Becoming an acrobat is a more poised method of defying gravity than riding on an astronaut's back or repeating everything Isaac Newton says in a falsetto voice. Partake in vicarious soaring with today's Groupon: for $17, you get one ticket to Gala Luna Blanca in the Aerialdrome at Emerald City Trapeze Arts on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. (a $35 value).
Emerald City Trapeze Arts ushers awestruck revelers into the New Year with Gala Luna Blanca, a solstice-celebrating fete pairing aerial derring-do with bubbling champagne and pulsing dance music. On arrival in the Aerialdrome, ambient aerial acts rhythmically soar over audiences who are requested to don sparkling all-white apparel to celebrate winter and symbolize a world devoid of tomato stains. Next, the sky-splitting hijinks of a high-flying trapeze act dazzle retinas with adroitly executed maneuvers performed by flyers and leotard-clad spider monkeys from Cirque du Soleil shows. Aerialists then continue their graceful airborne choreography as a live DJ spins sonic webs below. After the nimble aeronauts take a bow, an ebullient dance party eases rug-cutters into a year-closing countdown, culminating in a raucous concerto of fired corks, clinking champagne glasses, and murmured resolutions.
Emerald City Trapeze Arts
Once upon a time, the Canal Boiler Works building in SODO housed Seattle's blacksmiths, who spent their days harnessing the power of fire and steel. Today, the building is still around, but its tenants tap into a different kind of power. Beneath a wood-beam ceiling, the aerialists of Emerald City Trapeze Arts fly through a 20,000 square foot studio, learning classic circus and trapeze skills from instructors with decades of experience. During aerial arts classes, students engage with silks, hoops, and ropes suspended in midair, mastering artful, fluid motions while simultaneously boosting their strength and coordination. Trapeze classes take things even higher; the studio's full-sized trapeze rig towers 30 feet in the air, recreating the thrills of big-top flips for beginners and seasoned aerialists alike. The space also invites students to try their hands at several other classic apparatus, including Trampoline and Cyr Wheel.
Although the air is their natural habitat, Emerald City Trapeze Arts' instructors teach earthbound classes, as well. Tumbling classes unlock youngsters' inner acrobats with cartwheels and somersaults, while pole fitness classes introduce the tricks and transitions needed to develop a full dance routine.