You probably first saw your first team of flying trapeze artists at the circus or on television as a kid, and thought that only kids who run away to the circus will ever have the chance to fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
But in the past few years, aerial flying has gone mainstream. Some credit the child in all of us, who secretly wants to leave our responsibilities behind and run off to the circus. While others credit an episode of the HBO show, Sex and the City. In it, Carrie, the show’s main character and relationship advice columnist , played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is sent on assignment to write a story about taking a flying trapeze class.
Regardless of your reasoning, near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you can take a 2-hour intro trapeze class at the Trapeze School of New York – Baltimore (TSNY).
After some basic instructions, including hanging from your hands and knees, grab tight and take your first swing off the 23-foot platform. If you get the “swing” of it, you might get a chance to do a release and catch move. That is if you have the nerve to let go. But with a safety lines and a net below, you can see if a life in the circus is all that’s it’s cracked up to be.
The first trapeze artist and the inventor of the trapeze, Jules Léotard, was just 18 year old in 1859, when he attached cables over his parents’s pool and attached a swinging bar to the cables. He perfected his act and quickly became the toast of European circus performers.
The classic trapeze artist’s uniform, the leotard, is named after him.
After your trapeze class, will you hopefully be soaring like this student…
The 2-hour introductory class is limited to ten participants and open to first-time students as well as intermediate flyers.
Trapeze School of New York – Baltimore
300 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Dates and Times – Classes are offered on most weekends and some weekdays, but class schedules vary, so check their calendar. Reservations can be booked online in advance to reserve your spot. Minimum age is 6.
Cost – $45.00 – $55.00 per class (depending on day/time), plus a one-time $20 registration fee. Additional 5%-20% discounts are available for multiple class purchases.
Recommended Attire – Tights, yoga pants or snug sweat pants.
Parking – Metered street and paid lot/garage parking is available in the area.
Images – circus artists, photo – public domain