Schuyler Elementary School was treated to a performance by The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats last week.

The acrobats showed off their physical prowess Nov. 8 during two different performances. Amazed students and staff were able to watch juggling, a contortionist and balancing routine that involved a stack of chairs that nearly reached the gymnasium ceiling.

The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats chaperone, Penny Trautman, explained to the students just how hard the performers must work to perfect their acts.

“Our guests have been practicing these routines and all acrobatic areas since they were about 3 years old,” Trautman said. “When they were old enough to go to school they would practice six hours per day. Three hours were put in before school and three hours were practiced after school.”

The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats are sponsored by the Bureau of Lecturers and Concert Artists based in Lawrence, Kansas. The bureau brings Chinese acrobats to perform 250 shows in the United States. Once the company has balanced its last act, members return home to China. Another group of acrobats is then selected to continue the routine.

The bureau has offered this unique experience to schools across the United States and Canada for 18 years.

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