Suzi Winson, the director of the circus arts training facility Circus Warehouse says she gets a call once a week asking if she has any trapeze artists "hanging around." It may not seem like the circus is a growing trend, but the circus arts continue to delight crowds from Cirque du Soleil to Broadway shows.
"There's traditional circus and contemporary circus and there's all kinds of things in between. It's very hot right now," says Winson.
People often say to me, 'what are there, three or four circuses out there? There are hundreds of circuses and people ask all the time for performers."
Since starting her business in 2010 in Long Island City, New York, this former ballet dancer and Broadway performer has hired teachers from former Olympic acrobats, to burlesque dancers, to legendary Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey trapeze artists. The Warehouse offers acrobatic balancing, juggling, ballet, trampoline, silks, aerial hoop called "lyra" and many kinds of trapeze.
She also offers classes to who she calls, "the athletically-inclined public".
Winson says, "It's not really a place for people where they've never moved and this is their first thing because you will be hauling your own weight and getting your butt over your head at some point."
"You will come out with a few bruises, scratches that you didn't have before and you have to like that sort of thing," says Winson.
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