle high-wire!

You can still get tickets to this never before seen, once in a millenium show. It will be performed from October 11-14, 2012 at the Scottrade Center. Use code, BLOG, to save on select tickets online at: Valid on $15 and $20 tickets only.
*I was compensated tickets for this show as an FFA in order to reviiew this show.  This review is solely my opinion.