Until humans evolve 20-foot arms or train super-intelligent monkeys to resist eating our food, the trapeze remains the only way to obtain hard-to-reach bananas. Soar to new, potassium-rich heights with today's Groupon: for $12, you get your choice of one drop-in Kids' Aerial class or one Adult Aerial Fitness class (a $25 value) at AiRealistic Circus & Flying School. One-hour classes are available for kids (age 6–18) and adults (age 18–88). Click here for a schedule of upcoming classes.
Led by members of AiRealistic's company of theatrical trapeze artists, the Circus & Flying School brings high-flying antics into the fitness studio, turning regular routines and patrons upside down. In Kids' Aerial classes, tumbling mats and trampolines serve as launch pads to the rigging above, where young acrobats swing on trapezes, step into aerial hammocks, and soar through the air with the grace of an eagle and the control of an eagle riding a cannonball. No experience is necessary, though veteran tightrope runners and children raised by feral possums are welcome to drop in and refine their aerial performances.
Adult Aerial Fitness classes adapt the childlike thrill of trapeze routines for core strengthening and skyward aerobics. Beginners can simply strap into AiRealistic's harnesses to enjoy the thrill of airborne exercise, and more experienced gymnasts can work on developing a choreographed routine for next year's dance-off against the Blue Angels.
Airealistic Circus & Flying
The instructors at Airealistic Circus & Flying know a thing or two about gravity, having defied it on behalf of Cirque de Soleil, De La Guarda, and Franco Dragone productions. For example, program director Carmen Curtis uses a foundation in gymnastics to elevate her cirque routines, which she showcases as a member of Airealistic Theater Company. These experiences grant her the expertise to lead her aerial classes, which are taught alongside gymanstics and yoga classes. Whether teaching family circus or acroyoga classes, all staff members prioritize safety as they introduce kids and adults to aerial apparatuses.
In addition to gymnastics, booty bar, and Vinyasa yoga sessions, the trainers teach AIReal Yoga, Acro and Tumbling, Hatha yoga, Power Barre, Barre Fitness, Contemporary Dance, Pilates and Afro-Brazilian Dance, believing that one's choice of style reflects his or her own unique character. Their aerial and acro-yoga variations also encourage students to test their notions about human flight in a noncompetitive setting. Each class incorporates a fitness component into its exhilarating routine, and the schedule includes classes at all times of day.
5600 Everglades St.
Ventura, California 93003