Just as flying a plane hints at life as a bird, dangling from a trapeze in a bedazzled leotard hints at life as a chandelier. Festoon an empty foyer with today’s Groupon to Circus Arts Institute. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a beginner circus arts class (a $44 value).
- For $40, you get a beginner circus arts class for two (an $88 value).<p> Classes are held Tuesday, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Circus Arts Institute’s Carrie Heller, an experienced trapeze artist, designs classes that leave students feeling “accomplished” and “strong” according to a CNN piece. The class kicks off as instructors break the ice with trapeze demonstrations, just as the speaker of the house signals the beginning of every State of the Union address. Students then cycle through lessons on the low-strung tightrope, moving to the trapeze and Spanish webs that hang from the loft space’s high rafters. By practicing these performance arts, patrons not only chisel core, upper-body, and lower-body muscles, but also have more to talk about on blind dates with Russian acrobat teams.
Circus Arts Institute
For more than 20 years, Carrie Heller's life has been a balancing act between honing her circus talents and helping others. Today, the licensed clinical social worker, a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization, blends therapy methods with big-top techniques at the Circus Arts Institute, benefiting children and adults alike with mind-and body benefiting acrobatics that send students swinging, twirling, and laughing through the air.
Carrie and her team of instructors acquaint students with circus performance fundamentals using the trapeze, tight wire, Spanish web, and juggling balls. They bolster core and upper-body strength during Circus Arts Fitness workouts, which have been featured on CNN for their exciting approach to toning. For students with special needs, such as sensory challenges or ADD, they host Circus Arts Therapy classes. These sessions channel playful and positive energy as small groups learn to navigate circus equipment, enhancing their confidence, social skills, and physical coordination in a much more natural way than going on a handstand speed date.