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Coogs tumble for acrobatic feats


Members of the Zuzu African Acrobats leaped and jumped their way through a three-hour set of acrobatic feats on Tuesday. Some members of the group had previously been seen auditioning for the reality TV program, “America’s Got Talent.” | Chris Luong /The Daily Cougar

Members of the Zuzu African Acrobats leaped and jumped their way through a three-hour set of acrobatic feats on Tuesday. Some members of the group had previously been seen auditioning for the reality TV program, “America’s Got Talent.” | Chris Luong /The Daily Cougar

The leaps, movements and skills of the Zuzu African Acrobats wowed a UH crowd that was eager to get on-stage once volunteers were called for.

The acrobats performed Tuesday at the University Center’s Houston Room in an event organized by UH’s Council of Ethnic Organizations.

The crowd cheered in amazement after the group performed its first stunt of balancing on each other.

The adventure continued as they balanced on objects, tumbled over and through hoops, formed structures and jumped rope as only acrobats can — with many flips and twirls.

Performing these acts in front of cheering audiences is nothing new for the group. Three members of Zuzu auditioned for last year’s “America’s Got Talent” as part of the group Zuma Zuma.

Business senior Jamy Abraham was very pleased with the CEO-produced event.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about CEO, and I wanted to come out and support and see what the act was about,” Abraham said.

Abraham saw the acrobats’ TV audition last year.

“I loved the performance. I saw them on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ so for (CEO) to bring in an act like this was so cool.”

This was the first time CEO booked acrobats.

The event was in honor of African American Heritage month and the group decided to spice things up and make things fun.

“We thought it would be an awesome event to do during this month,” director of CEO Sieda Omar said.

“We wanted to step outside of the box and do an event that fell under African American Heritage, but one that was also the kind of program you don’t always hear about,” Omar said.

Posters were placed around campus, and CEO marketed the event on Facebook as an alternative effort for promotion.

“We are extremely happy with the crowd that came out and were happy with the volunteers that went up on stage with the acrobats and did activities,” Omar said.

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