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Best Places to Learn Trapeze Skills

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Emerald City Trapeze Arts
2702 6th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98134
206.906.9442
http://www.emeraldcitytrapeze.com

Emerald City Trapeze Arts started in 2009 as Gary Kirkland’s dream to bring the thrill of trapeze and other aerial performance arts to the land of rain and evergreens. Located in Sodo’s historic Canal Boiler Building at Lander and 6th, Emerald City offers weekly classes in flying trapeze and aerial arts, including silks, rope, hoop and various forms of conditioning. The experienced instructors have experience with Cirque de Soleil, Club Med, Ringling Brothers and performance stages around the world. If it’s your first class, or if you’ve been “flying” for a while, there’s something new for you to learn at Emerald City! Check out the website for more details.

School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA)
674 S. Orcas Street
Seattle, WA 98108
206.652.4433
http://www.sancaseattle.org

Come to SANCA, a non-profit that provides kids of all economic backgrounds the fun of learning tumbling, juggling, aerial arts and more! The adult aerial classes teach you the basics of body positions and control on trapeze and rope. The class focuses on conditioning exercises and stretches to help students develop the skill, strength, flexibility and body awareness necessary to successfully pursue aerial acrobatics. The skills taught include rope climbing, basic straddle-up techniques, inversion techniques, ball, faux flag, baby hiplock and catcher’s hang on ropes. And on the trapeze, you’ll learn trapeze beats, basket hang, knee hang, knee beats and sitting gracefully and balancing on the trapeze bar. Classes meet once a week for a twelve-week session. Register online.

Knotty Yoga
2545 152nd Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
http://www.knottyyoga.com

Knotty Yoga is centered around each student having their own aerial fabric on which to perform yoga, acrobatics conditioning, and strength training moves. The floor of the studio is an inch thick of foam acrobatics flooring. Yoga mats are not needed. There are also several circus ropes and trapezes. Exercises are done low to the ground. A fear of heights is not an issue. No upper body strength is needed and classes are offered at different levels which are accessible to beginners while allowing elite athletes to have their limits probed. Basic aerial classes are offered at Knotty Yoga in rope, trapeze, and fabric.

Poledello Studios
715 Commerce St
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.509.8811
http://www.poledello.com

Ever dream of running away and joining the circus? Learn basic and intermediate moves to create an elegant routine on the lyra and the silks in the basic Aerial Hoop & Silks class. There are intermediate and advanced classes as well. You will learn to move gracefully – just like Cirque du Soliel’s aerialists! Call or register online to get started!

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