The National Danish Performance Team, the internationally renowned display gymnastics team dedicated to promoting health and happiness among youth, is bringing its world tour to metro Atlanta.
Workshops and clinics will take place at local schools and other venues around the city, with a public gala performance March 5 at 7 p.m. at Oglethorpe University’s Dorough Field House, 4484 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven.
Guests will experience a dazzling and breathtaking display of modern rhythmic gymnastics, dance, artistic vaulting, tumbling, trampoline and high-energy acrobatics – and the opportunity to meet the young athletes. Colorful costumes, an artistry of music and dynamic routines varying from energetic and fast-paced to humorous, classical and graceful will leave guests inspired.
This year’s theme, “Namuh,” which is “human” spelled backwards, was inspired by the need for life, group dynamics and finding happiness through balancing an individual’s freedom, identity, and the group requirements, norms and safety. Namuh fosters social and physical development, participation, communication, motivation, cognitive development, experimentation and collaboration around the world.
“Having served as teachers in local sports clubs and schools, and now performing in Namuh, these young men and women are living the ultimate example of our mission to ‘Move the World’ through exercise, cheerfulness and understanding in the world,” team manager Lars Houbak said in a news release.
In 2018, the team’s homeland of Denmark ranked among the top-three happiest countries in the world
out of 156 countries surveyed – a distinction Denmark has held for seven consecutive years.
“These athletes grew up pouring their hearts into a culture of happiness without borders, and it shines through every facet of their work,” team coordinator Gitte Hagensen said in a news release.
The team originates from an 80-year tradition of national gymnastics tour teams, including attendance by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The first team started their world tour in 1994. Since then, at least two million people in more than 60 countries have watched the show. The U.S. is the final stop on the team’s world tour, with earlier visits to the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Since the tour began in September, the team has held more than 100 workshops with well over 13,000 participants.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youths 12 to 18 and senior citizens over 62 and free for children under 12 and college students with valid ID. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2BQCH5r.