There is a studio near me that teachs skills one might want to try out for the circus....acrobatics, contortion...and last night 2 of my friends and I took an ariel arts class. After a 30-minute warm-up and stretch, we learned to climb ropes, climb silks and strike a few poses on a trapeze. We were sweating and not even realizing it. Such fun!!!
If you're in SoCal, the place is called Kinetic Theory.
Me climbing the rope.
Here's my "Mermaid" pose on the trapeze.