When I was growing up, I never went to the circus. Sometimes when I tell people that, they think it's crazy! I really don't think it made much of a difference in my happiness as a kid. Nevertheless, when I had the chance to take my own kids on their first trip to the circus to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents DRAGONS last fall, we found that it's definitely an amazing experience. We were excited to head to the Kansas City Sprint Center again this year to see the new touring show from Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey: Built to Amaze!
It's a show that is designed to amaze, and it does not disappoint! From the opening number to the death-defying feats of the troupe, to the performing animals and right to the last confetti explosion, this performance certainly amazed us.
Led by Ringmaster Andre McClain (a Kansas City native), the many performers of Built to Amaze! have assembled a dazzling display of spectacles to wow all of their audience members - young and old alike!
The first act that made me gasp out loud was that of Dmitry Dolgikh and Nadejhda Tarasova, a husband and wife team who performed an unbelievable Iron Jaw act - where Dima lifted Nadia more than 30 feet in the air, using only his jaw. Yes. His jaw. I was astounded. I didn't even know something like that was possible!
|The kids were fond of the trucks driven by the circus clowns.|
A few other highlights included:
-The paint fight by the troupe of Clown Alley. It was hilarious!
-Watching Francleib Rodrigues walk upside down on the ceiling. He uses loops on the ceiling to keep him in an inverted position and uses no safety harness or line. It was unbelievable. My heart was in my throat the entire act!
-The Trampoline Tower Tumblers were one of my favorite acts to watch. These eight performers performed incredible stunts on the combination of two trampolines, powerful acrobatics, and a 12-foot tower. It was cool!
Due to the short attention span of our 1- and 3-year-old kids, we missed a couple of acts: the Danguir Troupe (cyclists on high wires) and Gemma Querida Kirby, the Human Cannonball. I am bummed that we had to skip them, but our kids needed a break to run around the lobby and work off some energy by the end of Act I.
The Stars of the Steel Vortex gave another unbelievable performance. There were four performers who were riding inside and on top of the two rings while they spun unbelievably fast. When they broke out jump ropes and started doing tricks while walking on top of the loops, I was terrified that they would fall to their doom! But it was a beautiful act met with thunderous applause.
I tell you what. I could never be a circus performer. At least not one who does crazy stunts like that!
I don't have any great photos of the animal acts, but Addie's favorite acts were definitely the "horsies" and "el-phants" and "doggies." I couldn't get Lincoln to tell me his favorite part, he just said "anything!" (which, in Lincoln-speak, means everything). It was a night of amazement and wonder, for sure!
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