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.

Blog 8 Our First Ever School Holiday Session


So now it’s done and dusted and we can mark another first off the board. The South Australian School of Trapeze has held their first school holiday session. May I give an enormous thank you to the instructors, parents and participants who made it happen.

The instructors were wonderful. I had Kristin, Jess and Liam. Liam is a personal trainer, was called a lovely young man by one of our bystanders and is a good man to have around. Jessica runs her own circus school (Firefly Performing Arts) and brings organization, efficiency and fun to the team. Kristin has experience working with young flyers and did a wonderful job up on the board with Jessica while Liam did the lines. I truly count myself blessed to have these people involved. They are also just a hoot and a half and make for a fun work environment so it’s pretty cool.

Our parents were amazing. They sat and watched their children for two hours. I saw them support their children if they were scared and cheer them on when they flew. Thanks parents you were fantastic!

The participants were pretty awesome too. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer first group to work with. I had ladder duty so I spent a lot of time with them. I heard them cheer each other on, be supportive and congratulate each other after they had flown. I saw children who were quite scared of doing something, pull themselves together, climb up that ladder and do the job and they were so proud of themselves afterwards. It was a real privilege to witness that.

I was exhausted by the end of the session and by going through this experience we have learned a lot of things that we can do to improve the experience next time. I’m so glad I did it and from the feedback we received it sounded like everyone involved enjoyed themselves. This was something that I created from an idea and it’s so cool to have an idea and bring it to life. We’re planning to do this again in the next school holidays and we may well run extra sessions to cater for the demand.

In other news I’m still trying to find out how many people would be interested in a weekly class, either Fridays or on the weekend. If this sounds like something that would appeal to you please let me know. If you are interested in our two hour introduction session please contact us via our face book page, our web page, our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

We do have something quite exciting coming up but it’s secret squirrel for the time being until we confirm it. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.


Blog 6 We Put Smiles on People’s Faces


If you had a job or you owned a business that put smiles on people’s faces you’d be pretty happy wouldn’t you? Our Flying Trapeze business puts smiles on people’s faces it’s very cool.

On Sunday when we were running a session I watched people as they finished their first swing and then went back to tell their friends about it who were waiting in line for their go and these people had enormous smiles on their faces. I thought I have put something in South Australia that has made people happy and that makes me happy.

We have a new instructor in training so a big congratulations go out to Andrew. He has a rock climbing back ground and is monkey strong so I think he’ll fit in well.

I need to send an apology out to poor Liam who brought a bun for us all to eat after the session and I just about ate it all. I have it on my list to buy the bun for the next time I see him. It was one of those pull apart super soft things with icing and it was more than this little camper could resist.

Jessica has made us a web site and it’s great. I love the way she’s laid things out and the colours and the fonts. It’s got a carny feel to it and it’s brilliant. Go check it out at http://www.southaustrapeze.com/. Thanks Jessica.

The school holiday day is going great guns. I have about three spaces left. So if you’re interested please get in contact.

I’m also starting to look at how I can run a weekly class for people who want to come along, get fit and be shown how to do flying trapeze. They would learn everything from flying, the board, doing the lines and eventually catching. If you would be interested in a weekly class please get in touch via the contact details below. At this stage I’m thinking of running a class 11.00 oclock Fridays weather permitting.

If you would like to come along and learn how to fly either as a class or a two hour introduction session please contact us via our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.

Blog 5 Kurt’s Fundraiser


My friend Kurt is off to France to perform a show he was in for the Fringe. It’s a real honour to be asked to go and the performers need to fund their own travel. Kurt is quite the entrepreneur at times and he organized a group of friends to fly at a discounted price to raise funds for the trip. We ended up today with a class of eleven people and they were a lot of fun.

The weather was a touch cold and I think I need to investigate buying some work hoodies. The rain and the wind stayed off though and it looked like everyone had a ball.

Alli’s son came and while she worked he just kept himself amused he is such a trooper. I wanted to have a workplace where people could bring their children because I’ve seen a lot of women stop training when they have children because they can’t find anyone to mind them or child care costs too much. Oliver went from adult to adult with everyone being charmed by him. At one point Nick was watching the knee hangs and he just stood there holding Oliver’s hand and Oliver was happy just to stand there with him, it was lovely.

