Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics

Artist: Li Liu
Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance
Grade Level: PreK-12
Scheduling Request

Witness astounding feats of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, manipulation of Chinese yo-yos and other traditional Chinese acrobatics. Students will get a glimpse of Chinese culture and learn phrases in Li Liu’s native Mandarin. In this interactive performance, several volunteers will be selected to attempt a few of the easier (and safer!) of the Chinese acrobatics on display. Students will learn the historical significance of traditional lion and dragon dances, as Li encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place, and what can be accomplished through disciplined training.

Note: Live virtual adaptation available for remote learning online. Outdoor performances also available.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Chinese Acrobatics and Traditional Dance, Culture and History, Mandarin Language

Remote Single (pre recorded, includes follow up Q+A): $725

Additional Remote Q+A Sessions, one per class: $70

Single: $895

Double: $1,520

Triple: $2,145

Travel fee: $100 per day

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.



One reserved parking space as close as possible to the performance area. 

Performance Space Requirements:

  • Performance should take place in a gymnasium, auditorium or cafeteria if possible.
  • Li Liu will need a minimum space of 15’ X 20’.
  • Floor should be as clean as possible (dry mopped).
  • Students should be seated on the floor and teachers should be seated in chairs on both sides. A center aisle is not needed. Please have 5 or 6 plastic cones available to designate where the front row will be.
  • All lights in the performance space should be at 100%.

Working outlet within 200 feet of performance space.

Arrival time before first performance: 60 minutes

Strike time: 20 Minutes

Time needed between performances: 10 Minutes

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

Li Liu travels from Connecticut and arrives 60 minutes before performance start time. Late morning or afternoon preferred. Her calendar ( is updated regularly with school and other professional performances.