Blog 18 Alli Has Arrived

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I had got it into my head that I was now ready to set up the net. If someone had plugged me into a lie detector I would have passed when they asked me Trish are you ready to set up the net? So it came as a very great surprise when I discovered today that no I wasn’t ready to set up the net just yet.

I’d been toying with the idea of setting everything up and what a wonderful surprise that would be for the team when they arrived. I did recall though that Nick had said he was going to pick a person as team leader and get them to organise the team into setting up the net so I thought I won’t get in the way of that.

Anyhoo the team arrived and Alli got picked to be team leader. I went off to set up my one bit of the net set up and I stuffed it up. Then I went and did another bit of the net set up and stuffed that up too. I was flabbergasted, I would have sworn on a stack of bibles that I knew what I was doing. It’s quite sobering when reality doesn’t match what’s in your head. I was very grateful Alli came round to check.

Alli was a great team leader. She organised people, she did a lot of the set up herself so she wasn’t  just standing there bossing people and she was lovely when I made my two mistakes. That’s a gift if you can correct a person and not make them feel any worse than they already do. She and Nick can do that. I am grateful for the people I work with and I was totally thinking that I could set up the net by myself and have a play and now I’m thinking I might just make sure someone else is there for the time being.

We had a good turn out today and as soon as I heard that James was coming I knew catching would be on the cards. Apart from turning around and flying without the lines and not buggering up setting up the net there is nothing I like more than catching.

We all worked on our hocks off move and it’s really hard to land properly in the net. I’m not going to be able to get that ticked off just yet. It did look like everyone was continuing to progress. Danielle did the board and did a great job and I think Jessica did her first catch. Sarah is improving with every swing so all up a good day was had by all.

I’ve got some goals for next week. I’m going to master those lines. I’m going to make them mine and if it doesn’t happen next week it’s going to be the next week or the week after that but it’s going to happen.

We got a treat right at the end of training. We got to climb up to the catcher’s bar and swing and start to learn how to be a catcher. This was ridiculous fun to do and to be a catcher will be a supremely awesome thing.

Our opening day is coming up ridiculously soon. I’m off to buy a business phone this week so that potential customers can ring me to book sessions. I’m also going to monitor the TSAST email better than I have been in case people are trying to get in touch that way. I shall be a busy little bee for the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for reading if you want to see more pop over to our TSAST face book page just look up The South Australian School of Trapeze.  You should be able to see Jessica’s catch this week. I’m so proud of her.

Thank you Nick for your awesome training and thank you TSAST team members for working so well together. Congratulations Alli on doing such a good job as team leader.

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Blog 17 This Must Be What It feels Like To Be Rich

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Blog 17 This Must Be What it feels Like to be Rich

For a time in today’s training it was just Liam and me getting a lesson from Nick. At one point I stopped and thought we are pretty much getting a private flying trapeze lesson here and it was heaven. It was indulgent and lovely and we got all of this time and all of these turns and we could work on our tricks until we had really honed them. I thought if I was rich I would have private flying trapeze classes and here I was having one Huzzah! Have you ever found yourself in a perfect place and wondered how the hell did I get here well that’s how I felt Sunday morning.

Before this epiphany early in the morning and before that bitey sun came out I had a go at setting out the equipment before everyone arrived. I learned from doing this how much I knew about setting up and how much I still needed to learn. An absolute bugger was that because I stuffed one thing up we lost about a half hour on set up, ah well I’m only going to do that once I can tell you.

For the start of our lesson it was just Liam and me with Nick training us. I set the fly bar up and if I say so myself I did an awesome job on that. I got a big treat after my magnificent performance on installing the fly bar by getting to fly down without the lines and that really is a treat.

We decided last week that we were going to work on a check list of skills to master certain tricks which would enable us to fly without the lines. Number one on our check list is to respect directions and cues and respond to instructions. Getting an initial on this check list reminded me of earning badges in scouts and I went about this with all of my previous scouting fervour. I don’t think I’ve ever been so polite or so attentive to what Nick was saying. Everytime I felt like saying ‘but I wanna..’ I thought zip it Morton you’re not going to get your tick that way. I tell you wanting to get your list ticked off really hones your listening skills.

Now you might be thinking poor Nick here he is trying to teach a whole team of people trapeze that have no previous experience of it and here she is needing a list to be ticked off to listen to him but let me tell you how he works off a little training tension. Trapeze humour is what it’s called apparently and I didn’t find it funny at all.

It all began with me trying to get my confidence up with doing the lines. The morning session had been fantastic and Liam and I just played and played. Then we had a break and some food and Lynley arrived and kindly agreed to be a client with Nick while Liam and I worked on lines. I watched Liam over and over again and worked out in my head when you say something when you pull the lines when you let go of the lines. I finally got brave enough to call it while he pulled the lines and then I did both jobs while he stood right next to me.

