Friday, September 5, 2008

Do It in Detroit: UniverSoul Circus

There's a circus in town this week; no not that one, a real circus, the only African-American owned and produced single-ring circus in the world. The UniverSoul Circus is making its annual appearance in Detroit at Chene Park from September 3 through September 14 2008.

The multi-racial, multi-national UniverSoul Circus began in 1994, as a vision by the founder, Cedric Walker, to explore and present another set of the talents of black performers and entertainers. Walker has been a music producer, entrepreneur and totally self-financed the first year of the Circus. Here are some facts about the UniverSoul Circus as of 2007:

Corporate Headquarters
Founder and CEO
Cedric Walker
Vice President
Paula Murphy
Vice President
Cynthia Walker
Vice President
Jackie Davis
Years in Business
Number of Performers
Number of Acts

Tony Tone, Zeke, the Ringmaster's Sidekick

Type of Acts
Trapeze, Motorcycle Daredevils, Break Dancing, Acrobats, Bicycle
Daredevils, Magical Illusions, Dogs, Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Stilt
Walkers, Caribbean Limbo Dancers, and more.
Performer Home Countries
USA, Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, China, Cuba, Russia, Brazil
Performer Home Towns

Cocoa Nut Grove, FL., Chicago, Memphis, Cleveland, New York City,
Detroit, San Francisco, Atlanta, Topeka, New York City, Brooklyn, New
Elephants (Mindy, Lucy, Cindy), Tigers, and Dogs
Show Dates
219 (February to November)

Tickets for the Circus are available at the Chene Park Box Office or online.

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