A buzzing crowd gathers around the entrance of the Zoppé Family Circus tent before each performance, straining to glimpse the wooden hands of a large clock that displays the next showtime. When the moment is nearly at hand, members of the family emerge from the cavernous tent to greet their guests. As they introduce their siblings, spouses, and children, an accordion exhales melodies first heard in 1842, when Napoline and Ermenegilda Zoppé traveled from Budapest to Venice for their first show.
Inside the tent, Napoline and Ermenegilda’s descendants effortlessly balance on wires and swing from trapezes. Just below their aerial stage, horses trot around a sawdust ring as equestrian ballerinas display a brand of showmanship worthy of comparison to John Wayne's performance in The Lone Leotard. Between acts, Giovanni Zoppé takes on the persona of Nino the clown—a lovable character whose earnest efforts to steal the show are thwarted by his own buffoonery.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I do not believe in competition only working together. With my class I am not only promoting what I do but representing for all the other yogis out there. I am here to teach my passion and that is yoga. My classes are completely focused on protecting, preventing and strengthening our mind & body.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
I am constantly with my students. If you see me in front of the class on my mat it is because I am showing a difficult pose. Otherwise I am walking around taking care of my students and offering adjustments. I am serious but have fun so my students know it is okay to mess up. Keep practicing.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Yoga saved my life not only physically but mentally. I was diagnosed with ADHD and other fun problems and with yoga it has centered me and calmed my mind. I owe my life to yoga so I practice everyday to show my appreciation and love for the practice.
What do you love most about your job?
I love sharing this passion, to see the glow and fight people go through because the practice challenges them. I am here to help guide and share the love of life.