SATC’s episode #82, “The Catch,” generated unprecedented interest in the flying trapeze all over the country. 6 years later, D.C. finally gets into the action with its own flying trapeze school. Jonathon Conant, President and Co-Founder of The Trapeze School New York, was inspired to start the school after visiting a Club Med while on vacation in 1998 though it took him quite a few years to get his business (literally) off the ground and into a permanent space in Manhattan. Now thrill-seeking Carries and fear-facer Charlottes alike can experience this exhilarating sport thanks to a series of affordable classes for beginners or advanced flyers.
Apparently we have Mayor Fenty to thank for the school’s move from Baltimore to D.C. and after spending the season (April-November) outdoors on the old convention center parking lot, TSNY-DC will move to a permanent home in a heated tent near the Nationals Stadium in Southeast DC. Classes are filling in fast so hurry up if you want to fly 23 ft. above downtown D.C.! And if you harbour secret circus fantasies the school also offers jester and juggling classes 😉
The rig is set up in Penn Quarter at 9th and H streets, on the old-convention center parking lot.