Onlookers gasp as the graceful figure tumbles to earth in a slow-motion plunge. Her strong legs twist and spin down a billowing swath of deep-red fabric like a spider expanding its web. It is awe rather than fear, however, that draws the crowd's gasps, as the elegant descent is performed as a demonstration by one of Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ skilled instructors during a silks class. A dedication to teaching students of all ages and abilities the skills necessary to capture both the beauty and athleticism of the circus arts is the studio's main mission, upheld by a cadre of circus-grade instructors and a friendly staff.
Below the soaring ceiling of exposed old-growth beams, students leap and balance on well-maintained circus apparatuses as their instructors correct their form and ensure their safety. The staff welcomes aerial enthusiasts to experience the sky-splitting thrills of all manner of circus specialty, from the flying trapeze to acrobalance to hatha yoga performed on the top of an elephant's stiletto. Along with high-flying classes, Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ crew celebrates the circus arts via dances and parties held within the whimsical-yet-rustic venue, from merriment-packed Halloween festivities to energetic performances by staff and students.
16: how many hours it takes to set up The Greatest Show On Earth
10: how many hours it takes to tear it down
2,500: average pounds of popcorn consumed in between
85: the number of animals, which include Asian elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, and llamas; all receive superlative animal care
61: the number of cars in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that carries the show from city to city; that?s more than a mile long
20,000: the number of miles that train will cover in one year
3: the miles the train master walks each day as he tends to the animals (all seated at the front of the train for the smoothest ride) and gives them regular water and exercise stops
Tacoma is happy to boast the theatrical stylings of Tacoma Dome.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this club should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this club.
Tap your foot to Tacoma Dome's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
The lively clientele and reverberating tunes result in a noisy scene, so don't plan any quiet conversation at the club.
During the club's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
Drivers will be happy to know that Tacoma Dome is located near many street and lot parking options.
Tacoma Dome's customers can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.