Have you ever dreamt of flying through the air? Do you wonder what it would be like to glide through the sky untethered, trusting nothing but a slim bar, and another human to keep you aloft? My son recently turned eleven and a friend suggested we go to The Trapeze School in New York for the time of our lives. Let me tell you, she was right.
I arrived at Chelsea Piers at 8:00 AM for our private trapeze class. It was a perfect Manhattan day, seventy five degrees, sunny, and no humidity. I had been told two things: don’t eat too much and wear pants that cover your knees. When we arrived in our Suburban we were whisked to the roof of the Chelsea Piers building, past the multiple Sunday morning soccer games and moms toting snacks for kids who were on their way back to their fall sports routines. We walked through the office buildings and popped up on the roof for a view I won’t soon forget.
The New York Trapeze School at Chelsea Piers (moving to an indoor facility for fall)
You arrive for your lesson… you can be part of a the person group lesson for 40$ per person or you can get the ten spots for your own group for $700 (this was what we opted to do and brought cousins and friends).
When you arrive you will go over basic safety (the hooks, tethers, chalk and net).
Then you will learn the basic moves of how to lean forward and jump while on the ground.
Finally you climb the highest heights and start trapezing. You will begin with a basic swing, progress to a knee tuck and (hopefully) end swinging from one bar to another with the “arm grab.” (See video).