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Jan 222019
 

On Saturday, January 26, at 3 p.m., Orange Community Women will present Li Liu in “Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics.” This family event for all ages is a one-woman acrobatic show in which Li performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos and foot juggling.

A limited number of volunteers get to join her on stage to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning. The documented history of acrobatics in China goes back more than 2,000 years. Throughout her show, Li explains some of the rituals of Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year, teaches the audience some basic Chinese phrases, and encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place.

Li Liu was born in the city of Shenyang in The Northeast of China and began her acrobatic training at the age of 6.  She was chosen to attend The Chinese National Circus School in the capital city of Beijing where she trained until she was 16.  After touring extensively throughout Europe and winning medals and prizes at several festivals, she came to the United States with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured all over the US.  She is a regular on the NBA & WNBA half-time circuits and is also a featured performer on Princess Cruise Lines.

The show will take place at High Plains Community Center Gym  525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  For advance tickets contact Michelle @ 203=605-4383 or fbailey1@optonline.net  or any member of OCW.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. Our charitable and community projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook Estates, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services, supporting Relay for Life and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at HPCC and new members are always welcome.  For information about OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at donnaweso@optimum.net.

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