Blog 8 Our First Ever School Holiday Session

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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.

 

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Blog 6 We Put Smiles on People’s Faces

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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 4 We Start Them Young at TSAST

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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

 

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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.

2016 Blog 1 Thor Seems to be Pissed

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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.

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 13 A Perfect Day

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There are days when I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I truly completely absolutely without doubt love trapeze. I have never felt more at ease, more at home or had more fun than flying through the air on my beautiful Venus.

Today we had Alli and her son, Jessica and her son, Liam, myself and Nick. The weather was hot but not so bad it would put you off flying.

We set the net up in good time and we were working to a purpose. In two weeks time we will be running our first practise session to see how we will perform as instructors and I am as nervous as hell.

I started with the lines and made a complete dog’s breakfast of it so I’m going to practise visualising it in the week to see if I can get it that way. Unfortunately my run of poor performance continued onto the platform where at one point I pretty much threw poor Alli off the platform. Thank goodness for the safety lines and the net and Alli’s reflexes. Oh well it’s all learning and I’m sure we’ll be all right on the night.

My TSAST team though did so well and I am so proud of them I have no doubt that they are going to be excellent instructors. Now onto the fun stuff.

Liam totally rocked my pink hat which he used to keep himself safe in the sun. He looks better in that hat than I do. Jessica and Alli looked so beautiful flying through the air I kept getting distracted from my platform duties watching them. Nick is so patient with his training and we all feel like we’re improving.

Nick gave me a great big present today. Last week I flew through the air without lines and I thought that was pretty darn cool. Last week we also learned how to catch the bar by ourselves and launch by ourselves and I thought that was pretty cool. Today right at the end of training he said do you want to turn around on the bar or words to that effect. I can’t remember exactly what he said because I freaked. I have wanted to turn around and change direction on the bar forever. FOREVER!!!!! Now he didn’t give me any warning that he was going to offer this so I had no mental prep time and I knew people were getting tired and would want to go home. So he says do you want to and I seized the day. I carpe diemed that offer right there right then. No flies on Trishy. Yes Nick I said I really really do. So he set me up and off I flew out into the wide blue yonder and because he’d set up the safety lines I just turned and then readjusted my grip and then I was heading back to the platform!!! OMG can you believe it?? It was so wonderful, so fantastic, so much fun. I could have swung up there forever. I was meant to do trapeze. I got two goes at it then we packed up. I doubt I’ll get any sleep tonight I’m just floating on air.

I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who made this happen. Trapeze is fantastic, it’s flying, blog readers out there you simply must try it.

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 12 So Much Going On

 

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Blog 12 So Much Going On

A friend of mine asked me how was training on Sunday and I said wait for the blog. I thought there’s too much going on and I didn’t want her to miss anything so here goes. I’m pretty much just going to list everything because otherwise this blog will end up being a novel.

Of very great importance to me is that we have finally named the trapeze. Her name is Venus and Nick came up with that because of the Venus Fly trap which is kind of perfect but I like the name too because Venus is the Goddess of Love and Beauty and I love Venus and I think she’s beautiful. Henceforth I shall pounce upon anyone who calls her an ‘it’. We also now have a perfect team song with Bananarama’s “Venus’ I was bopping along to that all day Sunday.

We have decided on the shirts, OMG and there was no blood letting or arm wrestling involved. I haven’t shown the shirts to the team yet but I’m hopeful they will like them. We were looked after very well by EmbroidMe on Grenfell street so cheers Kate, you’re a patient woman.

Now onto Sunday training. I set up the fly bar and I was dangerously full of myself after that job unfortunately I managed to run over and chip one of our stakes so that brought my ego down to mortal proportions.

We had a guest star on Sunday from Circus Oz and I thought that was a bit spesh. Pip was so nice and by golly she was in good shape. I haven’t envied a physique that much since we had a workshop from a Cirque du Soleil woman who had lats to die for. Pip showed us some beautiful swings and this cool twirly thing and we all oohed and aahed.

Liam cut his hand and still managed to pull lines and call the trick at the same time, that was very impressive.

Lynley kicked ass doing lines, the board and some tricks.

Emily showed all round prowess giving everything a go and even minding children, feeding a horse and showing the kids a blue tongue. Definitely an all round performer that one.

Pete and Sarah were back for round two of trapeze training. You could see how much Sarah was improving every time she swung it was amazing.

Pete set up the catch trap and that’s not an easy thing. He and I were also given the opportunity to learn how to leave the platform without any assistance. That was exponentially cool because you throw the bar for yourself and then off you go and I thought yes I like this very much indeed. For my first time I didn’t quite understand the instructions and went flying off the platform when I was just supposed to grab the bar but what a rush.

Peter certainly proved his value because I have a habit of leaping before I look and he pointed out a couple of times you’re hooked on some lines you need to untangle first.

I also got to have a chance at flying without lines and my goodness did I enjoy that! A big thank you to Nick for saying ok to that. I never wanted training to finish.

Nick did some catching and I could have done that all day. I need to remember to keep some water up on the platform because I was as thirsty as hell but I didn’t want to lose any time getting a drink while catching was going on. Do you remember when you were a kid at the pool and you were diving off the platform into the water and then you’d scramble up the ladder to have another go? Well this is exactly like that and it’s the same feeling.

This reminds me I made a very important discovery. Valuable trapeze minutes were being lost by me needing breaks so this week I took snacks and coffee out there and I didn’t need any breaks at all – huzzah!

After training we had a meeting to discuss how we were going to open the business. What I really appreciated here was that everyone got a say, people didn’t talk over other people and nobody rubbished other people’s ideas. It was a good vibe and Pip said it best when she said you have a good bunch of people here and I thought you’re right there Pip.

