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Harness some fun at Emerald City Trapeze Arts



Lexi Klassen soars into acrobatic fun in Seattle.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

Flying through the air with the greatest of ease turns out to be quite a bit easier than it seems from the ground. The circus artists and acrobats at Emerald City can have your kids swinging and flipping before you’ve even had a chance to quell your own anxieties. But that sharp learning curve is part of what makes trapeze so great: unlike, say, skiing, there’s no ramp-up time; the fun begins with the first swing.

Kids, wearing a harness operated by staff on the ground, learn moves like the Superman and the monkey. As they leave the high platform grabbing the thick bar in two hands, squeals of delight echo around the room, morphing into exhilarated sighs as they gently drop into the net below. The adrenaline is practically visible as kids race to the ladder to try again. Something about the flying, flipping and flopping is addictive, and with each turn kids will learn, improve and want to do more.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

Kaylin Klassen takes a leap of faith at Emerald City Trapeze Arts.

While trapeze classes are open to age 6 and up, older kids (12+) have the opportunity to do a catch: to fly out on their own trapeze and catch the hands of someone swinging on a second one across from them. It’s a trick that looks complicated, but like so much in trapeze, it can be picked up quickly by an enthusiastic learner, and it doesn’t require any particular athleticism (making it an appealing activity for those who aren’t already sports stars).

Emerald City offers summer camps for kids ages 5 and older, winter camps for ages 8 and up, and their regular classes, which start at age 6.

2702 6th Ave. S, emeraldcitytrapeze.com

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