Oliver showed me what he can do on the practice bar and I kid you not this two year old can hang from the bar. I was spotting him so he was completely safe but he just did it over and over. I couldn’t believe his strength. He’s going to be a circus performer when he’s older I’ll put money on it. He even helped pack up at the end of the day. I’m going to have to put him on salary. At the very least I should get him a shirt.

It was such a lovely day. Our 26th of June spot has filled up but if you would like to come and fly please contact us and we can organise a session for you.

I mentioned last week that we’re going to run our first school holiday program. This program is a modified one from the general public one and is designed for children. We will run it on Tuesday the 12th of July. Spaces are starting to fill so if you’re interested please get in contact. If you would like to come along and learn how to fly please contact us via our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.


Blog 4 We Start Them Young at TSAST


The weather was beautiful for flying today. Jessica came back after a big absence and it was like she’d never been away. She worked on her hocks off trick and it looked beautiful.

Both Jessica and Alli had brought their children who are five and two respectively. Alli talked about how when they are older we can give them pocket money to help around the property and they are already helping with the set up and the pack down.

When we had all had a go Amelia Jessica’s daughter had a go and that girl ran to the ladder. Today she was hanging from her knees, it was amazing. Wave to Mummy Nick says while she’s hanging in the air and wave Amelia does.

Alli said look at Oliver he is so jealous. I thought at two years old? No way. Two year old Oliver then goes and puts a belt on and I thought uh oh. We all had a go at saying, when you’re bigger, Amelia is five and you are two but there were tears and hugs and Alli said does this remind you of how miserable you were when you couldn’t fly and I thought yes Ollie I totally feel your pain. Anyhoo Nick says does the belt fit? I test it, Alli tests it and yes the belt fits. So he and Alli come up with a way that Oliver stands in the net with the safety lines and gets raised up and has a swing. He’s laughing and telling Nick to go faster and it was brilliant. He and Amelia were highlights of the session.

In other news we are running a public session on the 26th of June at 11 am. If you would like to come and fly with us you would be very welcome. Please get in touch via the contact details below.

We’re going to run our first school holiday program. This program is a modified one from the general public one and is designed for children. We will run it on Tuesday the 12th of July. Spaces are starting to fill so if you’re interested please get in contact. If you would like to come along and learn how to fly please contact us via our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.


Blog 3 Laura from the Bunyip came to visit



We didn’t get to fly today because of the stoopid rain but we had a reporter come to visit from The Bunyip and that was a lot of fun. Laura from the Bunyip was a lovely person and she is obviously in the right job because she asked questions that just made me want to talk and talk about Venus and her history and the people involved with her and our future plans.

Nick very kindly came along to help out with the interview and he managed to get a few words in while I took a breath. Listening to him talk to Laura reminded me of his accomplishment. He has managed to train a team of flying trapeze instructors from scratch. I wonder if anyone has done that before. Normally you would come into a school with trained staff and have one new person to train up but he trained all the instructors at the same time many of whom had no flying trapeze experience before. That’s pretty impressive.

When I could talk no more we went outside to take some photos and at least the rain held off for us to do that. This part was a lot of fun too because Nick came up with some fun camera poses. We did some cheesy stuff and then we went on the board for some photos and that is the first time I’ve been up there without a net. I didn’t want to show Laura that I was terrified but I will be most interested to see what my smile looks like in the photos because the smile felt pretty tense. I was so careful not to take a wrong step and not to bump into Nick either. So thank you Laura you were great to work with.

In other news I’m hoping to get our first school holiday program going. I’ve had a good response from people who follow the TSAST face book page so fingers crossed it works out. If you’re in Adelaide over the next school holidays we will be running this on Tuesday the 12th of July. Contact me on the page if you are interested.

We are still running regular sessions when the rain doesn’t get in the way. Our next session is on the 19th of June so please get in touch with us if you would like to come along. You can do this via our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.

Blog 2 It’s All About Working Together


Blog 2 It’s All About Working Together

We had a great day of flying today. James obviously made the appropriate sacrifice to Thor because the weather held long enough for us to have a really good session on Venus our flying trapeze rig. We flew until we could fly no more and that is just perfect. It’s always a shame when you have to stop before you are ready to. My idea of bliss is to fly until you are ready to drop and that’s what we did today.

