2016 Blog 3 We’re gettin’ a Triple!


There was a lot happening in our little world of static trapeze today. Firstly Chantelle brought in some swatches for fabric for our outfits for the Christmas show and my goodness the pattern we have picked is to die for. Think velvet and the galaxy and there’s sparkle in there too. Gorgeous simply gorgeous. Thank you Chantelle’s mum for making our costumes.

We had Tazi teaching us today because Alex is off being wonderful interstate with Persia. They are doing a show called Mortal Sins if you are reading this and you live in Melbourne I would recommend getting down to see it. I watched them practice and like – Wow!

Tazi is an incredibly kind and patient person and she gave us a wonderful lesson today. It was pretty much a clean up of what you know. How can you make your tricks and your routine nicer, cleaner , where are the tweaks. I got so much out of the session and I took heaps of notes so I didn’t forget by the time I got home. Chantelle and I got to watch each other perform and watching Chantelle was an eye opener. The smallest moves are beautiful when done correctly. Watching her just going up to the ropes from a knee hang she made it look so graceful and elegant.

We did some tissu stuff. Chantelle treats it like fun, I treat it like I’m tackling a boa constrictor. How did this art form ever take off? I do want Chantelle to show me how to get down like a Bond girl though I do fancy that.

Now the big news. The bigger than Ben Hur news. The biggest bestest most fabulous news is that Circobats are moving their triple trapeze from Scotch College to Sir Donald Bradman Drive which is where we train now. To say I’m a little excited would be an understatement. OMG!!!!!!! The things we will be able to do on that baby. I have already googled triple trapeze images and I have plans for the next year of classes and I’m thinking Christmas Show!!!!!! Could we do something for that! Goodness I’m doing a lot of breathing exercises to stay calm and cool but I have to say this news has made Trishy a very happy camper.

Thank you Chantelle and thank you Tazi for making my Saturday afternoon fantastic.


2016 Blog 2 Flat Out Happy


At the end of my class on Saturday when we were absolutely exhausted I said to my long suffering training partner Chantelle I’m pooped. She said so am I. I said you know what that means? She said ‘Home time?” I said it’s time to train more on tired muscles. She said it’s time like this I forget why I like you.

I jumped up on the trapeze and did some eccentric pull ups (that was a little eccentric of me dontcha think?) and Chantelle joined me and I realised that nothing made me happier than this. I have had an hour fifteen of great exercise, lots of laughs, I had trained until I was exhausted and then I had trained some more and that my friends makes me happy so so happy. I like strength, I like fitness, I love trapeze and I love jokes and I get it all in my Saturday afternoon class. I just remember thinking as I jumped up to do some more exercises it wasn’t oh yuck I don’t want to do anymore it was pure happiness and you know how sometimes you go through crap and you think you’ll never be happy again and then voila happiness comes back. It’s very cool.

It was another brilliant lesson but before the lesson was Friday night open training and we got to see Alex and Persia’s routine and wow it’s amazing. I’ve seen bits and pieces before but this was just about the whole thing and my goodness it’s a knock out. Persia does this amazing hoop routine, then Alex wows them on the trapeze, then they both do this amazing acro routine and then they do a tissu routine and it’s like the music takes you from one apparatus to the next. I would dearly love to go to Melbourne to see the whole thing but it was pretty cool seeing what we saw Friday night.

Now onto our lesson. I told you last week we are doing more ballsy moves well our Saturday class is becoming no place for the faint hearted. Fortunately a very smart chap once told me don’t go into any moves that you don’t know the way out of as long as I can get out of a move I’ll pretty much give most things a try. There’s been a few moves that I have run away and said oh that’s a bit dose of nope.

We looked at our pull overs, I’m working on an argyle design – yes? Turns out Chantelle and I may have been doing them a little bit the hard way and it may well be now that we’ve learnt an easier way to do them they may arrive a little sooner than I was expecting. So that’s nice.

Then it was on to the chips move and the star fish move. We pretty much ran a comedy skit working out what the chips move was and what the star fish was and it didn’t help with me thinking that the star fish was called sun flower and my goodness I thought we were going to have to start using sign language to get ourselves understood. Alex fixed the problem by saying there is no sunflower move so lets just do chips and star fish and then we’ll all know what we’re talking about.

