The Incredible Acrobats of China formed in 1984 and began touring the world.
These acrobats are so talented, and I really wanted to take what they do up another notch,'' he said.
It entails five interlocking hoops, stacked more than 6 feet high, through which the acrobats dive.
The Cirque is touring eight shows at the moment, but ``Dralion'' is unique for its emphasis on Chinese acrobatics (there are 35 Chinese acrobats in the troupe) and Chinese circus elements.
Cirque owner) Guy (LaLiberte) and the other owner had been working with Chinese acrobats,'' said Galarneau.
It is difficult to get a small number of acrobats out of China,'' said Galarneau, but 35 was a ``big problem.
By now, tens of thousands of Southern Californians are as familiar with Cirque's signature mix of acrobats, clowns, contortionists and aerial artists as they are with Mickey and Goofy.
But its centerpiece is a muscular troupe of 35 elite acrobats from the People's Republic of China, nearly half of them children.
Yan is one of a troupe of seven Chinese acrobats from Beijing who are amazing and delighting audiences on the Community Stage of the Los Angeles County Fair.
The show culminates with group somersaults and a display of strength, as Yan holds three acrobats aloft.