The Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of China is one of the featured acts performing with the Big Apple Circus, which recently raised $17,000 for Outreach, a non-profit provider for drug and alcohol treatment services.
Photo by Ira Cohen
By Natalia Kozikowska
May 30, 2013
The Big Apple Circus returned to Queens this spring with its annual show for Outreach, a non-profit provider for drug and alcohol treatment services. For nearly two decades, the Big Apple Circus and Outreach have joined together to raise money for a good cause.
e performance, “Legendarium,” was held on May 22 at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. All proceeds from the sale of circus or raffle tickets purchased from Outreach benefited the expansion and enhancement of addiction treatment centers. By the end of the night, they had raised approximately $17,000 for the nonprofit.
“They’ve been a wonderful partner throughout the years,” said Christine Casiano, vice president and chief administrative officer of Outreach. “It’s just been wonderful and a great place to be every year. I’ve been doing this for 19 years and they’ve just been very supportive of even getting the word out.”
The two-hour show featured a wide variety of talented and unique performers. The entire performance had the audience at the edge of their seats as aerialists soared in the tent and acrobats performed dangerous feats in the air
One of the most unique performances came from the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of China, a group of girls who combine bike riding with acrobatics in an artistic way. In total, the group has performed in more than 60 countries and received more than 240 awards and prizes in domestic and acrobatic competitions.
Just as the performance kept the audience at their feet, there were plenty of moments they were able to sit back and laugh. The dynamic clown duo, the Acrobuffos, was highly entertaining and engaging. One also could not help but smile during the segment when a number of playful dogs took the stage to show off their tricks and personalities.
The Big Apple Circus will be holding shows at Cunningham Park now through June 16. For tickets and information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.