Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Circus!

It was a day of two firsts, my first circus and my first pair of sweats (well, first pair since fourth grade anyways).

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to join the circus. I have no idea why-I'd never even been-but I dreamed of running off and becoming a trapeze artist. As you can imagine, when we finally went (I was in high school), I was nothing short of ecstatic! I even wore my new blue capri sweat pants (which, to this day, mystifies me almost as much as the lady hanging by her hair).
My experience under the Big Top (of the Delta Center) left quite the impression on me. It inspired me to create two new goals. 1: ride an elephant, and 2: get up on a trapeze.

To be honest, these goals proved harder to accomplish than I had anticipated. First, in an attempt to stop animal cruelty, people had shut down the elephant rides at Hogle Zoo years ago. I quickly realized that if I was going to get anywhere near the majestic beast, it would have to be in a country where PETA holds less sway. (Hence my desire to visit Thailand)

Second-it turns out the circus is a tight knit community and they are not exactly recruiting new members, and where else was I going to get on a trapeze??

So I did what I could. I took gymnastics and while it was amazingly fun and fab, it was not quite the same thing. (Not to mention, my lack of anything resembling arm strength proved to be a bit of a hindrance. Translation- I could barely lug my body up on the parallel bars even with my teacher shoving me from the ground). All in all, I started to wonder if I was really made for the trapeze.

Well, imagine my delight when E found a life-long learning class called Aerial Silks and Trapeze!! I don't have to tell you that I signed up before I even read the description. It proved to be one of the most marvelous things I have ever done! In fact, I think I have begun a life-long love affair with the trapeze and aerial silks!

I was initially concerned that I would not be able to do anything (the weak arms again), but, in our five session class, we learned quite a bit.

Here are some photos-courtesy of L and O. They were kind enough to come to my "recital" as I was fairly desperate to capture these moves permanently!

Wish I could go back to 7th grade gym and climb the rope now!
I don't think I could walk for several days after this-been a little too long since ballet class

I look quite pleased with myself, and, I'll admit, I was :)
Made it up, which proved to be quite a feat
Swinging around, hanging on for dear life

My crowning glory

I think even the great Vivacamente himself would be proud! (Now all I need is for O to turn into a homicidal clown and my story will be complete)
Look for me at Ringling Bros 2027!


Unknown said...

Oh my goodness Bets! You look amazing! What a neat class to take.

Kristy said...

Amazing pictures. I will be looking for you next Sept. when I take the grandkids to the circus. It will be fun to know someone in the circus. You look like a natural. I do hope that O does not turn into a homicidal clown. That was a scary part of the book.--KO

Jesse said...

Holy cow Bets! I had no idea how intense this class was! That picture of you doing the splits is amazing. I can't believe that you were trying to talk me in to taking the class with you. I never would have made it. I am seriously impressed!

krista said...

These pictures are so cool. They really look professional!! I also love the circus!

Hailey said...

Betsy Betsy Betsy---I laugh out loud (lol if you will) every time I read your blog! You are an excellent and entertaining writer! I'm so glad you found something to satisfy your trapezing curiosity---I am truly amazed!!! Great pics!