Fly through the air with the greatest of ease… Get your feet off the ground on the flying trapeze…

My favorite time of year is here!  With the spring comes a chance to soar 25 feet above the ground on the flying trapeze.   Northern Bucks County provides a beautiful backdrop for learning to swing in the open air as Fly School Circus Arts opens their 4th Spring season on Saturday, May 5, 2012.   Opening day lessons are a special price of only $45 (down from $55 per person). What a great deal!

“Flying trapeze lessons are a great activity that develops inner courage, trust, attention to detail and a sense of accomplishment,” said Fly School Executive Director Mary Kelly Rayel. “Trained instructors provide a motivating and inspirational atmosphere where students can open their mind and challenge their body.”

Last year, I did just that — I challenged my body, mind and expectations not once, but twice!  WATCH MY VIDEO.

The first time I flew in Center City, soaring through the buildings on Broad Street as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.  I always enjoy challenging myself with new and different activities — and the trapeze seemed like the ultimate adventure.  During the lessons, I went up four times and learned everything from the take-off, to the swing, to basic positions, to the drop.  My start was a little shaky, just watch the funny video!  However, by my fourth and final time  I improved my technique enough to get caught by the catcher. What a thrill!  As soon as my feet touched the ground, I thought, “I want to do it again!”

My second chance came when I took a group of friends for a fall day in Bucks County.  Before the pumpkin picking and cider sampling, we went to Fly School for a group lesson.  I started mentally practicing the entire week leading up to the lessons.  I also started stretching my legs, as I wanted the perfect Facebook profile picture (LOL).  When I set foot on the board, I was psyched and ready.  This time when they said “Hop” I hopped right into the air and flew like a bird.   The only thing that could have made it better was a fun pair of colorful, quirky circus socks!  (I had to leave something fun for 2012 didn’t I?!)

This year, I plan on getting in on the high-flying action once more.   The Spring season runs May 5 to the end of June, although Mary Kelly hopes they might unofficially open earlier.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Fly School Circus Arts runs lessons out of Lions Camp Kirby, 1735 Narrows Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972. Information, schedules, and booking are available by visiting or calling (215) 262-7353.

Tip: On your way to Lions Camp Kirby, check out the great shopping, food and other tourism attractions that beautiful Bucks County has to offer.

Disclaimer:  No monetary compensation or in-kind items were provided for this post.  

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