Troupe of Chinese youngsters will visit FHSU to demonstrate skills in martial arts, acrobatics

Fort Hays State University's partnership with universities in mainland China will create a rare opportunity for the local community when a group of Chinese youngsters visits Hays to demonstrate their incredible skills in acrobatics and the martial arts.

The Henan Province Children's Martial Arts and Acrobatic Troupe will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center for a bonus performance in the university's annual Encore Series.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Student Service Center across from the bookstore on the first floor of FHSU's Memorial Union. Reserved seats are $6 and unreserved seats are $4.

The performance was a late addition to the university's Encore Series, but everyone who purchased an Encore season ticket by Monday, Sept. 13, also received a ticket for the Henan Province Children's Martial Arts and Acrobatic Troupe performance.

FHSU has enjoyed a partnership with SIAS University in Xinzheng, Henan Province, China, for five years. Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, and Cindy Elliott, assistant provost for strategic partnerships, worked with Shawn Chen, the founder of SIAS University, to bring the young Chinese performers to Hays during their tour of America.

This is a rare opportunity to experience a vivid and authentic display of life from the other side of the world. Henan Province is home to the Shaolin Temple, which is one of the world's most notable shrines to the martial arts and the present-day site of China's premiere martial arts schools.
Pronunciations: Xinzheng [SHIN jung]; Henan [HOO non]

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