Learning the trapeze

Learning the Flying Trapeze

I grip the bar tightly and lean forward.
I bend my knees, my heart starts racing, and I take a deep breath.
Before I have time for doubt, I jump off the platform. The next 40 seconds are a pure adrenaline rush as I soar through the air on a flying trapeze—a thrilling introduction to my first class at the Trapeze School New York (TSNY) in Washington, DC.

I try to stay calm and oriented as my teacher yells instructions to swing my legs over the bar so I can hang by my knees. This simple move is the foundation for many tricks that we six beginners will practice many times during class. By the end of our  session, I’m already doing flips into the net and performing basic catches with one of the instructors. I start to wonder if my childhood dream of joining Cirque de Soleil is possible after all.

After two quick hours, class is over and I’m beat. Surprisingly, my arms are not sore—it’s my legs that ache from many climbs up the ridiculously high ladder to the trapeze platform (for me, the scariest part of the class). The school’s motto is right: “Forget about fear. Worry about addiction.”


TSNY has several facilities located in New York; Washington, DC; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; and Puerto Rico. Thrill-seekers can choose from the trapeze, silks, ropes and more. Class sizes are kept small so students can receive personalized instruction. Supportive and knowledgeable teachers—mine were former circus performers—encourage individuals to work at their own pace and comfort level. Learn more at www.trapezeschool.com.

Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.

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