I love the idea of taking a vacation to learn about something. But sometimes a cultural tour or a museum just isn’t what I have in mind. Sometimes, I just want to, I don’t know, float through the air with the greatest of ease. Yes, I want to be the daring young man on the flying trapeze. And now you can, too:
- The Toronto School of Circus Arts works to extend circus arts to the general public on a recreational and professional level. Drop-in sessions run $25, though you can sign up for longer courses. Can’t make it to Toronto? Montreal’s Trapezium offers similar programs.
- The Trapeze School of New York has offices in Boston, Baltimore, and of course New York. Open flying time gives you an opportunity to try out the trapeze with $10 individual or $25 triple swings. (The triple swings give you the opportunity to learn the “flippy dismount”– a somersault in the air as you land in the net!) They also offer 2-hour long classes, and 8-week-long intensive courses.
- Trapeze High, located in Escondido, California, offers 90-minute intro classes for $45. No experience necessary, and the only word they don’t allow on the bar is “can’t.”
- Flying Trapeze Australia moves round the country offering instruction from 2-hour intro sessions to concentrated training sessions ranging from 2 to 5 days for intermediate/advanced flyers.
- Miami’s Flying Trapeze and Circus School offers trail swings and intensive coursework. Beginner classes start at $45.
If none of these locations coincide with your travel plans, check out this list of trapeze-y links and see if you can find a school where you’re headed. Happy flying!