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Letting Go And Flying

As long as I can remember I have been enamored by the flying trapeze.  When I was a little girl, I watched in awe and thought “I want to do that!”.  Last week I caught Cirque Do Soliel’s performance of Ovo at the Santa Monica pier and my passion for the trapeze was reignited by an amazing flying act.  So, I figured – “what am I waiting for?”….

Trapeze School New York has a location at the Santa Monica Pier and they were gracious enough to invite me to make a life-long dream come true.  Once again, it is the “people” that participate in these adventures either as instructors or students that enhance the experience.  I was surrounded by positive, supportive, encouraging folks that helped me to have the confidence to just let go and fly.

My incredibly adorable and shirtless instructor Ryan began the session by sharing that trapeze is not about physical strength; it is about listening and timing- you must pay attention to the cues being given and trust yourself to execute the move.  Kind of an interesting metaphor for life in my book.

After a safety review and basic introduction on the ground, I climbed the ladder to the top and started to fly.  The hardest part for me was trusting that I would be held up enough to simply let go and grab the bar (hmmm- another metaphor?).  As long as I listened to my instructor calling out the commands from below me and executed them when I was supposed to, everything was going to be just fine.

I was thrilled with mastering the knee hang and would have left with an amazing sense of accomplishment.  Shirtless Ryan informed me that it was time for a “catch” and that I was ready.  I trusted Ryan and I believed in myself and went for it.  I am still high as a kite 🙂

Letting Go and Flying!



  • Marianne

    OMG, Emily! That is soooo cool! Love the catch! You’re a brave gal!!!

    • Emily Kaufman

      SO much fun and such a great challenge physically & mentally. The instructors were super supportive and terrific teachers 🙂