Charm City Movement Arts


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Professional performers teach the basics of disciplines such as tightwire, slacklining, unicycling, and ballet in special drop-in classes

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Mastering acrobatic skills can pay off when faced with challenges such as performing the uneven bars portion of a job interview. Swing to success with this Groupon.

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  • $15 for an introductory circus or dance workshop for one (up to a $30 value)
  • $29 for an introductory circus or dance workshop for two (up to a $60 value)

Each designed to blast boredom out of workout routines, classes weave high-flown, antic-filled regimens into each session. Tumbling classes teach more than just basic cartwheels and somersaults—they also feature students leaping and flipping through hoops. Chinese acrobatics classes encourage students to perch on each others’ shoulders as well as kick their feet to the sky and execute a perfect handstand. Taut tightwires put balance beams to shame while supporting students walking, turning, and performing basic tricks. Students can also participate in more circus-style classes, tossing and catching various objects in mixed-level juggling or balancing on a unicycle. Adult students learn the basics of dance technique and alignment in classes such as ballet or modern dance. See the full class schedule here.

Charm City Movement Arts

Erica Saben's passions have taken her near and far. She studied dance, political science, and Caribbean culture in Kingston, Jamaica, before returning to the United States to perform with several multicultural companies. A juggling gig in Philadelphia introduced her to two local circus experts who knew the director of Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. From this chance meeting blossomed a new chapter in her life: in addition to teaching her her big-top skills such as aerials and tightwire, they introduced her to Chinese acrobat Lin Junming, who would become her resident acrobatics coach when she founded Charm City Movement Arts.

Nestled between Canton and Brewer's Hill, the studio and performance space lets children and adults live the lives of professional circus performers without having to sneak into a tent disguised as a barrel of clown feed. Each instructor boasts experience in diverse movement backgrounds: Lin is also a member of the Fujian Acrobatics Troupe of China, and managing director Paco Fish has taken home awards in several Southern burlesque competitions. Other instructors draw from backgrounds in rock climbing, slacklining, acrobatics, and aerial work. Using this range of skills, they teach students the basics of Western and Chinese acrobatics, Broadway tap-dancing, modern dance, juggling, unicycling, and blends of clowning and burlesque. When not in class, staffers and students also hone their own chops as performers in seasonal dance and circus shows.

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