So I called the first trick and I was a little early with some stuff because I was so nervous.  I just wanted to get the words spoken before I had missed the spot where you say them but I knew where I had gone wrong and I could work on it before when I’ve done the lines it’s just been I have no idea what I’m doing. So Nick fronts up as the next customer and I say to myself I have this. My voice is all shrill like it gets when I’m nervous but I have this. I call the first part he swings back and hits his head on the board!. My mouth drops open, my heart plummets from my chest to my stomach and in my head are the words “I’ve killed him. I’ve killed Nick” I stop calling the trick and he’s still hanging on to the bar and I can’t see any blood from his head and I finally call three and he gets down and I come up and look at him and he has a big smile on his face. I said “What did you do?” He said something about humour. I said something about not finding that very funny at all and then he went back up and did it again and I had another heart attack but this one was a little shorter than the first one. When they had all gone home I remembered that the Melbourne Trapeze people The Fly factory had played the same joke twice ie pretending to hit your head on the board and I had been freaked out twice when they had done it. I do not appreciate trapeze humour.

By the end of the day Liam, Lynly and I had done some birds nests and some hocks off. I had worked on doing the lines. I had a little play flying without lines and Liam did his first land in the net on his belly. I also got to do the turn around thingy and I just love that. It was a great day. I work with good funny people. I tell you with the plans we have for Venus the Flying Trapeze 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year.

Thank you for reading if you want to see more pop over to our TSAST face book page just look up The South Australian School of Trapeze and remember from January next year we’re going to be open for business. .

Blog 16 Jessica’s Birthday

Jessica’s birthday fell on a training day and so we celebrated our first birthday with the TSAST team. Anyone who knows Jessica knows she is the best dressed most stylish person ever so it seemed fitting that the Queen of Costumes should have a costume day as her birthday theme. It was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up but my goodness flying on a trapeze in costume in really hot weather is not for the faint hearted.

Alli made an amazing cake for Jessica and there were balloons and presents and all up it was a lovely day with Venus. Nick brought a friend of his, Merryn who is an experienced trapeze artist and she was great fun.

We had time to debrief about last week’s practice session and a big thank you to Peter Johns who gave us some valuable feedback that we will take on board.

I’ll hand over to the photos because I can barely keep my eyes open after today’s session and please remember we will be open for business after the 9th of January 2016.

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Thank you for reading if you want to see more pop over to our TSAST face book page just look up The South Australian School of Trapeze.

Blog 15 Our First Practice Session With Clients

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Blog 15 Our First Practice Session with Clients

So it’s done. We’ve had our first practice session yesterday with pretend clients and it went well.

The instructors got there early and set up. Nick gave us a briefing about how the session would run and he told people what jobs they would have. Then the clients started to arrive and the next two hours just flew by.

I greeted people, collected waivers and let them know where drinks were and the toilets were. Once everyone had arrived Nick welcomed them all and Liam ran them through a stretch session. Emily and I took them off to the practise bar to demonstrate the knee hang and then each person had a go at the knee hang on the practice bar.

In our pool of pretend clients we had trapeze people, fit people and people who were not as active as the others. We also had The Remarkable Ryan and he became our first child who had a go on our beautiful trapeze called Venus.

Once everyone had had a go at the knee hang on the practise bar they were packed off to the ladder to have a go for real.

It all went very smoothly. We worked out the order. Everyone had a go then two goes, then we talked about how to do a front sault and then, drum roll please, we started on catches. Some people did this and some people didn’t. I was very clear from the outset that this wasn’t going to be a stress operation. If you wanted to do it we would show you how if you didn’t then you didn’t. That aspect of our business is really important to me.

Nick did 12 catches I can’t believe how fit he is. Liam and Alli did brilliant on the lines. Jess and Emily did great on the board and I floated between the jobs. Before I knew it the two hours were over and we had finished our first practice session. I had an amazing feeling of relief and I now feel like our open day is not so daunting. I still need to stream line some stuff but it’s doable.

When the session was finished Nick said the instructors could have a play so for the next half hour we were diving off that board doing all kinds of stuff. Our pretend clients waited very patiently for us to have our fun and then we all had drinks and nibbles to celebrate the day. Next week we will debrief and talk about what we learned from the session so a big big big thank you to our pretend clients who came and helped us.

And then….more drum rolls please. We did another session the following morning and that my friends is the first time we’ve done a two day session and it was brilliant. We didn’t have to set up much because Venus was still set up from the previous day. We had locked up the ladder and taken away the bars just so no-one from the public could access the trapeze without supervision so it didn’t take us long to set up those things and off we went.

The frustrating thing was that I was really tired from getting so worked up the previous day as I was really nervous about the practice session. So here I had my beautiful Venus all up and waiting for me and my body was saying no way. I seriously thought about listening to my body and saying no this is too much I’ll sit out and that thought lasted maybe five seconds. I told my body to suck it up we can rest later and off I went. I love trapeze.

I’ve said this to them but I’m going to say it again. I know, great, wonderful and brilliant people that help me run this operation. They are fun and cheeky and knowledgeable and kind and I love working with them. They did great on the practice session and they should be proud of themselves. How cool is it that Nick took people who had never done trapeze from two months ago and now we can run a session and we only train once a week. Woo hoo. I’m so proud of how friendly the TSAST team were to the clients and how well they looked after them. These are good people.

Allrighty before long we will be up and running for business. I will soon buy a business phone and we can start thinking about our open day and bookings for next year. We will be open for business from the 9th of January that’s our opening day when we are going to introduce Venus to some of the South Australian movement community.

Thank you for reading if you want to see more pop over to our TSAST face book page just look up The South Australian School of Trapeze. These photos are thanks to Mel who was one of our practice clients.

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