By Molly F., Zahra A., Carly C., & Katie K.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Hampton Elementary had an assembly with Chinese acrobats. There were two girls and two boys ages, 14, 16, 20, and 21.
They had many tricks and routines including, flexibility tricks, balancing while moving, and gymnastics! They did partner tricks as well such as lifting and flipping each other. One of the girls did a dance with fans and balanced them on parts of her body. She also did this with candelabras. In addition, the men did pole dancing where they pulled themselves onto a large pole and used their strength to move around and stay up without falling. The two girls and men both did a gymnastics duet and were both very flexible. They were perfectly in sync and could support each other’s weight. These performances were amazing!
These acrobats were very young and have been training for performing almost their whole lives. “We have been training everyday” Said the announcer. They have been doing it for 14 years!
We also asked the PTA some questions about preparing the assembly. First, we asked them how they got the idea to have a Chinese Acrobat assembly. “I was trying to book something entertaining. Something FUN! I wanted a special treat for students and faculty to enjoy before winter break. I also thought it would be something interesting since most students have never experienced a performance like this, said the PTA’s Cultural Arts Chairperson, Melissa Randola.
Next, we asked them how they got in contact with the organization. “The name of the organization is The Bureau of Lectures and concert artists. I personally contacted them via email and phone. I also sent items through the mail,” Randola said.
Finally, we asked them if it was difficult to plan an assembly and what goes into planning the assembly? “I don’t think it is difficult. It is very exciting. Here is how I plan an assembly:
1) Check with Ms. Kaiser for available dates and what our budget is for the assembly.
2) Book the assembly. Mail a contract and down the payment.
3) ‘’Get prepared by setting up the dressing room, a microphone, sound system, etc.
4) ‘’Greet the assembly guests.
5)After the assembly I send a thank you note with feedback about the assembly. I also include their final payment.”
Thanks to the PTA to make it possible. This assembly was a big success for Hampton. I think that all the students really enjoyed having something like this to experience!