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.


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