The Big Apple Circus is back at Lincoln Center with a refreshing new rendition, and it’s the best one we’ve ever seen! It continues to be an annual family tradition for me and should be a must-see destination for families this holiday season.
Here’s a few highlights on why families should venture to the Big Apple Circus before it wraps up on Feb. 2, 2020:
1. Every seat a good seat at Big Apple Circus
Glancing at my children, with necks craned skyward in sheer wonder during acts of daring feats, strength and athletic precision is why the Big Apple Circus keeps us coming back every single year. (Gobbling popcorn and cotton candy has also become an integral part of the festivities.) The intimate, ringside seats are smack dab in the heart of the action so every attendee feels like they’re a part of the special performance. You don’t miss anything with every seat in the one-ring theater less than 50 feet from the thrilling acts. In fact, you can literally see beads of sweat on the performer’s faces, hear aerialists communicate signals during their routines, and gasp while the acrobats soar over your head. A magical experience for parents and kids alike!
2. Be mesmerized by the ‘Wheel of Death’
Our family agreed that this act alone was worth the price of admission. Twenty-three-year-old daredevil Jayson Dominguez climbs in, around and above the rotating human hamster wheel that propels him five stories up in the air. The audience cringes with fear and audibly gasps during this spectacle. Defying gravity and death, Dominguez leaps through the air — jumping, skipping rope and performing a somersault — during this “you have to see it to believe it” act. Many of us attend the circus to see astounding human feats and this act brought the house down.
3. Can a cat really do tricks?
You expect several animal acts when attending the circus. The most unusual, delightful, tug-on-your-heart moments occurred during the The Savitsky Cats act. These cat acrobats — “Acrocats” — climbed ladders, walked on their hind legs, and performed other dazzling feline tricks. Sure, they were heavily persuaded by the treats in their trainer’s hands, but our family was loving every minute of this new, unique troupe that was recently discovered on America’s Got Talent.
4. Aerial acrobatics
Watching bodies defy gravity and soar gracefully through the air on the trapeze is breathtaking. The challenging tricks on the flying trapeze are a feat of passion, grace and risk. The Aliev Troupe have raised the stakes in their high-flying act, by combining spectacular, aerial acrobatics with the artistry of the Russian Barre 20 feet above the audience. We were gawking up in the sky and on the edge of our seats with stunning flips, somersaults and dives.
5. Meet your favorite Big Apple Circus performers
The Big Apple Circus provides audience members opportunities to meet, greet and engage with the performers. After the show, fans had the chance to meet the performers, ask questions about their acts and pose for photos with them. We enjoyed meeting numerous cast members including daredevil Jayson Dominguez as well as new female ringmaster Storm Marrero.
The Big Apple Circus delivered on laughs, gasp-worthy acts and barrels of family fun. Our family loved it and will definitely be back again next year.
The Big Apple Circus will be at Lincoln Center through Feb. 2, 2020. To purchase tickets and learn more about the award-winning show, visit www.BigAppleCircus.com. (Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap).
DISCLOSURE: NYC Dads Group received complimentary family passes to attend the Big Apple Circus. The opinions and experiences expressed in this post are authentic and our own.