Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: DRAGONS Review

Lions, Tigers, and……DRAGONS?!?! Oh my! Or rather Oh boy!! This morning we went to watch the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: DRAGONS performance. After the All-Access Pre-Show {which I’ll tell you about a little later}, the show was started by an amazingly talented, and hilarious Ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson. Iverson was the first African American and the youngest Ringmaster in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® starting his career with them in 1999. In his first year he was named one of the ten most fascinating people of the year by Barbara Walters. Not surprisingly so, his voice and personality was a huge gift to the entire performance.

Here’s a peek at some of the amazing talent we were able to enjoy and revel at:

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus Review

We were in awe at the Cossacks, who rode beautiful horses, and performed tricks that we normally only see done on gymnastics equipment. We even saw one of the troupe members go from riding the horse as usual to under and back over the horse in a 360 circle while the horse was running.

One small thing that could be an issue for parents about this specific performance is that one of the riders pretended to fall off his horse and was dragged around the ring, {I told Miss A at the time, and before the performance that everything was practiced regularly and that it was unlikely that anyone would be harmed at the circus.}

As a parent, I think it’s important to open up communication lines between the kids who will be attending the show, {especially younger ones} to let them know there will be dangerous feats involved so they a.)don’t think anyone is in real danger, and b.) so they don’t try to imitate the acts at home.

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS

Each and ever section of acrobatics performed, whether it was the Hair Hang Heroines, Russian Bar Renegades, Teeterboard Titans, were skilled and amazingly talented. We got to see graceful moves as acrobats performed in the air inside see-through globes which was so impressive, and when one of the Teeterboard Titans landed in a chair perched atop a one-story {I’m guessing} pole, my jaw dropped. The clowns were great for laughs and transitions to different acts, but also to lighten the mood of the room after some pretty intense performances.

We were cheering loudly for the Torres Family who conquered the Globe of Steel, with 8 members of their family riding motorcycles inside the globe, it was one of the coolest things I have seen to date, no joke! The crowd was engaged by the Shaolin Warriors, and were laughing, clapping, and nervous {all at the same time} when Alexander Lacey performed with his big cats, including one male lion, 4 female lions, and 4 tigers, all beautiful animals.

Speaking of animals, we enjoyed being able to see the big cats, as well as domestic cats and dogs perform. It was nice to see the performers “lovin’ on” {as they say here in the South} their animals, I saw frequent pats, rubs, and even some kisses going on throughout the show, as well as animal care attendants {I don’t know their exact titles} watching and standing by for the animals, just as they do for the human performers.

It was neat to see the tone of the crowd change when the Asian elephants made their way into the circus ring. Each and every child, and most parents were, “ooohing” and “ahhhing” at these amazing creatures. It was an honor to be able to see these beautiful animals closer than you would at the zoo, and also see a little bit more of their personality as they performed standing, held each other’s tails, and one elephant even stood on his front legs and trunk.

Miss A’s favorite part, very surprisingly to me, were the dragons featured throughout the show and the end dragon who appeared in a cloud of smoke and blew green fire out his mouth. I thought the dragons would be scarier from the commercials, however I think Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey did a great job of making that part of the show kid-friendly.

Overall this was an amazing show, and I would write a million more things if I could. The show was a great pace, well worth the money, and definitely a show that Miss A and other families that attended will savor memories from. We also were able to enjoy pre-show activities that were offered:

Ringling Bros. Presents: DRAGONS opens an hour before each performance for the All-Access Pre-Show, an interactive experience free with ticket purchase. Families can participate in activities such as learning juggling and balancing skills, getting performer autographs, seeing one of Ringling Bros. majestic Asian elephants paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meeting the Ringling Bros.Clowns, whose side-splitting spoofs, absurd antics and comical parody are guaranteed to keep audiences roaring with laughter.  

All-Access PreShow Circus

If you’re looking for an amazing show, with talented performers {both with and without fur}, look no further, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: DRAGONS will be in the North Carolina/South Carolina area through the rest of this weekend and then continue on their tour in other cities, maybe to an area near you if don’t live in one of the mentioned areas.

Tickets for all local performances of Ringling Bros. Presents DRAGONS are available at the Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office, at www.ticketmaster.com, at www.ringling.com, and by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, tickets for shows in other cities, and for special offers and group ticket purchasing, visit www.ringling.com. Be sure to also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube also.

MommyBKnowsBest.com Reviews Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS



I received complimentary tickets in order to provide a review for this show. All opinions, and thoughts expressed in this post are my honest experiences, yours may vary. 

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