HFVS Giveaway: (Tickets) Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Calvin Theater

Family Performance

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or
The Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
On Sunday, March 1st, 2009 @ 4pm

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA on March 1st, 2009

We are pleased to offer four free tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or performed live in Northampton, MA at the Calvin Theater on Sunday, March 1st, at 4 pm, courtesy of Iron Horse Entertainment. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, 02/25/09 @ 7pm (EST).  More details below.

The ancient art of Chinese Acrobatics is an old and long running tradition that began in China well over two thousand years ago. Over its long and rich history it has developed as one of the most popular art forms among the Chinese people.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.  The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form.


View the promo video below to get a sample of their performance, and click here to download a 20-page study guide put together by the University of California for teachers, parents and homeschooling families.


While many historical records provide evidence for the development of Chinese acrobatics as far back as the Xia Dynasty (4000 years ago), it is most commonly held that the art form did not become wildly popular until approximately 2,500 years ago when it began to capture the attention of the country’s powerful emperors.

During the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC) acrobatics in China began to evolve from the working lives of its people. Instruments of labor, such as tridents and wicker rings, and articles of daily use such as tables, chairs, jars, plates and bowls began to be used as performance props. This unorganized form of entertainment and leisure eventually evolved into a form of performance that became recognizable to the Chinese people.

During the Han Dynasty (221 BC – 220 AD) these rudimentary acts of acrobatics developed into the “Hundred Plays”. More contents and varieties were quick to develop. Musical accompaniment was soon added to the performance as interest in the art form grew among the emperors. During the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) the number of acrobats greatly increased as the skills of each individual performer slowly began to become much more precise and amazing.

Since these early times, acrobatics have evolved into many forms of performances including dance, opera, martial arts, and sports. However, the impact of Chinese acrobatics goes far beyond the boundaries of performance as it has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations including the United States. The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, as it portrays the hard working nature of their people and sets forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.


Your chance to win tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner(s) from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and post the results below.
  4. We have up to four free tickets to offer, so be sure to include how many tickets you would like to win.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  6. The winner will be contacted with details on how to retrieve tickets via email upon the close of the contest.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 02/25/09 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are available here.


  1. February 27, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Congratulations to Laine Romero-Alston of Northampton, MA on winning a set of 4 tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA this Sunday, March 1st, 2009 @ 4pm.


  2. Renee Cote said,

    February 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    This looks fantastic. We are new to town and would love to experience this show as well as the venue. We are a family of 4 and we would love to have the opportunity to go. 4 tickets would be great! We live in Easthampton, MA


  3. Lary Zelazo said,

    February 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Have always wanted to see this show, but something always came up, where I had to miss out. Would love to win & attend.Could use 4 tickets.


  4. February 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

    my daughter fully believes she is ready to be a world-class acrobat. we would LOVE this show! 4 would be just the perfect amount of tix for us Greenfielders:)


  5. February 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Love to win for 3!
    Thanks for the awesome preview!!!


  6. Melissa said,

    February 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Williamsburg MA.
    What a great way to spend a Sun afternoon with the family! Would love to win 4 tickets! Thanks for the opportunity!


  7. ms forest said,

    February 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

    watching this video is awesome! Seeing it live with a friend would be even more
    awesome! I live in Northampton, MA and would use 2 tickets.


  8. Lise Sheehan said,

    February 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi, I heard about the giveaway on the radio. I live in Amherst Mass. I would love to be able to take my three grandchildren to see the Chinese acrobats. I love the hilltowns, I used to vacation at Ashfield lake as a child. Those few weeks a year with relatives are my most fondest memories in my whole life. I believe there is a special energy in the hilltowns. It drew me to western mass, although I have never been able to actually move that far out yet. I still hope to someday. It is so different now. Ashfield has changed a lot. So, thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest. I am interested especially in Chinese culture. I just began attending acupuncture school.


  9. Jennifer West said,

    February 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    What fun! This is a great web site, too. -Jennifer West
    Shelburne Falls, MA


  10. Annette said,

    February 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

    What a wonderful experience to share with our 2 children!! We would absolutely love to go. (we would need 4 tickets for our family.)Westfield, MA.


  11. James Neeley said,

    February 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    good luck everyone ,we’d love to go and would take 4 tickets.
    shelburne, ma


  12. Lori Peters said,

    February 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    We LOVE the circus in Goshen, MA and would use 2 adult tix and a 2yr old.


  13. Charles Uchu said,

    February 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Our almost five year old says he wants to “go in the circles”! We’re a family of four.

    Great to hear of this Hilltown Families site for the first time because of this.

