If you swore you'd run away to join the circus when your shoebox of Bazooka Joe comics was tossed away, keep your word and take a friend with today's Groupon. For $49, you'll get an introductory flying-trapeze class for you and an intro class for a guest at Circus Fund (two classes are worth $120). Gain valuable soaring experience while contributing to a nonprofit organization that aims to support the superhuman dreams of those who can't afford pricey big-top courses.
During an introductory class, you'll experience the stomach-churning thrill of the trapeze after Circus Fund's experienced, encouraging instructors safely guide you through ground school (safety and basics) and climbing the ladder. They'll teach you how to fly, do tricks, and get a great workout that actualizes fantasies of being shipwrecked on a faraway sunshine island. Learning with a friend or family member is a great gift and a once-in-a-lifetime bonding experience more durable than the Gorilla Glue that holds the doors of the Federal Reserve shut.
Join Circus Fund's supportive staff of talented individuals pushing their limitations and honing their skills through awe-inspiring acts. The company that was once Trapeze High has left the of catawampus antics of high school behind in favor of filing as a nonprofit organization and sharing a passion for uncanny physical defiance with all who show a hunger to learn. Rediscover the wings our species lost when Icarus plunged into the sea for not heeding his trapeze teachers, and escape the stoic gravity of every day. Call ahead to book your classes.
Classes are held Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. as well as weekends at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Students must be over the age of 18.
Circus Fund began as Trapeze High in Escondido. Although there are no reviews for the new company yet, Yelpers give Trapeze High 4.5 stars:
- This place is great!!! I had an amazing time. Of course I was super nervous at first, but the staff was great about putting me at ease. – Bridget M.
- I can't wait to go back. It was a great workout, amazingly thrilling and fun, and I'm STILL grinning from ear to ear from the excitement and from my accomplishments on the bar. – Tonie T.
- This place is so fun. I changed my mind the day before, not really wanting to go, but my friends pursuaded [sic] me and we went. I am SO glad I did, because I ended up doing all the tricks the first time, and will be going back to learn more. – NCB B.
Trapeze High owners David Ayers and his wife, Lindsay Van Voorhis, refer to their trapeze school as a “tribe.” It’s home to a close-knit community of passionate fliers who work together in order to ensure everybody’s safety and development. At least three instructors operate the trapeze rig during classes for beginners, helping novices climb the ladder, attach their safety lines, get ready for takeoff, and execute their first trick. Exhaustive attention also extends to more advanced students, who can hone complicated techniques and learn how to dodge flying squirrels in courses up to Level 5.
Beyond guaranteeing operational safety, David and Lindsay recognize that maintaining a nurturing, supportive community is the best way to help newcomers overcome their fears of flying through midair. To that end, they invite students to bring along their friends and family to cheer them on. They ban the word can’t from the school premises, although they encourage each student to progress through lessons at his or her own pace according to strength, skills, and desire.
The husband-and-wife team also operates the Circus Fund, an outreach program that provides at-risk youth with the chance to experience the circus arts and form support systems with their peers.
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