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History of The Golden Dragon Acrobats

Our cultural heritage and our identity

The Golden Dragon Acrobats have toured for more than 30 years to global acclaim. The group has performed in all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. The Golden Dragon Acrobat troupe had its Broadway debut at the New Victory Theater in 2005, and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for its performance. Its members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early age.

The group’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and began performing with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs.

Acrobatic acts have evolved throughout the history of China. China is credited with producing some of the best acrobats in the world. Chinese acrobats maintain a notable style and standard routines. However, there are some similarities between the acrobatic schools of different countries. All recognizable circuses have juggling acts, trapeze acts, handstand acts and comic relief. Differences are reflected in theatrical presentation, including music, novelty acts such as clowns, and lighting.