Today was an opportunity to consolidate what we had learnt previously, so there was lots of time just to do the same activity over and over until you felt like you either had it down or could do it no more.

There was also time to just try some purely fun stuff. Nick suggested Alli try stepping on the first riser when she took off from the board. Mmm I thought that’s new, I fancy that. So I had a go at leaving from the riser rather than the board itself and that teeny tiny bit of height difference makes you go heaps faster. I thought to myself I have a new favourite thing. James who was on the board at the time was unimpressed by my launch and suggested I get the take off better before using the riser again but my goodness did I love it.

James was honing his craft and it all looked pretty good to me. Nick had a couple of goes at life from the flyer’s point of view rather than the catcher. He also did a very speccy drop from the cradle which I’ll put on my to do list for the future.

Alli demonstrated uber multi skilling abilities by talking to her son down on the ground and then launching off the board to do a speccy trick and I thought it’s impressive she can do both roles at the same time. She did some beautiful turn around stuff and getting back on the board.

I got to do the lines while Alli worked on returning from a catch with Nick and this is where the title of this blog comes from. James was up on the board coaching. I was on lines, Alli was flying Nick was catching. For the trick to work we all had to be on the same page and have the right timing. I found it terrifying to watch Alli up there, leaving Nick’s grip turning and heading back for the bar. I was tempted to say no I can’t do the lines for this but I persevered and we all had to communicate well for it to work. James told Alli what she needed to do and what she needed to communicate to me and to Nick. Alli told me what she needed me to do with the lines and then I had James and Nick coaching me on the lines too. It was terrifying but when it worked, when Alli went flying through the air and Nick caught her and then she turned round and I had done the lines good enough for her to get caught it was magical. We had all worked together to make it happen. Flying Trapeze is team work.

I got to work on my “Whip” which after three goes was showing a little improvement. For the first two goes when I fumbled it I had the amazing sensation of falling when I headed for the net. There is just long enough for you to have that feeling of falling and I loved it. You’re in the air and it’s amazing. I know you’re not supposed to fall but I love the feeling.

Nick demonstrated some psychic ability by suggesting the exact right time we start the pack up. Just as I was taking down our sign, one of the last jobs, the rain hit. It was perfect timing.

If you would like to come and try our flying trapeze you would be very welcome. Currently we run sessions on Saturdays and Sundays and you can contact us through our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.

2016 Blog 1 Thor Seems to be Pissed


I cannot believe that it’s been a year since I went to Melbourne and tried the Fly Factory’s flying trapeze. In that time we have organised a flying trapeze to be built in South Australia and we have started a business showing other people how fantastic the flying trapeze is. Very cool stuff and I want to get back to blogging about it. It’s been ages since I’ve written a blog about our beloved Venus.

We started operating in January and just today we ran a session for one of our instructor’s acrobatic friends. These people were a lot of fun, they were adventurous and up for just about any challenge. As well as acrobats we had a couple of contortionists and one equestrian vaulter. These were people who were not afraid to try new things. The instructors for the day was Nick doing the lines and overseeing everything, James did the board, I looked after the ladder and waivers and did the meet and greet. Liam handled the practice bar and subbed out other people.

We had done these work sessions a few times now and it was all very smooth and very stream lined. The one bugger about the whole day was that James our Viking pagan instructor who had invited his acrobatic comrades to come had forgotten to provide the appropriate sacrifice to Thor. This meant that Thor got a little tetchy and sent a storm our way.

Fortunately we started early so people got a few swings in before trees started to fall in neighbouring gardens and we decided to pack up.

We’re going to reschedule this group because it was too windy to do catches with them. One day I will have saved enough money to buy a very large shed to house Venus in and then Thor can do what he likes, we will fly rain hail or shine.

After rain stopped play we still managed to have a little fun juggling clubs, balls and bean bags. I guess rain stopping play is something we are going to have to contend with as part of running an outside rig at least during the colder months.

If you would like to come and try our flying trapeze you would be very welcome. Currently we run sessions on Saturdays and Sundays and you can contact us through our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.