If you’re on a Sunday stroll in Miami's Bayfront Park, you may here cheering and clapping near the massive circus safety net in the middle of the park – it’s hard to miss. The sight of people soaring through the air draws visitors in who want to give the Flying Trapeze School a try. By the end of lesson one, they’ll be able to swing from the bar, hang upside down, and perform a catch (letting go of one bar) with a trained professional. The final stage before the big catch — Photo courtesy of John Farrell Clark
It can be a little overwhelming the first time visitors watch the stunts they will soon perform, but the school breaks the stunt down into each individual component. Over the course of two hours, each run becomes easier, and after the third or fourth practice stunt, the class will put the pieces together for the grand finale move!
Ten years ago Bayfront Park wasn’t a place you’d want to spend much time in, but after the city redeveloped it, today it is a picturesque waterfront sanctuary famous for hosting the Ultra music festival each year. The Flying Trapeze School has made its home here for the last seven years teaching classes on the recreational circus arts.
All ages can participate; the teachers have had six-year olds and seniors citizens come to the Flying Trapeze and be able to get something out of it. Students can continue to build more expertise the more often they attend. In one week, it is possible to learn up to three tricks – including a double somersault. No experience is required: just a willingness to listen, learn, and have fun!The author upside down at Flying Trapeze School — Photo courtesy of John Farrell Clark