    Greenfield, MA


  14. Kristen George said,

    February 13, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Not only would we love to take the kids to this amazing show . . . but i really want to go too! What fun!


  15. Kathleen Rhine said,

    February 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Great idea — thanks for offering these tickets. We’re in Chesterfield, MA.


  16. tonya said,

    February 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I’d love to take Zoe to this show…..I’d also take you and persephone!!


  17. April Horton said,

    February 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

    We are in Greenfield, MA. We would love to win tix! =)


  18. Jess Kuttner said,

    February 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Sienna! Three tickets for our family in Ashfield, MA would be fantastic.


  19. Christy Winslow said,

    February 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Wow! What a great show! Kai & I would love the opportunity to see this! Thanks Sienna…

    Williamsburg, MA


  20. February 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    We’d love to win four tickets! We’re in Florence, MA.


  21. Caila Chase said,

    February 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Hi, just gave birth to our first baby boy! We would love a date night! :) 4 tickets would be wonderful!! The Chase Family, Hatfield, MA.


  22. Laine Romero-Alston said,

    February 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Would love 4 tickets to fall from the sky for my kids! Thanks for organizing!
    Laine Romero-Alston
    Northampton, MA


  23. Kim P said,

    February 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

    We’d love 4 tickets to this fantastic show. We are in Easthampton MA. This is the best site to find out “what’s happening!” Thank you


  24. Rory said,

    February 7, 2009 at 7:55 am

    4 in the family and we would all love to see this show!


  25. Marla BB said,

    February 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Hi, we live in W.Chesterfield, MA & we love the Hilltown Families website!
    We also would love 3 tickets (maybe 4) to this event…
    Thanx, Marla


  26. Lisa MacCullough said,

    February 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    hi- would love two tickets for myself and daughter. Thanks!


  27. Sandra Dias said,

    February 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    You have a great Web site and I check it often for things to do in the area with my family. We would love to win four tickets to this show. Thanks!

    Holyoke, MA


  28. Wilson Molano said,

    February 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I would love to take my 2 kids and wife to this show. I live in Florence, MA.

    Thanks for this wonderful site.


  29. Alexa Flanders said,

    February 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Conway, MA

    Looks like a great time. We would love to win 3 tickets to take our 4 year old daughter to the show.


  30. Ruth von Goeler said,

    February 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    What a neat looking show…we love this kind of thing. We would love to enter the lottery for 4 tickets. Thanks!

    Ruth in Northampton, MA


  31. Liz Jacobson-Carroll said,

    February 6, 2009 at 9:53 am

    What a wonderful show — and HTF web site!
    Buckland, MA


  32. Geraldine Unger said,

    February 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I just want to thank you for this amazing resource. Every week I rely on you for what’s going on in the valley and for special things to do with my kids. I feel a part of something very special with Hilltown Families.
    Geraldine, mom of Sarah, 4 and Sam, 3 – We live in Conway
    4 tickets would be great, but 2 would work as well


  33. Emmy Howard said,

    February 6, 2009 at 8:20 am

    We are 4, in Plainfield MA. I’m glad to hear of this show–Hope to go in any case!


  34. Jessica Biggie said,

    February 5, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Love your website, your ideas, your philosophy! If only I had time to do all the things you write about.

    Thanks for your brilliance and inspiration,


    Montague, MA


  35. Laurie Brousasrd said,

    February 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    The Broussard Family of Four of Greenfield, MA would love those tickets. Thanks! :-)


  36. Dan Kirsch said,

    February 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Looks like a great show. Our family would feel very fortunate to win 4 tickets. Thank you.


  37. February 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Sienna looks great. the 4 of us would love to go. We’re in Ashfield Thanks


  38. Chrisoula Roumeliotis said,

    February 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    What a great give-away. We would use 4 tickets. We’re in Worthington, MA.

    Thank you.


  39. Leslie Charles said,

    February 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    yes, please, Sienna! Thanks for putting this together:
    4 tickets. I live in Chesterfield (downtown).


  40. Felice Wolfzahn said,

    February 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    My daughter is an avid hulahooper and dancer and we would be so appreciative of tickets. We would love 4 tiks if possible. If not 2 would work as well.

    Shelburne Falls, MA


  41. david milgrim said,

    February 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    northampton, ma. would use 3 or 4 tickets.



  42. Tamara Lyn said,

    February 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    My family of 4 in Petersham, Mass, would love to go. Amazing stuff without the abuse of animals!


  43. Miranda Shannon said,

    February 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Would love to have the opportunity to win 4 tickets for my children! Thanks for the chance.

    Florence, MA


  44. J. Zarvis said,

    February 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Easthampton, MA. Would love to win 4 tickets to see the show!


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