ATLANTA, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Danish Performance Team, the internationally renowned performance gymnastics team dedicated to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle among youth, is on their world tour and will perform a free show in Atlanta, GA on Feb. 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Pace Academy, Inman Center Gymnasium at 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd. This is an encore to the Athens, GA show on Feb. 21.
Guests will experience a display of the best in Danish gymnastics including innovative rhythmic gymnastics, dance, creative acrobatics, and high-speed trampoline and tumbling – and will have the opportunity to meet the athletes following the performance. During their tour, the team will also run interactive workshops at several local schools on healthy living.
Sponsored by Dante Stephensen (former owner of Dante's Down The Hatch), ENERVEX, Inc. and the Scandinavian Festival, this tour is themed 'IMANI,' which is a Swahili word meaning 'trust' or 'faith.' For the 28 highly skilled young athletes who were selected from all over Denmark to travel the world at their own expense, this is a true living example of IMANI's core value – to believe in something or someone. IMANI ignites this value through the expression of the human body around several key themes including:
- Self-doubt, hierarchy and heartbreak
- Falling in love
- Finding a place to belong in the community
"For these 28 gymnasts, joining the team has been a lifelong dream," said Gitte Hagensen, DGI event chairperson.
Seven of the gymnasts have just graduated high school, several worked as gymnastic teachers before joining the team, and many are taking a break from their studies in such different fields as law, political science, chiropractic and English.
The U.S. is the seventh leg of the NDPT's six-month tour around the world. The tour began in September and since then tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the team in Denmark, Germany, Tanzania, Australia, Indonesia, China and Mexico.
"Our mission is to move the world and through shows and workshops to inspire others to lead a healthy and active life," said NDPT Press Officer Josias Juliussen. "Sport is for all, sport is fun and sport is for life."
About the NDPT
The NDPT is a non-profit group of 28 Danish men and women Ages 19 to 28 selected by DGI to travel the world and perform high-level gymnastics, tumbling, dance and acrobatics. They are not paid for their travel. They are living out their dream to encourage a healthier, more active lifestyle among young people through creative and highly skilled movement.
Traveling along with the gymnasts for IMANI is a team of five leaders: Ms. Lene Bruun (Team Manager), Nikolaj Refshauge Kristiansen (Choreographer), Ms. Signe Tofting Schaarup (Choreographer), Mr. Josias Juliussen (Press Officer) and Mr. Henning Engberg (Trainer). They will also perform in Athens, GA during this visit.
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