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- $46.99 for three Cirque 101 class (a $75 value)
- $67.99 for five Cirque 101 classes (a $125 value)
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It doesn't take a superhero's physique or a disregard for the laws of gravity to become one of those daring people on the flying trapeze. And you don't have to be French, Canadian, or French-Canadian to perform those eye-popping, jaw-dropping feats seen in Cirque du Soleil. According to Cirque School founder Aloysia Gavre, "anybody with any body" can run away with the circus, and she should know. As a former Cirque du Soleil aerialist, Aloysia's has long been dominated by a passion for the circus arts. Her Cirque School has been teaching the tricks of the trade to new generations of circus performers since 2004, when it started humbly in a small Pilates studio. These small classes quickly blossomed into a full-time community institution as the school expanded into its current 6,000 square foot Hollywood studio. It's here where Gavre and her team of aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, stilt walkers, jugglers, and balance experts turn even the most casual circus fan into a full-blown big-top fanatic. They've even become the go-to for Hollywood productions seeking circus training, including consulting work for network shows and making Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz look like natural-born circus performers in Water for Elephants.
In classes designed for ages 14 and up, Cirque School melds professional circus training with limberness-enhancing Pilates. It tones frames, cultivates flexiblity, and gives helps give future circus strongmen their strength, all while filling students with mental and physical wellness. It's rigorous, but that rigor is always overshadowed by fun, and as sticklers for safety, nobody works without crash pads. Dangling from a 10- to 19-foot open barrel-roof ceiling, students work their cores and upper bodies in the Pilates-infused Aerial Fitness & Conditioning class, a 60-minute workshop on beginner-level trapeze, fabric, and rope tricks such as climbing gracefully or lassoing the instructor. AcroFit & Intro to Handstands participants hold handstands and develop tumbling techniques in a 60-minute cross-training program held in the school’s 6,000 square feet of industrial loft space. Alternatively, students can lengthen their limbs during Flexibility & Stretch, a 90-minute cocktail of circus contortion, dance training, and rubber-band impersonation.