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 is a 60 minute mixed level class instructed by Diana and Deanna. Prerequisite: none. Drop Ins Allowed. $25/class. When you sign up and prepay for the whole 6 week course the price per class is discounted to $20/class. Register online today though The Last Carnival calendar page.
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.