Wally Eastwood, Host of V The Ultimate Variety Show may be a master of the juggling arts, but I bet you didn’t know the long and exciting history behind the famous circus act! Long before John Bill Ricketts brought the first English circus to America, finding a master juggler was pretty rare. While the skill has been vaunted throughout history, juggling has a martial past you might not expect…
Ancient China was in fact the home to histories first jugglers, although the use of the ball in juggling wasn’t adapted until centuries later. The technique was often adopted by skilled warriors, who by juggling swords were rumored to make entire armies flee before their skill. One famous ancient Chinese juggling warrior was named Xiong Yiliao and Yiliao is famous for being the first to master the art of nongwan, which means the art of “throwing objects in the air.” Ancient Chinese annals have Yiliao cited as the very first master juggler to have his name recorded. The annals also tell the tale of Yiliao’s rise to historical prominence, in the year 603-bc, Yiliao marched with the armies of Chu on their way to battle the forces of the kingdom of Shu, when both armies met on the field it is said Yiliao proceeded to stand between the armies, juggling 9 objects that were rumored to be crude balls and causing the entire opposing army to flee in fear of Yiliao having attained some divine gift.
This effectively ended the war between the kingdoms of Chu and Song, Ushering in a short lived era of peace, all thanks to a little juggling! By medieval times in western Europe, Juggling was frowned upon by the religious establishments of the time, calling them “Glee Men,” priests often warned these entertainers had base morals and even in some extreme cases, were practitioners of witchcraft! But entertainers still lived on and thrived regardless of the religious animosity, they would continue to perform humorous pieces on the troubles of the times for decades and centuries to come. Through jokes, wild antics and the skill of juggling, these entertainers often lifted audiences in markets, alleyways and local pubs. While kings would employ jesters who would often juggle, they would also perform aerialist acts and perform humorous or sentimental poetry all in combination, essentially setting the stage for the first medieval circus acts!
In 1528, while little was still know about the unexplored sections of North America, a man named Christoph Weiditz drew pictures showing native Mexicans Toss juggling. His depictions also showcased how similar entertainment had evolved an entire ocean away, explaining how even the ancient Aztecs had those among them skilled in juggling. Less than one hundred years later the very first organized Juggling workshop was put together in Germany, The town of Nuremburg in an unprecedented move hired what they call a “Ball Master” to teach and train anybody who wished to learn the juggling arts. This would mark the first time not only a political institution recognized Juggling, but that the act had caught enough attention to warrant it’s very own school!
The juggling school in Nuremburg would spark a wildfire of interest in circus arts that spread across Europe until 1768 when legend Philip Astley would put together the first version of what we know today as the circus! While Astley himself was an experienced trick rider, his performances around England would elevate him to a level of wealth and fame that allowed him to add some novelty to his famous act. He hired a troupe of Jugglers, clowns and other skilled performers to build audiences up before grand-standing his equestrian abilities. While different acts and artists had guilds that trained and represented performers across the European continent, this marked the very first time all of the professions were put together and made into one single show. Needless to say, Audiences received the new circus with disbelief and the festivities would soon be forever immortalized in the heart of western society. Nowadays Modern Vaudevillians have mastered the art of working together, making Variety Shows one of the most unique and traditional forms of entertainment in the world!
In Las Vegas, Wally Eastwood is host to the cities most exciting show to date, V The Ultimate Variety Show! In this instant classic you can witness some of the most talented performers in Vegas put on a show you won’t ever forget! Featuring the Skating Aratas, Music by Mo5aic (Mosaic), comedy by the Gauchos and so much more, you definitely won’t want to miss what critics have hailed as the best Variety Show in Vegas! Get your tickets to V – The Ultimate Variety Show today!
Los Angeles born Tap-dancing Twins, Sean & John have revolutionized the traditional Tap Dance as we know it. The twins have made their mark on Las Vegas with their unique blending of fast paced routines and hip hop to create a new phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation! Having trained with a world renowned tap master since the age s of 6, there is no short list of huge names this duo have clicked on stage with. Alfred Desio served as the boys mentor, a Broadway veteran and innovator, Desio was well known for his new form of electronically enhanced tap dancing called “Tap-Tronics” and helped give the twins a sense of show business to come.
