Trapeze at The Last Carnival
Trapeze is one of the oldest and most versatile of apparatuses, which lays the foundation on which all other forms of aerial are based. This class will focus on the techniques necessary to achieve static and dynamic moves with fluidity. Students will learn conditioning techniques as well as tricks for dance and static trapeze styles of movement.
Trapeze Level 1 This will be taught during our monthly “Ty it out Trapeze” workshop series and on a private lesson basis. This is a great opportunity to try out aerial acrobatics in a positive encouraging environment. If you are wanting a beginner level bar work class weekly, check out our lyra class.
Trapeze Level 2 +
These workshops are for advanced students, instructors, and performers looking to refine movements and learn new challenging ones as well as play with the artistry of Trapeze.
History of Trapeze
Trapeze has a rich history in circus acrobatics that is now available for you to be a part of. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, tight-rope dancers were the fairgrounds’ undisputed stars and were among the first acrobats to appear in the circus ring. There, they developed an adaptation of their art which would eventually become one of the circus’s most prized attractions: the trapeze. They began by swinging on and hanging from a slack rope (which would later become known as a cloud swing). Eventually, a bar was added in the middle of the ropes while the half ropes on each side moved toward a vertical position. With that, the trapeze was born. In 1859, a French gymnast, Jules Léotard (1838-70), presented at Paris’s Cirque Napoléon (today Cirque d’Hiver) an act titled La Course aux Trapèzes, in which he jumped from one trapeze to another. Léotard had invented the flying trapeze, for which he became the toast of Europe—as much for his act as for the revealing costume he originated and which is still used today by acrobats and dancers, the leotard.