So Chantelle goes first and does a beautiful chips and oh my goodness do you know what I’ve just realised we did star fish and chips, fish and chips and I didn’t pick it up at the time – argh! Ok so she did chips and it looked gorgeous. When I did mine I kind of felt like a half dead fish in a net. Alex said I looked ok I’m not sure I bought it. Then we did my sunflower, Chantelle’s chips and the actual star fish. Chantelle goes into this move so effortlessly and a big dose of nope was standing right next to me. Regardless me and nope got up to do the move and I have to say nope was yelling when I did it, man that move hurts. Yes it looks pretty but the pain factor is a little high. I couldn’t do it all the first time I tried it so it’s pretty cool I got it this time. Nope didn’t make an appearance for the next move though – dun dun duhhh!.

So I have a friend called Jessica who is a bit of a whiz at trapeze and because she doesn’t realise how good she is she thinks everyone can do what she does. So she has this move called the Carousel and for as long as I’ve known her she’s been saying Trish do the Carousel, you’ll love the Carousel. So I’ve watched her do it on video and pretty much put it in the nope category. I watched her do it in person and thought yeah like it but still nope but this Saturday for some scary psychic reason Alex says hey let’s learn the Carousel. If I find out that Jess has been chatting to Alex look out Missy.

So Alex demonstrates and I’m thinking no bloody way and Chantelle is looking like she’s thinking the same thing and Alex says you’ll be fine which is Alex speak for I’ll catch you if you fall. Anyhoo I found out the escape path, Alex demonstrated it a couple more times and then it was our turn. I did it and pretty much buggered it up, that my friends is my gift to the world. I make other people feel better by buggering things up first. Chantelle gets up and does the whole thing perfectly and I thought – right it’s on. Have I ever mentioned that I am almost pathologically competitive? Who am I kidding there is no almost in that description. So I get up and bugger it up only slightly less than previously but I’m a little happy that I’m still alive and I have to say it’s a really cool move so Jess is right.

We did our routine and now Alex has put something quite spesh in it. We’re going to change trapezes and do a cartwheel to get to each other’s trapeze and wow colour me impressed. I now have to practice on the trapeze Chantelle uses otherwise I’m going to be falling off the perch all over again. I had an option to the cartwheel I could have done a fan roll. I’ve never heard of them but Jeeze they’re pretty. I should probably learn them they would be handy to have in your repertoire.

I love these lessons I go back to my property afterwards and I muck animals out and slosh about in gumboots and think about being up in the air doing pretty stuff, it’s awesome. I didn’t have to run away to join the circus I just drive into the big smoke, get my fix and come home again.

2016 Blog 1 Circobats – An Amazing Class run by Amazing Teachers

I had such a wonderful time at trapeze class today and on my way home I gave thanks to the Universe for having this class and I planned my Face book post to say thank you for it. As I wrote the post in my head I realised that it was getting longer and longer and I thought go back to your blog Trishy you are obviously missing it.

So I’ve been going to this once a week aerial class in Mile End Adelaide. It’s run by a group called Circobats. It was supposed to be an aerial class where we also do tissu as well as trapeze and they have other aerial stuff there too but I am a trapeze girl through and through so even when my training partner goes off to do a little tissu I stay and play on the perch.

I’ve had a few trainers while I’ve been there and they have all been these talented females who are also great teachers. My training partner Chantelle is perfect, she’s funny and nice and we have a ball together. She also sometimes translates the moves so that I can get them quicker;

Her – “Trish aim your chest to the floor for this one”

Me “Oh cheers Chantelle”

Chantelle runs two dance schools and is a ball of energy.

Our first trainer was Alex and she was my introduction to Circobats. Then she took off for a tour to the USA and we got her sister Zoe, also lovely, also a great teacher. Than Zoe gave us to Tazi, another great teacher and she started to teach us a routine! There’s nothing routine about learning a routine! Boom Trishy’s still got it. I have wanted to learn a trapeze routine for a long long time and voila the Universe provided it. Alex eventually came back from her tour and took over from Tazi. We continued adding to our routine and Alex started to introduce us to some very cool trapeze tricks.

Each week we do conditioning and flexibility and then it’s time to play. Some things you need to be strong for, some things you need to be brave for. Some things are pretty but hurt, some things are easy but look hard, some things look easy but hurt like heck. Alex showed us a move that Chantelle and I call the Straddle of Doom and I kid you not it’s like a Royal Show ride, like people should pay to do it it’s that much fun.

