Mountain Rec’s Circus Fun sessions offer a fantasy fulfillment workout |

Mountain Rec’s Circus Fun sessions offer a fantasy fulfillment workout

Kids and adults can test their skills on the trapeze, ceiling silks and lyra aerial hoops

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What: Circus Fun drop-in sessions.

When: Tuesdays from  7 to 8:15 p.m. and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Where: Mountain Recreation's Edwards field house.

Details: Drop-in sessions are open to anyone ages 10 and older. Cost is $10 for facility members and $15 for non-members.



EDWARDS — Anyone who has ever dreamed of running away to join the circus can indulge that fantasy on Tuesdays and Fridays at Mountain Recreation’s Edwards field house.

The name of the session is a dead giveaway for the amusements on tap — Circus Fun. The drop-in sessions are held at the trampoline room at the field house and welcome adults and kids alike. Sessions include hands-on time at the trapeze, ceiling silks and lyra aerial hoops.

“The woman who got this going, Leisha Dangol, was a Cirque du Soleil performer in Vegas for the show Love,” said Becky Johnson, gymnastics director for Mountain Recreation.

Right now Circus Fun is a drop-in activity, but if enough interest grows, Mountain Rec will start formal classes. Additionally, Mountain Rec plans a Circus Fun camp for kids this summer. The drop-in sessions have already generated a devoted following.

“It’s the surprise workout,” said Johnson. “It feels like playing and you get your workout in.”

“It’s just the most fun thing,” agreed Alicia Kelley. “I will be two hours into a workout before I even know it.”

Great environment

The tall ceilings and long silk expanses make the Edwards facility a great fit for aerial yoga, Johnson noted. Bring in a trapeze and the site is even more conducive to fun on the fly.

“People can wrap up in the silks and do drops because of the high ceilings,” Johnson said. “New people then see what’s going on over here and think it looks really cool and fun.”

That’s what happened with 11-year-old Jenna Kisker ,of Edwards. She and her 10-year-old sister, Addie, were waiting at the door for Circus Fun to start this week.

“The best part is getting up in the air. The drops are really fun,” Jenna said.

Kelley is currently supervising the Circus Fun sessions because Dangol is trekking through Nepal. On Tuesday, Kelley offered trapeze and silks tips to a trio of Edwards preteens

“They learn so fast,” Kelley said. “It took me so long to learn this stuff.”

They also learned with enthusiasm. After Kelley demonstrated a couple of trapeze skills, Jenna was literally jumping with anticipation for her time on the trapeze.

“I am totally trying that next,” Jenna said.

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