You don’t see a whole lot of cartwheeling, juggling or aerial trapeze happening at the average gym. And that’s probably for the best. No one wants to get kicked by an errant cartwheeler while enjoying some personal time on the treadmill.
But if you want to BE that errant cartwheeler (or juggler or acrobat or trapeze artist) then sign yourself up for a class at Circus Maine.
Circus Maine is located at Thompson’s Point in Portland, the same location where you might have caught one of those mesmerizing Circus on the Point performances and been wowed by the aerialists, the clowning, and the acrobatics.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to try that,” you CAN, thanks to Circus Maine’s adult circus arts classes.
Circus Maine offers several classes for grownups: adult fitness, aerial foundations, intro aerial fabric, tumbling, hand balancing, Chinese pole, mime, clowning, and wall trampoline. See them all. (There are also youth classes.)
Each class is geared toward beginners and will not only teach you new skills, but you’ll also work on overall strength and flexibility, which means you’ll get one heck of a workout while learning something new and cool.
Classes are taught in multi-week sessions (the fall session begins Sept 5 and runs through Dec 14), and you can drop in to most classes (some classes have a one-time-only drop-in option).
I had the pleasure of taking the adult aerial foundations class this spring with instructors Sierra Nicholls and Mel McGovern. The class covers four different aerial apparatus: silks, straps, lyra (aerial hoop), and trapeze. And each was wonderfully challenging and wildly fun (and a few left bruises in the knee pits and hip creases, which I wore like badges of honor, even though no one else could really see them).
Each class focused on a few specific skills, be that climbing the silks or learning to squeeze our heels to our butts on the lyra or trapeze. And each week, I think we all surprised ourselves with what we could do (and yes, it was also surprising to watch Sierra or Sam demonstrate a move that looked fairly easy, only to discover it isn’t all that easy). There’s quite a bit of aerials humility. But each week I left feeling stronger and steadier, and proud of the progress.
Video: Learning drops!
Circus Maine Adult Classes
Circus Maine, Thompson’s Point, Portland
See all the Circus Maine classes at circusmaine.org