So what happened today that can’t be contained in one itsy bitsy Face Book post? Well truth be told some of it happened last night at open training. Now a little preamble if I may. I never went to a circus as a kid at least not after the age of ten. When I was ten and my family went to the circus I sat in that audience and watched a man hit a lion in the face with a stick over and over again and I thought at aged ten this is wrong. From that day forward I never gave a cent to a circus that had exotic animals in it. I think you could make a good life for dogs or horses in a circus but that would be about it. Anyhoo along come Cirque Soleil with it’s animal freeness and Trishy got to go back and see circuses as an adult. This means that I have not seen much live circus and when I do I appreciate it perhaps more than someone who has seen it since a child. I don’t know but I was blown away by what I saw last night.

Alex and Persia are working on this routine. It’s an acrobatic routine which to me looks like a magician’s trick. I’ve seen people throw moves that work or don’t but are over in the blink of an eye. This routine is slow and strong and beautiful. I tell you it’s mesmerising. The moves are perfect to the music and one minute they are being strong the next moment there’s a dance move, then Persia does the splits while Alex is on her shoulders and I think bloody hell. Alex gets onto Persia’s shoulders and like balances and Alex is upside down and even after Alex and someone else has explained how they do it, I think WTF? How do they do that? It’s magical and it’s beautiful and it’s worth more than a face book post. I’ve also seen Alex and Zoe do some lovely stuff during open training it’s been very cool to watch them.

The second reason I’ve gone back to blogging about circus is because of what happened today. I got a one on one session with Alex and Zoe was there too and that gives you another person to bounce ideas off of. I’ve had lessons from Alex that have been funny or exciting or a bit of both. This lesson was very interesting for several reasons.

Firstly Alex kept giving me these tweaks on some of the moves. Little variations that cleaned up the move beautifully or made it rock solid when before it had been a little  wobbly. You would hardly know I was doing them but they made all the difference in the world. It made me wonder what little tricks and tips do these performers have that the public don’t notice that polishes their routine. I found it fascinating. A way to make my gazelle more stable, a way to make the splits prettier and more stretched out. Look at the bar, lower that leg, little things that made such a difference.

The next thing that I thought was very interesting is that I am becoming as deaf as a post. This is providing me with a whole new trapeze experience. Alex will say things, I will mishear her and then go on regardless. She’s figured this out now and when I write things down she checks and corrects.

Me – What music did you use Alex?”

Her “Dramatic”

I write, she checks and changes it to Gramatik without making a fuss about it.

There is a move maybe it’s a drill and I would have passed a lie detector test if you had asked me what it was called. I heard it called as Bird’s Feet and when Alex demonstrated it I thought well that’s a stupid name it’s nothing like bird’s feet. Apparently it’s something Beat maybe Back Beat but I still haven’t figured that one out.  Anyhoo, no birds. no feet.

Then we had faulty catches and I thought that sounds dodgy. Is this how not to be faulty? Is Alex going to pretend to spot and then run away? Is that the fault? Alex thought this was pretty funny and thinks we should now call “Fall to Catcher’s” Faulty Catchers. See being partially deaf gives you a whole new take on the situation.

But wait there’s still more and this would have been a bloody long face book post. The last thing that I realized about today’s lesson is that I feel like we have moved into new territory with what we cover in class. Chantelle and I have the strength we need to do most of the moves and now Alex is showing us some stuff that we just need to be brave to do. It reminds me of the Mark Twain quote;

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.                   – Mark Twain

There are very few things I like more than being afraid of something and then doing it anyway. It’s a complete rush so hello static trapeze you are the perfect activity for me.

So Alex did this really cool move and I thought yeah right mate I can’t see me doing that. Then she gave me the tweak as to how to make the first move more rock solid and all of a sudden piece by piece I was doing this super speccy move and I thought how the hell did that happen? It was all just put a foot there and a hand there then let that leg go and shazzam – move be mine. The fear factor was strong though because you have to let go of your anchors and sail forth but the reward is a beautiful trapeze move that you did not believe that you would ever be able to do.

It’s an amazing class run by amazing teachers and I am incredibly grateful for it.