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Trapeze and Circus School: Learn To Fly

Updated on June 4, 2012
Have you ever wanted to learn trapeze?
Have you ever wanted to learn trapeze?

Did you ever dream of being a trapeze artist or running off to join the circus? Do you remember the first time you witnessed a trapeze act and sat in awe of the amazing performers? You can experience the joy of flying for yourself just for fun at one of the many trapeze schools scattered around the world.

There are more than 50 trapeze schools and camps across the U.S. alone. They are designed with the recreational student in mind, with safety and fun as a top priority. Students practice with a full harness, ropes and nets to learn the techniques and develop their skills. Adults and children as young as 7 can try out this addictive, adrenaline pumping sport in a safe and encouraging environment.

Trapeze School New York

A Student At Trapeze School

Flying offers a fitness program that is challenging and exciting. A typical lesson will begin with floor exercises to stretch and prepare your muscles. You will then find yourself climbing the 30 ft ladder multiple times in a one-hour lesson, giving your thighs and calves a thorough workout. Rather than targeting certain specific muscles as you would in a gym, all of your muscles will be worked at once, in each fly. A trapeze workout will utilize and strengthen muscles you didn’t even realize you had, and you will have a blast doing it.

History of the Flying Trapeze

In 1859 a young Frenchman created the trapeze for his own entertainment. He was bored. He created a swing attached to two parallel ropes and hung it over a swimming pool, where he eventually became quite adept at performing tricks. He eventually took his act to the public in the Cirque D’Hiver. His name was Jules Leotard, and he also created his own sleek tight fitting costume, which bears his name to this day.

Lessons for the public were unheard of until the early 1980’s, when Club Med introduced it at their resorts. The sport has continued to gain popularity in the past few years, with a surge of interest after Sarah Jessica Parker ’s character on Sex in the City went tried flying in a 2003 episode.


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      Delia 2 years ago

      Great article! I always wondered what inspired my mom to be a Trapeze artist, she even was flying pregnant with me and twin sister. Maybe that's why I'm scared of heights! I did a page "My Mom Micky..a Tribute" you might like checking it out.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Lisa, Please let me know how it goes at trapeze school! We still haven't made it there yet, but I am confident that we will one day soon! Thanks for reading. :)

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      Lisa Russell 7 years ago

      oh my goodness, I loved this. I have six daughters and I have dreamed of trapeze for months now. I am going to trapeze school this fall, I am so excited. I can not wait.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the tip TrapezeNet. :)

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      TrapezeNet 9 years ago

      Go to for a list of all the places to fly in the world...

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      LOL, thanks funnebone! :)

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      funnebone 9 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      Very nice....i watched that episode of sex in the city.....i went looking for women in the city rather than seeking circus schools but I will keep it in mind.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Life by Design :) Glad you liked it!

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      Lifebydesign 9 years ago from Australia

      always wondered how and who does it! thanks for a great idea for one of my next!

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      LOL, Karen! I agree, the smells and the hot tent were pretty bad. We take the kids to the Big Apple Circus in NY every year, and it is pretty good, even for a non-circus lover. The tent is air conditioned, and they don't have any smelly elephants!

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      This is very interesting. However, sorry, I've always hated the circus (yep, I'm the one). It must have been the smells and the hot tent. But, I love watching when there is a tv show featuring the trapeze.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm sorry, Neil! I really thought that the 80 year-old woman in the video was amazing - all of the rest of us are too scared to try it :) I can't believe you went bungee jumping - Proud Grandpa is also Cool Grandpa!

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      proudgrandpa 9 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Watch that quite old at only 80. Age becomes more relative the older I get. I did do a 150' bungee jump about 15 years ago and like this it is a way to open new pathways to your brain and your soul.

      Thanks for another good and interesting hub. You, young lady are a great writer and an even better sharer. Unlike Sally Trove I don't gain 3 pounds each time I read one of your hubs.

      Thanks, NEIL

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for reading and commenting Doghouse, John and Ben. It seems we are all in agreement that this does not look like fun - because we are all afraid of heights! How funny :) There is a woman in the video who is quite old and not at all afraid - I think she is 80, and flying through the air!

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      Ben Torres 9 years ago

      Hi Amy,

      That's a great hub on trapeze flying. I enjoy watching the trapeze artists in action. its great for entertainment, but I would never have the nerve to do it myself, especially since I am afraid of heights. i guess that would stop me dead in my tracks of ever becoming a trapeze artist.


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      John Chancellor 9 years ago from Tennessee

      Very interesting, but when I fly now I choose the aisle seat.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California


      With never any wish to learn to fly, I will stick to the safe ground! lol Very interesting topic however, and a really great Hub! Thanks.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks everyone, for the comments! I agree Steph - lol! Although there was a time when I would have done this (or jumped out of an airplane), I no longer have the stomach for it! I can't even swing on our backyard swing set without getting sick. What happens with age, anyway? I originally looked into this for my daughter, who loves the circus.

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Cool Hub! I used to be a gymnast many years ago. But now I get dizzy if I even do a somersault on the floor. I think I would leave this up to my kids and stay firmly planted on the ground.

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      danielpyle 9 years ago from USA

      I really enjoy people who defy gravity. It has always been so interesting to me. I appreciate the hub. I am one of those people that gravity simply plays hell with.

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      I have always admired trapeze artists, very much. They are real artists!