- $279 for a kids' and teens' circus aerial-art summer camp ($450 value)
Camp is five days of circus and aerial activities like acrobatics, contortion, stilts, juggling, hula hoop, tight rope, bungee bouncing, and plate spinning, supplemented by arts and crafts, face painting, and prop design sessions. The camp culminates in a Friday afternoon showcase at 2 p.m. (time subject to change) where campers can show off what they learned to family and friends.
Ruby Karen Project/Orange County Aerial Arts
At Ruby Karen Project, founder Ruby Karen uses dynamic choreography and acrobatic skills that earned her an appearance on So You Think You Can Dance to create classes that fuse aerial arts, dance, and fitness techniques. Her staff of trained instructors lead children and adults through exhilarating sessions that incorporate a variety of equipment, including silks, flying poles, and trapeze. Clients develop strength, balance, and coordination—not to mention defined arm muscles—as they learn aerial movements and techniques for defying gravity. From ballet barre workouts to hammock-assisted aerial yoga to any of the other classes offered at the studio, safety is always put first as instructors guide students through every new skill. Being a mobile performing arts school grants the Ruby Karen Project the freedom to set up classes in new locations, bringing aerial classes to more people and maybe, one day, mermaids confined to the beach.