I signed us up for circus class for our anniversary! The Lone Star Circus offers classes in all sorts of things...juggling, trapeze, trampoline, contortion, lyra, and aerial silks. We decided on an intro to the aerial arts.
We celebrated late this year since Adam had to go out of town at the last minute. He kept saying, "Happy anniversary...observed."
This is me on the aerial silks. I learned to wrap my arms up in the fabric, flip myself upside down, and do a variety of beginner tricks.
This is Adam's first attempt to get on the trapeze. He says, "I don't think my legs weigh enough to hold me horizontally."
The moves require a lot of core body strength and balance. I'd say it was a medium-hard workout. It wasn't particularly cardiovascular, but you use a lot of different muscles in positions you've probably never been in before. It was harder than yoga, but easier than....say, Olympic gymnastics. Not like I've tried that.
Adam's a lot stronger than I am, which helped with a lot of the activities. My hands and arms were shaking by the end of the class. I think I liked the aerial silks the best.
I was soooo sore the next two days! I felt like my arms had been pulled out of their sockets.
The classes are held in a huge training facility. Most of the area is used for gymnastics training, and a small portion of the gym is used for circus classes. It was fun to watch the gymnasts tumble and use the bars and balance beam.
Our instructor was Stephanie Stewart. She was so strong and graceful and made everything look so easy!
There's a neat article in D Magazine about Fanny Kerwich, the founder of Lone Star Circus. (That's her in all the red feathers. Check out those arm muscles!) She's an eighth-generation member of a French/Gypsy circus family...wow! She met her husband while touring in Dallas with a circus. He promised to build her a circus if she would stay in Texas with him, and that's how the Lone Star Circus was born. Talk about an interesting love story!
Afterwards, we went to Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant within a mile of Lone Star Circus.
Adam tried yebeg tibs, which is small chunks of lamb sautéed with onions and jalapeño in a spicy butter sauce. I got tibse, chunks of beef in a spicy wine and butter sauce. The meals are served with a variety of vegetables and lentils. We also tried an Ethiopian honeyed wine called tej-it reminded us of mead, and was pretty strong.
It was a good experience. The food was yummy and surprisingly tasty. It was a fun anniversary 'observed'. I'd highly recommend those circus classes if you're an adventurous sort.