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Flying trapeze instructors open business in Salisbury

  • Johann Hepner, of Reading, Mass. reaches out to Don Dinh, one of the instructors at Fearless Flyers Academy on May 5, 2013. Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Johann Hepner, of Reading, Mass. reaches out to Don Dinh, one of the instructors at Fearless Flyers Academy on May 5, 2013. Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month in Salisbury.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month in Salisbury.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month in Salisbury.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Ally Dinh controls one of the wires while working at Fearless Flyers Academy on May 5, 2013. Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. Dinh and her husband Don started the company. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Ally Dinh controls one of the wires while working at Fearless Flyers Academy on May 5, 2013. Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month in Salisbury. Dinh and her husband Don started the company.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month in Salisbury.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month in Salisbury.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Johann Hepner, of Reading, Mass. reaches out to Don Dinh, one of the instructors at Fearless Flyers Academy on May 5, 2013. Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Ally Dinh controls one of the wires while working at Fearless Flyers Academy on May 5, 2013. Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. Dinh and her husband Don started the company. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Fearless Flyers Academy, a business offering classes in trapeze, trampoline and aerial skills, opened this month  in Salisbury. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

For those who wish they could learn to fly, Salisbury now has just the place: Fearless Flyers Academy.

On Saturday, Ally and Don Dinh held their first official flying trapeze classes at their new business, located at 350 North Road. The new school will offer classes in flying trapeze, aerial silks, Olympic-level trampoline and static trapeze.

Classes will be offered every day of the week, and people can sign up for individual lessons or get a membership. Opening their own business offered the Dinhs freedom to bring new elements to flying trapeze and aerial silk. Both Ally and Don have been certified by U.S.A. Gymnastics, and they hope to bring more of an athletic background to the activities. Trampoline became an Olympic sport in 2000, yet there still are not many facilities in this area that offer training at the Olympic-certified level, Ally said. Right now, Fearless Flyers has three instructors including the Dinhs, and all have been certified by U.S.A. Gymnastics.

Ally Dinh spoke with the Monitor about the couple’s new business venture:

Why did you decide to start this business?

We’ve worked in the industry for about the past seven years, and we were working down in Massachusetts and we decided we really wanted to be able to do our own thing and open up our own business. We wanted to also be able to use our love of the trampoline, which we have recently gotten into, and be able to kind of teach that and bring Olympic-level trampoline up north into New Hampshire. There are only a few Olympic-level trampoline training facilities in the country, it’s rather new to the Olympics.

What are the different lessons you offer?

Our premiere program is the flying trapeze, so we offer flying trapeze classes for beginners to advanced levels. We also offer trampoline classes, beginner to advanced levels, and then we also offer classes in aerial silks and static trapeze. Static trapeze is where someone will perform a series almost like a dance on a trapeze bar but the trapeze bar is not swinging.

How did you and Don get into this?

We weren’t together at the time, we actually met while taking a flying trapeze class. We both found out about it individually by accident (and) thought it would be really kind of cool. We loved it, and we’ve been part of it in some fashion ever since. We’ve both been performers as well as instructors, and recently we’ve taken our instructor level to the higher level by being affiliated with U.S.A. Gymnastics, being certified through them as professionals.

How is that certification changing what you do?

Everything to do with trampoline and tumbling and all of those safety standards and practices we are now applying to flying trapeze in hopes of making flying trapeze transition from a circus activity to more of a mainstream athletic activity. There aren’t official standards or an official organization that oversees (flying trapeze), so we’re trying to bring our affiliation with the U.S. gymnastics into trapeze to hold it to the same standard that U.S.A. Gymnastics holds trampoline and tumbling.

It sounds like what you offer is unique.

Absolutely. Flying trapeze is becoming a little bit more mainstream; there are a few more schools across the country. (But) as far as I know we are the only school that has all U.S.A. Gymnastics-certified instructors and is doing the full-on trampoline program as well.

Is there a typical clientele for these services?

The recurring clientele are women from their 20s to their 50s, those are the people that for whatever reason just really enjoy what we do. They enjoy the physical aspect of it, the strength building aspect of it, and it’s very social. For most people the misconception is it’s just for kids. We teach kids, we love dealing with kids, but mostly it’s adults that get into it and tend to take the flying trapeze very seriously. For trampoline it tends to be more children who go on and do the more advanced (levels.)

What are the physical benefits of these activities?

Anybody can try the trapeze, all you need to be able to do is hang from the bar. There’s a misconception that you need a lot of upper body strength to do it, we offer something from someone who’s just looking to try. Flying trapeze is really a whole body workout, it really uses your core and it starts to build up your upper body strength as well. Trampoline is a great aerobic activity, because of the bouncing you’re actually working a lot of intercostal muscles. And it’s tons of fun, what we do is super fun so a lot of times people come and they’re exhausted by the end of their two-hour class, but they had so much fun they can’t wait to come back and do it again.

What about flying trapeze made you fall in love with it?

It’s a unique challenge for me – I’m kind of afraid of heights and so at first it was an activity that I could do that challenged me in that way but was completely safe.

You’re in safety lines, you’re up high and you have that anxiety but you’re safe, you’re conquering that fear in the safest way possible and also doing something that’s physically challenging. And it’s exhilarating, just like going on a roller coaster.

What type of performances have you done?

I’ve performed on the aerial silks and that’s been individually, and I’ve also performed with my husband, and then one of the things that we hope to do with Fearless Flyers is to be able to do flying trapeze performances using our facilities as well as our equipment.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I want people to know that this really is an activity for anybody. You don’t have to be super athletic, you don’t have to be super flexible, you don’t have to be really strong. If you want to try it you can do it, we can teach you how to fly. Anybody from age 6 to age 80 can come and learn how to swing on the flying trapeze.

More information, including class schedules and pricing, is available at fearlessflyers
academy.com
or at Facebook.com/fearlessflyersacademy.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

Legacy Comments1

Were the performances with Cirque du Soleil? I would love to send my child but I want to ensure top notch performance training.

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