Trapeze at The Last Carnival

Trapeze Level 1

trapezeTrapeze 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. In trapeze level 1 class you will be in classes with other students startring their aerial journey. This class will focus on under the bar moves and movements from a seat or balance stand on the bar. 

This is a 60 minute class. Class is $25/class. When you sign up for the entire session class will be discounted to $20/class. Prerequisites: none.

Trapeze Level 2

trapezeIntermediate Students that are comfortable in the air and can hold themselves into poses for longer periods of time and have the stamina to transition safely through multiple moves are ready to move to level 2 with instructor permission. In trapeze level 2 we will be cleaning up poses from level 1 class as well as start learning moves higher in the ropes.

This is a 75 minute class. Drop Ins Allowed. $30/class.  When you sign up and prepay for the whole session the price per class is discounted to $25/class. Register online today though The Last Carnival calendar page.

To advance to the this level you must be able to do the following:

-pull up pull over

– be able to do a pull up

-be able to do a clean inversion : egg roll and straddle

-be able to transition yourself though moves in the air for two minutes without coming to the ground


History of Trapeze

 static trapezeTrapeze 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 wastrapeze 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.