With the decline of the Greyhound bus and the skyrocketing price of plane tickets, many Americans have resorted to doing their traveling by circus. Today's acrobatic Groupon lets you do the same, without ever having to find out what the inside of a clown car smells like. For $39, you get a two-hour Flying Trapeze 101 class at Trapeze U in Gilbert (an $85 value). Trapeze 101 classes meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., making flight available to both the nocturnal and diurnal.
Your two-hour instructional trapeze class starts you and your troupe of fellow acro-novices out on the ground, where experienced instructors will give one-on-one tutorials on the basics of aerial posturing. From there, you'll take turns spreading your wings and flexing your core on the outdoor trapeze as you slice through circus skies with uninhibited abandon. Or plummet into the soft, pillowy embrace of Trapeze U's many safety nets and cushy mats, then try again until you get it right.
While Beer Pong University (formerly ASU) remains the nation's number-one party school, Trapeze U unequivocally hosts the most fun graduation ceremonies. Buy extra Groupons for friends and get from point A to point B in a manner that's much more fun than walking but not quite as fun as bamfing.
- As [a student] prepared to take flight during a class at the new Trapeze U on a county island in Gilbert this week, the circus veteran didn't hesitate when instructor Dylan Phillips told her to climb up a ladder to a platform 23 feet from the ground. Her ascent went as smoothly as when she was told to pull her knees up to the bar mid-swing and back flip to dismount. "Once you first do it, it's scary, but when you swing it's not," [the student] said..."It's like when you're a kid and used to swing on a vine over a lake," Mary Carroll, 46, of Gilbert, said. – Chelsea Schneider, Arizona Republic
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