Friday, November 07, 2008

Flying - or Almost

I've never had any dreams of flying. My siblings often told me tales of how they flew in their dreams, but I never experienced it. I've dreamed of falling, running, or walking on my toes, but never soaring through the sky. Recently, however, I got to experience the thrill of what it may feel like to fly. Though I was safely attached to a rope, it was still exhilarating - and scary at first - to flip and swing 8+ feet above the ground.

"Biomechanics for the the Performer" has turned out to be one of the more exciting classes. And no, it's not really a science class, though everyone assumes it is from the name! We have hard things to do, like learning names of quite a few muscles and bones, anatomy, massage, and stage combat terms, but we also have a lot of fun with physical things. We start every class with a warm-up, vigorously doing cardio, pilates, stretching, or exercises with big bouncy balls. You never really know what will come next in each class period - it could be learning to safely and harmlessly fight with someone, learning to give a really good massage, playing theatre games, or learning more about the amazing body our Creator has given us, and how to take care of it.

The uniforms we're required to wear aren't that pretty, but they are practical for all the moving we have to do. The jumpsuit keeps our shirt tucked in so that it doesn't fly up as we exercise or flip around, and the things we do obviously requires us to wear pants!

On Monday, we got to play on the trapeze. Everyone was required to at least get on it and hang by their knees, but those that wanted got to try a few more things. It was a bit scary at first to get onto the trapeze, but with a mat below and people standing around to spot you, it wasn't too bad. Once I got up there and flipped into the birdsnest, I was enthused. It was a lot of fun!

This is the first thing I did, called the birdsnest. Surprisingly, it was rather easy to flip into position after watching others do it.

We then learned to do the "teeter-totter" with a partner. It took a minute to get into the position safely, but it was neat to see how it held you up!

And lastly I got to do the "superman." Ready to soar!

It was so much fun, that the next day a friend and I went back to play some more during our free time. On Wednesday, we got to do a little bit more after taking another written quiz over the voice and throat, massage terms, and stage weaponry.

I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to do trapeze again - after all, the only good ones, Dr. Lou says, are hand-made, and not many people have them unless you're in a circus! =) But, it's been a fun experience, a memory that will last.


Miriam Rebekah said...

The trapeze looks like lots of fun, but I'm not sure if I have the muscle required to hold myself up.
I'm glad you're enjoying your classes!

Luke and Michele said...

That would be so much fun! You look like a pro!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Wow looks fun! :)
Thanks for sharing!

I hope you have a good weekend!

Love ya,

Your brother Elijah

sydney said...

That looks like SOOO much fun!!! I've always loved the trapeze...only been on one a few times though. Thanks for sharing the pictures...I love them! ;-)

Glad all is going well for you...keeping you in my prayers.

Shalom! :-)

Victoria said...

Your dad has all this metal left over from building Emmanuel's Chapel...Wouldn't a trapeze be fun !

Hope you have fun in Vicksburg.

Love, Mom

Miriam said...

Anna - Thanks for posting pictures! That looks like a ton of fun:) Maybe you can use it sometime in a play!

Love ya!

Miriam (your sister)

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

What fun! I don't think that is my cup of tea, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Also, I loved your fall pictures! I haven't taken many this fall yet, but I've been enjoying autumn very much. I was posting similar thoughts on my blog yesterday. Isn't it good to get outside and enjoy the peculiar joys of the season!

Anna Naomi said...

Miriam Rebekah: It actually doesn't take that much muscle. You have more than I, and I was able to get up there. It just takes standing on a chair to reach it, then swinging your legs up.

Michele: It really isn't as hard as it looks! =)

Elijah: It was fun! I thought of all my siblings as I did it - it's something you all would enjoy.

Sydney: Glad you enjoyed it! And thank you so much for your prayers.

Mom: I'm sure the good, hand-made trapezes are somewhat expensive, but if you wanted to find one... ;-)

Miriam: I know you'd have fun on one of these. I thought of you and all the ways we clowned around, doing the "elephant walk" and so on. =)

Elizabeth: I'm not the daring, dangerous-loving type, but I did enjoy the trapeze! It's fun to do something out-of-the-ordinary sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I probably wouldn't be able too do it(I'm afraid of heights) but it does look fun!