Chinese acrobat Li Liu, who has been practicing her trade since age 6, performed for the nearly 400 students and staff at Sacandaga today.
She discussed Chinese culture with the students and performed a variety of activities, as can be seen in the pictures below.
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Li Liu was born in the city of Shenyang in The Northeast of China.
At the age of six she began her acrobatic training with her father. The following year, she was chosen to attend The Chinese National Circus School in the capitol city of Beijing. While in Beijing she trained for eight hours a day until she was 16.
In 1984 her artistic cycling act won a gold medal at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France. She often teamed with her sister Liu Ying to create duo acts that were conceived by her coach and father Liu Gui Ting. In 1995 their duo hand balancing act was selected to perform at The Wu Qiao International Circus Festival where they were awarded “The Golden Lion” prize.
For many years, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia with The Liaoning Acrobatic Arts Troupe. She performed with Zirkus Knie in Switzerland, Circus Krone in Germany and with countless other touring shows in Italy, Holland, France, South Africa, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia.
She came to the United States in 2000 with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured all over the US for two years. She has been living in New York and working as a freelance performer since 2003. She is a regular on the NBA & WNBA half-time circuits and is also is a featured performer on Princess Cruise Lines. In September of 2010 Li appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.