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NYC Trapeze School, learn trapeze in the

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 07, 2003

NYC Trapeze School, learn trapeze in the open air by the Hudson River.

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markJul 07, 2003 at 12:43PM

I walked by this on the fourth. We stopped and watched for ten seconds and the instructor kept yelling at the student, “DO NOT DO ANYTHING EXCEPT WHAT I TELL YOU!” OK, drillmaster trapeze guy! Way to take the fun out of the circus.

ranjitJul 07, 2003 at 2:07PM

On the other hand, when I watched, I saw students flying and falling and generally having a good time. No yelling. Some photos.

chrisJul 08, 2003 at 5:34AM

“The sheer fun of it is exhilarating, and my body now looks like it did twenty years ago!”

I’m finding it hard to believe that such a comment would be the deciding factor, but now I’m curious as to what other possibly death-inducing activities could be marketed as weight loss solutions. Perhaps someone needs to start selling tapeworms as a “100% organic diet supplement”.

JasonJul 08, 2003 at 2:42PM

Mark - I was there in that class on the fourth. I was actually on the ladder, on my way up to the high board when the instructor said that. He said it because the person was freaking out and was about to seriously hurt himself or someone else if he didn’t focus on what he was about to do.

That being said, I’ve taken two trapeze classeses down there so far and plan to make it a regular activity. It IS exhilarating and it’s completely safe, yet you feel like you’re doing something dangerous and exciting. I have a great time and I definitely recommend it.

Deirdre NazarethAug 23, 2003 at 11:35AM

Hi, I would like to get some information on costs and a schedule of classes for your school. Thanks,
Dede

lenoraSep 08, 2003 at 11:34AM

I am a regular at trapeze school NY, I have been flying 1 -2 times a week all summer. It is challenging, it is exhilarating and I would do it more if I had the chance. The instructors are not “drillmasters” it is their job to keep you safe and help you achieve your goals. FIrst time students are taught on the practice bar the same tricks they will try in the air. The primary focus of this instruction is that you must LISTEN to the instructors, they will tell you when to execute the tricks. Timing the execution of a trick is key to its success and I would expect that the students are there to succed not to hang by their hands flopping around like freshly hooked fish until they can no longer hold on. I would guess that the student you saw was not listening. Maybe you should swing by on a Thursday night when the intermediate students fly and see what can be achieved when you listen and learn how to do it correctly.

Alejandra Gonzalez MexicoNov 28, 2003 at 2:10AM

I would like to know the adress, to ask questions and information about this schoo. could somebody e mail me this info?

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