SOUTH BRONX — Backflipping dogs and dancing elephants are coming to town.
The UniverSoul Circus is about to begin its tour through New York City and Newark, kicking things off by setting up shop in the South Bronx from March 30 through April 10 at 50 E. 150th St., across from the Bronx Terminal Market.
Visitors can see performances from several different countries at the show, including an Ethiopian pole act, a dance and limbo routine from Trinidad and Tobago and a group of dancing and backflipping canines known as the Olate Dogs, who won season seven of America's Got Talent.
"UniverSoul celebrates cultures from around the world and brings them together under the big top,” founder and CEO Cedric Walker said in a statement.
“At this time in our history we need to come together, to embrace and learn from each other."
This year's ringmaster will be 27-year-old Lucky Malatsi from South Africa, who has previously worked as an acrobat, a trapeze artist, a contortionist and a trampoline artist.
He described UniverSoul Circus as "the most interactive circus in the world."
"You’re not just going to sit there and watch the show," he said. "You’re going to become the star in the show. You are the main star in the show."
After finishing up in The Bronx, the circus will head to 3159 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn from April 12 to April 24, Roy Wilkins Park in Queens from April 27 to May 15 and 430 Broad St. in Newark from May 18 to May 30.
Ticket prices for the show range from $16 to $40 and can be purchased online.
Malatsi said he loves performing for New York audiences because they have such high expectations for entertainment, which makes putting on shows in the city a fun challenge.
"If they get up and enjoy themselves, I know that we’re doing a great job," he said.