Thanks to the folks at the Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists, located in Lawrence, Kansas, for putting together some of the finest school enrichment assembly shows available each year. They search the globe, to bring children across the United States a taste of the culture, lifestyles, music, animals, and performing arts from distant lands.
The Bureau of Lectures was founded in 1901, and last year alone, they provided entertainment for over 7,000 assemblies at almost 3,000 different schools.
Last week, the children from the Oakdale, Avery, and Riverdale Elementary Schools, here in Dedham, were treated to an unforgettable show, that featured four Chinese acrobats.Interpreter Alex Chen, told us that the three girls and one boy (all in their mid-teens) had "turned pro" back home in Beijing, China by the age of 8.They are called the Dragon Show.
The group spends countless hours, rehearsing their act each day, before traveling to schools aroundthe country. Committed to excellence, their mission is to share some of the traditional forms of Chinese performance, coupled with some of today`s modern techniques, to entertain and educate audiences of all ages. The 45 minute show was a non-stop spectacle of juggling, balance, gymnastics and precision, leaving the teachers and students in each of our schools sharing the same response... whoa!