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Lipizzaner ballet

World Famous Royal Lipizzaner Stallions, the elite of the equestrian world, prance into Huntsville's Von Braun Center for two performances Jan. 14. The 36th anniversary tour features leaps and maneuvers known as "airs above the ground" and ballet-like routines set to Spanish music and Big Band sounds of the Swing era.

The horses are descendants of those that came from Arabia and the Orient carrying the armies of Genghis Khan out of Asia and desert tribes across the Sahara. Future breeds became almost exclusively the property of nobility and military aristocracy in Europe. Stallions were trained for battle.

Gen. George Patton is credited with saving them from extinction at the end of World War II. He led a rescue mission of the horses, which were being held at German Remount Depot at Hostau, and allied prisoners who cared for them.

Showtimes are at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets, available by calling (800) 277-1700 or visiting www.ticketsmaster.com, are $19.50-$27.50.

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