….and it really hurts to hold on.
Lessons in love or on the flying trapeze? Well for today’s intents and purposes we’re talking about truths learned at the Trapeze School New York in Washington D.C.
If you’re like every other 20-30 something female, you grew up with Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw as one of the voices of your generation. And if so, you likely remember the episode “The Catch” where our fearless Carrie makes the leap in both love and off the trapeze.
I had the chance to visit this very same trapeze school (which has locations in NYC, LA, DC, Boston, Chicago and Puerto Rico). If you’re a first timer class starts off in “ground school” but before you know it you’re belting up , chalking your palms, and creeping up a ladder that you’ve given the benefit of the doubt to at best .
Now you’ll find yourself 2 stories up looking down from a mere 2×6 platform, one hand on a support handle the other reaching as far as you can muster for the trapeze bar, truly wondering if this is the moment when you will plummet to your untimely demise. Of course this is impossible as there’s a very soft and sturdy net directly below, but still…. Like I said, this is the hardest part. Letting go, mentally and physically and allowing yourself to soar.
The Trapeze bar is made to ensure grip, so its easy and difficult to hold on to it at the same time. If you don’t already have “rough” hands I’d suggest paying for a pair of grips at the desk to ease the discomfort. Swinging through the air is a trill once you get past the jumping. The enthusiastic instructors, who can also be seen performing in shows and festivals, give you constant instructions for what to do at each and every moment; Including back flips and letting go entirely to be caught by another. Some people will really surprise you with their advanced skills, but no worries, everyone moves at their own pace, and everyone starts out shaky. And it really is an easygoing good time.
“When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun.
Then, you grow up and learn to be cautious.
You could break a bone or a heart.
You look before you leap and sometimes you don’t leap at all because
there’s not always someone there to catch you.
And in life, there’s no safety net.
When did it stop being fun and start being scary?
I decided it was time to leave fear behind and have some fun”
Tips if you go: call in and use this discount code to the 20% off your first class: NSJ20
4th st SE & Tingey st (by the Navy Yard)