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The Russian bar (or Russian barre) is a circus act which combines the gymnastic skills of the balance beam, the rebound tempo skills of trampoline and the swing handstands skills of the uneven bars and the parallel bars. The bar (or barre) itself is a flexible vaulting pole around 4 meters long, typically made of fibreglass. This genre was first created in 1978 by a Russian circus artist who brought his act to Prince Rainier's International Circus Festival of Monaco, winning the Gold Clown, the equivalent of an Oscar in the circus world.

Having appeared all over the world, the Russian Bar Allstars come to you most recently from Cirque du Soleil.