All the world's a circus, and all the men and women are merely contortionists parading as end tables and clothes hangers. Reveal menagerie-ready identities with today's Groupon: for $35, you get two circus-arts classes at Circus Center on Frederick Street (up to a $70 value). Groupon holders can enroll in any of the following courses:
- Acrobatics I (a $35 value)
- Acrobatic Contortions I (a $35 value)
- Acrobatic Pole I (a $35 value)
- Aerial Conditioning I (a $30 value)
- Straps Conditioning I (a $30 value)
The big top hot-shots at Circus Center impart performance wisdom on recreational and professional students alike, guiding forays into famed art forms such as acrobatics, aerial skills, and more. Taught by world-class instructors from China, Russia, and the United States, the center's extensive coursework conforms to all skill levels. For whole-body workouts, acrobatic and contortion classes aim to amp up flexibility, control, and power through muscled moves like handstands and air-duct-infiltration missions. The acrobatic pole course offers a middle ground between the mat and more high-flying arts, enlightening neophytes to a mélange of climbing styles. Aerial and straps classes make ground-free feats feasible, bulking students with the strength needed to conquer ropes and straps and to eventually terrify dates with feats of chandelier-to-chandelier derring-do. Check the center's schedule and enroll online to reserve a spot.
Your gym might have a trampoline and climbing ropes, but what about Chinese poles and a flying trapeze rig? Circus Center has all of the above, plus other equipment necessary for doing "anything in the air, upside down, backwards, and seemingly impossible."
The nonprofit center welcomes students to defy gravity with a diverse class curriculum and seasoned instructors from circuses in several countries. Though some offerings, such as Aerial Doubles, require a certain level of experience, many are geared toward total beginners. Circus newbies can experiment with juggling and tightrope walking or practice Mongolian-based contortion techniques and learn how to fit inside a stubborn pickle jar and open it from there. Trapeze classes even allow students to attempt a catch during their first-ever class.
Circus Center is also home to a Clown Conservatory, where workshops focus on slapstick humor, comedic timing, and show creation. Additionally, on Wednesdays and Fridays, the gym opens up for a free two-hour Circus Skills Jam—a practice session for students of all ages.