Born and raised in Los Angeles CA, the twins emerged from the Colburn School of Performing Arts ready to take on the world with their electrifying interpretation of the classic dance form. Adding a punch to their routine and having an attitude new to the world of “Tapping”, Sean and John stood out more than most. They may be physically identical, but when these guys dance they each provide an individual style that helps to create one of the most unique dancing duo’s in America. Since they were young the twins have had a chemistry on stage that has led them to some pretty electrifying performances, and they didn’t go unnoticed! With no shortage of buzz, they managed to make appearances on NBC’s American Dreams, The Tonight Show, and 30 Seconds to Fame. They were even invited to the MTV Music Awards to perform alongside Christina Aguilera and Hip Hop mogul Nelly, thank to their multi-faceted approach to tap dancing they can work within the frame of a number of different musical genres.
Going on, the twins were eventually noticed by the likes of Prince, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Beyonce Knowles. Humble, light hearted and extremely precise, Sean and John are beloved across the country for their infectious positive attitude and high level of skill. Featured on Disney and Nickelodeon and performing with Beyonce on her famous “I Am Tour” has showed these guys have something special on their hands, or in their feet for that matter! But the guys also perform not for just celebrities, but charity as well. Schools, Churches and fundraisers all over America have been visited by the Twin sensations while they shake up and redefine the traditional image of tap dancers. Now as they evolve their career and skills Sean and John got a taste of producing when they masterminded the famous R&B singer Ushers’ highly acclaimed “Movie Rocks Awards” Crazy right? So now as these twins continue to blow your mind on stage and off, keep an eye out as the very soul of Tap Dancing is recaptured with the twins embarking on a mission to create new symphonies paired with the mastery of their “Sole” sound!
So come and check out the best Variety show in Vegas where you can see Sean and John Scott’s “Sole Sounds” up close and personal! Get your tickets to V-The Ultimate Variety Show Only at the famous V Theater today!
Las Vegas has a long history of hosting some of the nation’s most beloved acts that often remain forever unforgotten. Riding the wave of newly emerging entertainment ushered in throughout the 80’s, the variety show as America knew it was going through a shift towards more culturally unique acts that showcased often unexplored talents and traditions. Many of the acts that made it big are still to this day revered and some are even still hard at work putting on shows week after week. One of those acts is none other than the “Los Latin Cowboys”, or now known as “The Crazy Gauchos.” Founded at the end of 1984 by producer Jorge Dipaola, Eduardo Lomé and Hugo Latorredemonstrate a long forgotten tradition coined by South American Cowboys hundreds of years ago.
In this unique and veteran act, Hugo and Eduardo present audiences with a modern form of old “Gaucho” comedy adding a modern spin to an already unique atmosphere. In this intricate and yet hilarious routine, Hugo and Eduardo will introduce you to one of the most prominent pass-times of the old South American Cowboy Culture. Using fast paced and complicated footwork all correlated to the unique beat of the Bombo Drum. You will be clapping along and laughing away as these two will shock you with some innocent yet “in your face” stand-up comedy.
The Point of the dance is for the Gaucho to take the “Boleadoras” made of two ropes with stones attached at the ends (Plastic balls are used for the act), and to swing them wide and in sync with the other Gaucho who is playing the Bombo Drum. Now while his partner bangs away at the Bombo, the Gaucho with the Bolo engages in what is called a “Zapateo” dance, which is a traditional South American tap-dance. In the old days past the Zapateo was used as a form of competition between the descendants of the “Conquistadores.” One man would perform the opening move, add his own methodical piece to the dance and end with a slide of the foot and a pose, to which the competing Gaucho copies the dance with the move, adds his own piece to the dance and ends with a slide of the foot and a pose. In this way many Gauchos competed to be “More” of a gentleman than the other, usually with a chance to court women at the end as the grand prize.
But in this particular act, the Gaucho with the Bolo uses his dancing to direct the beat of the partner on the Bombo Drum. By the Swing of the Bolo the drumbeat is coordinated and all variations in the beat are as well controlled by the tapping of the dancing Bolo’s feet creating a song that could change on the drop of a hat! You see the Bolo was originally developed as a hunting tool, and the cowboys that used them would partake in long-winded hunts that could last weeks. With little to no entertainment out in the wilderness the Gauchos needed something to pass the time, and there you have the traditional Zapateo!
So don’t miss out on your chance to see this one of a kind and historical tradition performed by two of Las Vegas’ longest running performers, live only at “V-The Ultimate Variety Show” today!
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