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UniverSoul Circus Returns to D.C

4/1/2013, 12:23 p.m.

Performances June 5-9 at RFK Stadium

The UniverSoul Circus, known for its a unique and interactive shows filled with juggling, acrobats, dancing and many genres of music, returns to the District in the coming weeks to participate in the 151st anniversary of D.C.'s Emancipation Proclamation Day and to present several performances.

The Emancipation Proclamation celebration takes place April 16, and the circus performances will be held June 5-9 at RFK Stadium in Northeast. The Emancipation Proclamation event celebrates President Lincoln's signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act which freed 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia.

"We're especially glad to have the UniverSoul Circus joining us for our holiday," said At-Large Councilman Vincent Orange, who helped facilitate both of the circus' appearances. "It really shows how much they recognize and appreciate such a special and important day for this city."

Orange was assisted by Greg O'Dell, Events DC president and CEO, and Erik Moses, managing director of Sports & Entertainment in bringing the circus to the District.

"When Ms. R. Amari Ballard approached me about the circus coming to DC, I was excited," Orange said. "I called Greg and Erik immediately to facilitate a deal. It's my understanding that a three-year deal has been executed."

Tickets are now on sale for the DC shows which run from June 5 to June 9. The five shows will take place at RFK Stadium and are sure to be a popular draw.

The UniverSoul Circus was founded in 1994 in Atlanta, Georgia, and has toured throughout the world. The circus, which features an eclectic mix of talents from around the world including West African horsemen, Trinidad and Tobago, is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour.

Information regarding UniverSoul Circus shows and tour dates can be found at their website, http://www.universoulcircus.com/.