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Cirque Dreams performers put on a colorful show at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. The Cirque Dreams troupe is touring military bases overseas starting in the Pacific and then in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Cirque Dreams performers put on a colorful show at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. The Cirque Dreams troupe is touring military bases overseas starting in the Pacific and then in Europe and the Mediterranean. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Cirque Dreams performers put on a colorful show at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. The Cirque Dreams troupe is touring military bases overseas starting in the Pacific and then in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Cirque Dreams performers put on a colorful show at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. The Cirque Dreams troupe is touring military bases overseas starting in the Pacific and then in Europe and the Mediterranean. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Colorful costumes and a bit of drama punctuated a performance by a Cirque Dreams troupe at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012.

Colorful costumes and a bit of drama punctuated a performance by a Cirque Dreams troupe at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A performer with Cirque Dreams shows off both her strength and flexibility during a show Jan. 21, 2012 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

A performer with Cirque Dreams shows off both her strength and flexibility during a show Jan. 21, 2012 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A couple of volunteers from the audience have a little fun on stage with the performers from Cirque Dreams during a performance Jan. 21, 2012 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

A couple of volunteers from the audience have a little fun on stage with the performers from Cirque Dreams during a performance Jan. 21, 2012 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

An agile and athletic performer with Cirque Dreams entertains residents at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 21, 2012.  The troupe is touring U.S. bases in the Pacific before heading to Europe to perform for U.S. servicemembers and their families there.

An agile and athletic performer with Cirque Dreams entertains residents at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 21, 2012. The troupe is touring U.S. bases in the Pacific before heading to Europe to perform for U.S. servicemembers and their families there. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A Cirque Dreams performer puts a new spin on the term "hoopster" during a performance at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012.

A Cirque Dreams performer puts a new spin on the term "hoopster" during a performance at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Crowds and even a Cirque Dreams performer, center left, seem to be enjoying the show at the Taiyo Community Center at Yokota Air Base on Jan. 12, 2012.

Crowds and even a Cirque Dreams performer, center left, seem to be enjoying the show at the Taiyo Community Center at Yokota Air Base on Jan. 12, 2012. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A wild and colorful balancing act wowed residents of Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a performance by a Cirque Dreams troupe on Jan. 12, 2012.

A wild and colorful balancing act wowed residents of Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a performance by a Cirque Dreams troupe on Jan. 12, 2012. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Performers from Cirque Dreams bid farewell as they receive raucous applause at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. The troupe is making the rounds of U.S. bases in the Pacific before beginning a tour of bases in Europe.

Performers from Cirque Dreams bid farewell as they receive raucous applause at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 12, 2012. The troupe is making the rounds of U.S. bases in the Pacific before beginning a tour of bases in Europe. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – About a dozen Cirque Dreams artists danced, tumbled and twisted their way into the hearts of hundreds of fans during two packed shows at Yokota’s Taiyo Community Center as part of a tour of military bases throughout the Pacific.

There were plenty of “ooh’s” and “ahs” by the audience as they watched an array of amazing performances by the troupe’s dancers, acrobats and contortionists.

“I really liked it,” said Kai Morgan, 10. “They do things some people can’t do.” Kai said he was surprised by some of the performers and scared for others as they pulled off their amazing feats.

Kai’s father, Russell, said he had seen many of these kinds of shows growing up in Las Vegas and wanted to share the experience with his family. He said he also was impressed with the show.

Molly Murcia, a performer from the Cirque Dreams production, said she is happy to have the opportunity to perform on the Armed Forces Entertainment tour for military members and their families serving overseas.

“I really enjoy coming to the bases,” Murcia said. “The audiences here are so gracious, and from the moment you step out on stage there is just this energy about the audience, and it just makes you want to give a better show because they are so excited to be there to watch it.

“You can definitely feel the difference between an audience here and a typical audience for shows we normally do.”

The tour will perform at other bases in Pacific and then move on to Europe and the Mediterranean.

Upcoming shows in the Pacific include:

• Saturday and Sunday at Yokosuka Naval Base’s Fleet Theater. Performance times for both days are 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

• Tuesday at Misawa Air Base’s Civic Center. Show starts at 7 p.m.

• Jan. 21 at Camp Foster’s Butler Theater on Okinawa. Shows begin at 4 and 8 p.m.

• Jan. 22, also Camp Foster’s Butler Theater. Show times, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

For more information on performances in Europe and the Mediterranean: armedforcesentertainment.com/cirquedreams.htm

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