Hi, I’m Felicia Coe. I have Cirque Wonderland, in which I get to dangle upside down and perform with fireplace — professionally.
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Here’s the offer, circus is for everyone and for each body.
When you think of the circus, you could feel of clowns and small autos, lions jumping through rings of fire or rhinestone-clad performers swinging from ropes in the sky. All those are the roots of traditional circus. But, as most factors do, the circus has progressed. Nowadays, everyone can be a section of the circus devoid of actually managing absent.
Certainly, I stated everyone.
Numerous people feel circus arts — specially aerial arts — are inaccessible to the common person. But I’m here to convey to you or else.
I train aerial arts, companion acrobatics, fire dancing, and other circus disciplines for a dwelling. I’m also a performer and event director. I’m rather certain I have the coolest job in town, and I freaking appreciate it!
Circus has been the most pleasurable and empowering practical experience of my existence. I get to be imaginative, shift my body, dance, be foolish, obstacle myself and execute genuinely neat items alongside some actually great individuals.
When I convey to men and women what I do for operate the most typical thing I listen to is, “That’s awesome, but I could in no way do that.” They then proceed to explain to me how they are far too outdated, way too large, far too out of shape, way too damaged or far too uncoordinated to try out. And I get it. It’s an daunting exercise.
Which is why we launched Not Your Ordinary Aerialist to introduce far more folks to the pleasure of circus. This course is reserved for folks with exclusive bodies and talents who prefer to commence their aerial journey with other non-classic pupils. Much larger bodies, more mature bodies, bodies with disabilities or persistent illness are welcome to be a part of. Taught by curvy instructors who can present modifications to make aerial artwork obtainable and successful for every person and every physique — we meet up with you suitable exactly where you are now and make circus arts obtainable to absolutely everyone.
The vibe is in no way competitive and the individuals are always supportive and encouraging. Not to point out what it is finished for my assurance, psychological health, toughness and total well remaining. I hear related stories from our students and in the studio every single working day.
Staying a component of this group, educating this artwork, and passing on these presents is arms-down the best section of my job.
What exercise helps make you come to feel like you can conquer the environment? Notify me at [email protected] or on Instagram or Twitter at @iowaflygirl.
My Best A few: Circus capabilities you can observe on the ground
1. Prop Manipulation: Juggling, hula hooping, and my private most loved, poi, which are simply just balls at the end of ropes that you twirl around (in some cases on fireplace!). All of these expertise help make improvements to coordination and concentration with no extravagant devices. Any of these props can be obtained from our professional-store, or you can Diy a poi just by putting a tennis ball in a long sock.
2. Lover Acrobatics: Also known as AcroYoga, this self-control demands a spouse to use as a “base” to guidance fun and exclusive poses. You likely played “plane” as a kid or with your little one, exactly where 1 man or woman balances on the ft of the other to fly. We present AcroYoga speed through the colder months and there is an active nearby community that methods in parks during the summer season. The team can be discovered under AcroYoga Des Moines on Fb.
3. Contortion: Actual contortion needs a ton of expert coaching, but stretching as a complete is a great mild way to engage your body in motion. We give in-individual and virtual stretching courses and for those wanting to tiptoe into top, we offer Aerial Yoga, where a small suspended material is used to help and guide yummy full body stretches.
We offer you all of these classes in the studio and some are obtainable practically for you to knowledge from the ease and comfort of your very own residence! Are we missing some thing? Convey to me about a unique movement course you’ve taken at [email protected] or on Instagram or Twitter at @iowaflygirl.
Try to eat this, Drink that
Egyptian Toast at Large Acai — $5. A mouthwatering just take on avocado toast: cashew garlic aioli, piquante pepper, dukkah seasoning, and of study course avocado spread on a generous slice of toasted bread. Just down the street at Major Acai in Valley Junction, this is my go-to food for extensive days at the studio.
Get it: The cafe serves its rendition of avocado toast every single Monday by Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Foxy Blonde Belgian Wheat at Fox Brewing — $5. Fox Brewing is practically correct (actually left) next door to the studio and Cunning Blonde is a crisp and refreshing beer which is effortless to get pleasure from after a course or bike journey.
Get it: The brewery pours on weeknights commencing at 4 p.m. and on weekends at midday.
I devote a ton of time in Valley Junction — what’s your favourite hidden gem? Send me your favorites at [email protected] or on Instagram or Twitter at @iowaflygirl.
48 Several hours Off
Thursday night: Get in the vacation spirit with Jingle in the Junction in Historic Valley Junction. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, and regionally owned stores will continue to be open late for all your holiday getaway procuring requires. Plus, you can stick all-around for hearth and aerial performances by me and Cirque Wonderland!
Friday night: “It is a Amazing Life” by Iowa Phase Theatre Co. plays all weekend at Stoner Theater in Des Moines. The radio participate in edition of George Bailey’s tale exhibits how essential a person lifestyle is to a community and how crucial the community is to just one lifetime.
Saturday morning: The Winter season Industry at the Artwork Terrarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As considerably as I am concerned, you can never ever have as well numerous houseplants, but if you will need nearly anything else to end your vacation buying, there will be various area makers and artists at this party. Test out vintage parts from VZZ Classic, soy candles and wax melts from Max Candle Co. and screen prints from Desire Chatter Press.
Hit the Street
Consider a road trip to McGregor, a charming tiny town alongside the Mississippi River and the birthplace of the 5 Ringling brothers you know, the ones who established Ringling Brothers Circus. Just off Principal Street lies a historic marker and a railroad wagon spending homage to the infamous circus. It was only all-natural that I would stop by and check it out when I was in the space final summertime discovering numerous legendary hikes, together with Bridal Veils Falls in Pikes Peak State Park and Effigy Mounds Nationwide Monument.
All around City
My Day Work
After a decade of juggling a comprehensive-time profession while constructing my small business, I will be 100% self-employed starting Jan. 1! You’d think spinning a ball of fire close to your head or catapulting yourself toward the earth with almost nothing securing you but a specifically wrapped piece of fabric would be the scariest factor I do, but it’s got almost nothing on using the leap to becoming self-employed. Next week, Melody Mercado, who covers metropolis governing administration for the Sign up, shares her mystery sites to discover Puerto Rican meals.