• Nancy Michel

Joining the Circus!

As some of you know, we had the opportunity in 2017 to film an episode of the show Caribbean Life that is aired on HGTV. The episode’s name is “Flying high in Cabarete”. Can you guess why? We spend an afternoon in Circus school at the eXtreme Hotel in Cabarete! (Unfortunately, the episode is not available anymore online. It was season 12, episode 14.)

The eXtreme Circus offers different activities from flying trapeze, circus camp and yoga camps. We had the opportunity to do both the Lyra act (aerial hoop) and the flying trapeze. During the activities you have a professional acrobat guiding you and insuring you stay safe and are having fun!

First up was the Lyra act which is a hoop that is suspended in the air. You climb up in the hoop and then do different figures, hang upside down, swing and all sort of un stuff. It very artistic and graceful, a bit like ballet but suspended in the air. Francois and I each had our own Lyra hoop and challenge each other during the different figures. Because of my years of ballet, this was right up my alley!

The Lyra was a warm up activity to get us in the flow and ready to tackle the flying trapeze. Now, Francois had done this once before so he new what to expect. Me on the other hand, not so much. We had 3 acrobats with us that explained the safety harness, how they controlled the cord that was hook to our individual harness to control our fall and what we would do once we were up on the platform and in the air.

Francois went first, and he executed the flying trapeze like a pro! He got up on the platform with one acrobat and the goal was for him to swing, put his leg up on the trapeze, hang upside down and then reach his arms to catch the second acrobat that was on the opposite trapeze. The third acrobat was on the ground controlling the cord hooked to his harness to insure he would then fall smoothly. He looked so good up there and it was such a trill to have done a catch with the acrobat. He did an awesome job!

Now you are probably wondering about how I did with the trapeze? Not so great, LOL! I got up on the small platform and totally freaked out. I could not imagine jumping out and hanging on the trapeze. The more the acrobat was trying to reassure me that I was not in any danger, the more my body was resisting, and I was in tears. Remember that this is for a tv show and the camera was filming! HGTV were very gracious and did not put that part in the episode so my pride is not to bruised.

All and all, it was a great experience and we had a blast. Will I ever try the flying trapeze again? Never say never, but my bet is probably not and that’s ok! But be inspired by Francois and next time you are in Cabarete, go and give it a try for yourself!

Until next time!

Nancy and Francois

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