Up coming events include a training session where we get to dress up, our first go at running a trial session with pretend customers, Halloween and a Christmas session. I’m so pumped for all of this.

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 10 So Much Frickin Fun

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Training started today with me getting a step by step account on how to set up the net. Nick managed to break it down into a seven step process and pretty much wrote my first procedure statement for me, huzzah!

The next activity took me back to my days in the scouts where I could not tie knots for love nor money. Nick not being afraid of a challenge decided he was going to teach me how to tie a bow line knot which completely stumped me until he started speaking Primary School talk, ie the rabbit goes in the hole and then around the tree… then I started to get it. I also got shown how to do a trucker’s knot and for me to keep this information in my head I’m going to need to practice these during the week. It’s pretty cool learning this stuff and any would be instructors for TSAST are going to need to know how to do this too.

For training we had Emily and Liam and then when James and Mel arrived I thought we might get to do catching today as the weather was perfect. It turns out that we did get to do catching so I was a very happy camper.

I had some goals going into this training session and one goal was that I was going to work the lines for several people in a row so I could get this in my head as the first time completely terrified me. I had a fly and I was just about to scuttle up that ladder again and I thought no you set a goal, do it. Give it a half an hour. So I put on the gloves and I asked to have a go and my goodness my whole neck was sore because I was concentrating so hard. You really need to have several goes in a row though because you do it and Nick or James will tweak what you did and then you improve and you do it again and eventually it starts making sense. Nick was a complete bugger and said try calling one. No I said I just want to do the lines this week I’ll call next week. Call it he says, no I says, we often have these discussions and then while I was mid no I thought well why not. You have James right here to make sure nothing goes wrong why not try it. So I did. I made a complete hash of it but I did it and the next time was a little better and then James demonstrated again and he was so bloody smooth. Can you imagine how proud you can be of yourself if you’re nervous about doing something and then you do it? You feel like you’re on top of the world.

I have known Liam for a while now and we have long been fitness buddies. He knows exactly what to say to make me happy so when he arrived at training and he had got himself a coffee and some sun cream and he was good to go he comes up to me and compliments me on how well the paddock has been mowed it’s been manicured and pedicured he says and then he spies Charity my horse and he says something like Charity is looking so beautiful today and that’s it. It’s like saying a magic password to making me happy. Your horse is beautiful and I see you’ve mown the paddock. Liam is brilliant.

Emily wore a T Shirt that could well have our first team motto on it. The shirt says Don’t Be a DNB and it’s a Rhonda Rousey shirt. So of course I ask what does DNB stand for and Emily says it’s an expression from Rhonda Rousey and she says Don’t Be a Do Nothing Bitch. I love that I’m just not sure if I would have to ask permission from Rhonda Rousey if we were to use it as our team motto.

Now while I was learning all sorts of things from my training partners Nick also had some wisdom to impart. Nick is always early to training and he catches me out because I like to set up the stuff before everyone arrives. I said to him at he start of training Nick you’re always early. He says if you’re on time you’re late. I waited for the clarification and it came. If you’re due to start work at 10.30 and you arrive at 10.30 he says you’re late for your shift because you need to put your bag down and get yourself organized so he makes sure he always arrives before start time so he can start right on the buzzer. I thought that was a very useful tip.

Regular readers of my blog know that I do circus training as well playing on a flying trapeze. In circus training part of what we do is train in strength conditioning. This is inspired by Ido Portal’s training involving bullet proofing of the body. I have had many falls and I don’t seem to be getting injured these days using these techniques. Now I’m not trying to tempt fate here but during flying trapeze training on Saturday I came off the net and missed the mat and landed really heavily on my feet. I was trying to do a speccy net dismount. It hurt like crap and I’m pretty sure people in China heard me wailing about it. I went and soaked my feet in a bucket of water for a half an hour thinking they’re broken, how can I train, do I need feet for trapeze? My team mates (apart from Liam who is a very kind soul) were not remotely interested because I fall on a pretty regular basis and I thought yeah whose going to feel bad if these feet end up being broken but after half an hour they were fine again. I was up I was trapezing. Because I was so nervous about a photo shoot I was doing at the end of the day I fell again in the horse enclosure and again nothing broken nothing sprained, this morning I’m barely sore. I have two cute little bruises on my feet and that’s it. Now you think about the risk of older people falling over and not getting up again I reckon everyone should be using Ido’s methods. If you get a chance go to one of his sessions or find a trainer who will use his methods they’re awesome.

Do you know what was freaky about the photo shoot? I wanted to do that photo shoot to teach me to be happier in my own skin. I broke it down into steps, get the outfit, get the photographer, be willing to wear the outfit in front of people and be willing to get your picture taken then maybe publicly show the photo. I never expected to enjoy the task and as I got changed and Nick put on my makeup and Emily wrestled with my hair I realised I was enjoying myself. It was great to be made a fuss of and Sasha Pazeski the photographer had such a wonderful energy that I wasn’t nervous at all I felt like I had known him forever so thank you Bianca Newton for connecting me to him. A big thank you also to Nick Armstrong and Emily Frank Surnette, my very own makeup/hair/coaching/spotting and support team. What I learned out of the experience is that bodies come in all shapes and sizes and they’re all beautiful. Size does not dictate worth, beauty or function, size is just size. Revelationary stuff! The photo I have included is a shot Nick took if I get something speckier from Sasha I’ll be sure to share.

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Thank you for reading we have some very cool new videos on the TSAST face book page just look up The South Australian School of Trapeze.