1Geriatric Japanese cheerleading team
Japan Pom Pom is a cheerleading squad consisting entirely of elderly Japanese women. These ladies are all over 55 — and their average age is 70 — yet they still dance and cheer with the enthusiasm of teenagers (okay, minus the backflips). The team was founded by Fumie Tanako 20 years ago (she was 64 at the time) and inspired by American cheer squads.
2“Weird Al” Inspired Burlesque Troupe
Tight and Nerdy is not your ordinary burlesque troupe. Instead of worshipping Dita Von Teese or Bettie Page, they are inspired by… Weird Al Yankovic? That's right, these male and female performers strip and do sketches around songs by the accordion-playing jokester known for such parodies as “Another One Rides the Bus” and “Eat It.” Okayyy whatever turns you on…!
3The weirdest dance troupe you will EVER see
Compagnie Marie Chouinard is an internationally renowned dance troupe, but to the unhip they might just seem insane. I mean, a guy is wearing a jockstrap with a black tutu on his head playing a cane like a flute! A lad who goes by the name @followthechosengeek uploaded it to Youtube and labeled it “Weirdest Video You Will EVER See." It now has almost 7 million views.
41,007 breakdancing robots
Here's an inspiring (or perhaps scary) non-human troupe: dancing robots! A Chinese company named Ever Win was presented with the Guinness World Record for Most Robots Dancing Simultaneously, with 1,007 of them moving in perfect unison at the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China. Watch:
5Circus troupe with disabled performers
Cirque Bijou is a troupe that integrates performers with disabilities into their shows. This is done to celebrate their unique abilities instead of poke fun. They have a show called Extraordinary Bodies that has disabled and non-disabled acrobats performing together in a “joyful exploration of equilibrium and balance.”
6Comedy troupe of autistic men
Asperger's Are Us claims to be the world's first comedy troupe comprised of openly autistic people. With influences ranging from Monty Python's Flying Circus to performance artist Vermin Supreme, AAU says they're not trying to poke fun of individuals with autism. “We're absurd,” says their Facebook page.
7Clowns Without Borders
Clowns Without Borders is an international organization founded in 1993 by a Spanish clown named Tortell Poltrona. Using laughter to help heal and recover from trauma, CWB has troupes that travel around the world to refugee camps, with a mission of bringing smiles and a sense of hope wherever they go.
8Theatre troupe of performers with disabilities
The Phamily Theatre Company is a Dever-based troupe whose mission is to inspire people to re-envision disability through professional thea?tre. They are comprised of performers with physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities. The Phamily produces musicals such as Guys and Dolls as well as more serious fare like The Elephant Man, pictured above.