As a child, I always wanted to be an acrobat or trapeze artist of some kind. I took gymnastics for a number of years, not really because I was training aggressively for my trapeze debut, but because I enjoyed the jumping, swinging and flipping that was involved. Perhaps I was a monkey in a previous life. As a completely amateur and mediocre (at best) gymnast, I pulled and knotted countless muscles, must have done millions of “moves” from the door of my room onto my bed, and spent unacceptable amounts of time on, and falling off of, the monkey bars at school.
I actually started the habit of falling off the monkey bars when I was quite young and fell off of the low bar at a playground near my home and ended up with rocks actually embedded in my head. Wait… perhaps this explains the following 20 years of my life…
Anyway, my childhood dream is soon going to (somewhat) come true, and I’m going to try my darnedest not to fall off. I am taking aerial lessons this coming fall. “But Sarah, what are aerial lessons?” Well, friends (all four of you who are reading this), I’m glad you asked.
Aerial lessons consist of two things: trapeze and silks. Trapeze is a term most people are familiar with, and is a short horizontal bar hung by ropes or metal straps from a support. There are a number of different types of trapeze, and I’m not sure which one I’ll be doing, but hanging from a bar, swinging around in the air sounds about the best thing ever. The second module in all of this is a “silks” one. Silks are long sheets hanging from the ceiling that you uh, manipulate, I guess. I’m not really sure how to explain it.
I will be blogging about the experience (rest assured), and hopefully will have some video to share with you. Thanks to Alex Ruiz and Kyle Shewfelt, who apparently had a unicycle battle a while back at Calgary Circus Studio and were able to refer me there.
And also? Registration is still open. Wink.