When combined, the three rings of a circus can summon a magical presence to Middle Earth that transforms all the world's real peanuts into delicious circus peanuts. Appease the gods of misunderstood candies by joining the ranks of acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, and more. With today's deal, $25 gets you one Intro to Circus Arts or Kids Circus Arts class at New York Circus Arts, a $45 total value. NYCA, a three-minute subway trip away from New York's Grand Central Station, has a spacious facility in Long Island City solely dedicated to training in the circus arena. Check the schedule to sign up for an upcoming date and time.
Learn the basics of big-top performing during this two-hour circus primer. Increase coordination and impress attendees of your next cocktail party with the introduction to juggling. Students will also try their hand at aerial acrobatics under the watchful eye of a seasoned veteran. Take baby steps toward soaring through the tented canopy without ever leaving your comfort zone. You'll also pick up a lesson in acrobalancing, which is the art of balancing bodies into impressive poses and shapes without the use of duct tape. Reach heights unseen since sleepaway criminal-justice camp during the trampoline portion of your inauguration. Learn basic trapeze artistry to complete basic training, and finally get some use out of that trapeze kit in the back of your closet.
This Groupon is also valid toward a single Kids Circus Arts class for kids ages 7-12. Safety is a main focus, and classes are taught in small groups to give every student individualized attention. The time is split between aerial and ground acrobatics.
No experience or special skills such as elephant whispering or being a direct Bozo descendant are necessary to participate in this class, though you must indicate your preference for Rugby League or Rugby Union when signing up. Aspiring performers or those simply looking for a new fitness routine can pique circus curiosity during the comprehensive sampling of lessons. The course is a great platform to learn about a wide variety of different stage skills as well as a behind-the-curtains peek into the futuristic world of circus arts. If you find an area that strikes you, you can further your learning through one of the school's more specific and in-depth courses in that particular ability.
- Kim Kreutter, 26, a flight attendant for Continental Airlines, began studying at the academy a year ago on the recommendation of someone she had worked with at a catering job. “It was frustrating at first because I had never done something like this before,” she said. “I don’t come from a performance background. I just knew that I loved it. But it was really challenging to try to do things with my body that I had never attempted before…The classes, she added, “take you out of the normal reality of life.” – Nida Najar, New York Times