5 Destinations for Learning the Flying Trapeze

Beautiful openI 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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!