Richie Gaona Flying Trapeze

Woodland Hills

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45-year veteran of trapeze artistry coaches pupils of all skill levels in gravity-defying techniques, starting with basic lessons on ground

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Promotional value expires May 3, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Must redeem class in full by 5/2/12. Reservation required. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Must be 10 or older. 225lb weight max. Not valid for semi-private classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Mastering the flying trapeze can pay off when faced with challenges such as performing the uneven-bars portion of a job interview. Swing to success with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a trapeze class (a $60 value) and a waiver of the registration fee (a $25 value) at Richie Gaona Flying Trapeze in Woodland Hills (an $85 total value). This Groupon is valid for the group class or the no-catch class.

Fourth-generation circus performer Richie Gaona draws upon more than 45 years of high-flying experience to coach trapeze students in the graceful techniques of stationary and swinging acrobatics. A veteran of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the Big Apple Circus, Richie expertly leads neophyte swingers gradually into the air, beginning with ground-based lessons to introduce basic mechanics and trick gravity into complacence. As the session progresses, students engage in more complex techniques, including the knee-hang catch, a staple maneuver of big-top entertainers that involves crooking limbs over the trapeze while soaring toward a partner. Classes require no previous experience, allowing students of all skill levels to fly majestically without carpooling with Superman.

Ganoa’s Trapeze Workshop

By age 5, Richie Gaona had already learned trapeze and performed with his family, The Flying Gaonas. Over the next 45 years, his art would take him across the globe. During that time he soared with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, and as a stunt man his acrobatic skills were featured in films such as Back to the Future II and Van Helsing. Today he hopes to use those experiences, as well as his experience as trainer to Circus of the Stars, to help others defy gravity through trapeze, high wire, trampoline, and other three-ring activities. As he displayed on The Ellen Show, Richie prepares beginners with on-ground instruction before swinging them into maneuvers such as the knee-hang catch. During his flying trapeze classes, students swing on the trapeze while harnessed to safety lines, letting go to perform knee hang catches before trying to get back to the trapeze. Just as he has taught everyone from beginners to A-list celebrities, Richie helps students of all skill levels learn to fly majestically regardless of their previous experience.

Customer Reviews

162 Ratings

Richie is patient beyond belief, and a great teacher. He knows when to push and has a critical eye for improving performance. My daughter loves going there.
Amy R. · September 8, 2014
I took my 11 year old niece, she loved it.
Kim S. · May 5, 2014
Fantastic experience. Bought this as a gift for my daughters. They absolutely loved it.
Nicole S. · May 5, 2014
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    Woodland Hills

    5702 Lubao Ave.

    Woodland Hills, California 91367

    818-710-8191

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