Inside the China National Acrobatic Troupe with star performer Di Hui

Ever wondered what it takes to be a top class acrobat? With a 2000+ year history, the art has been refined down to a tee.

Meet Di Hui, an award winning acrobat from Harbin. Now 28, she arrived in Beijing aged 11 to join the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Considered too old to be a top class acrobat, Di Hui had to train extra hard to make it to the stage.

Here, Di Hui shows us her training for two classic routines – one with plate spinning, the other with a diablo – and recalls her challenging journey to success. As well as training and performing, Di Hui also teaches the next generation of acrobats, some as young as 6.

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