Gorilla Circus - The Primal Side of Circus

Debs Richards

How did you get into flying trapeze?
I fell into it. I’d travelled to America to teach gymnastics and ran away with the circus instead. I like flying and catching for the adrenaline and the fun factor – it’s awesome, and I get to be high up. I’ve performed internationally, mainly Australia, UK and most recently Bahrain.

What tricks do you throw in a show? Which is your favourite?
My show tricks are Split, Forward Over, blindfolded Pelican, Full Twisting Layout and a Flexus return. My favourite is the Full Twisting Layout.

What do you like best about teaching flying trapeze?
I love thinking outside the box. It’s great to be able to give a previously unthought of nugget of advice that clicks with the student and makes the trick magically work.

What advice would you give to someone who’s on the fence about trying flying trapeze?
‘Get off the fence!’ Seriously though, it’s one of those things you have to try at least once.

What feedback do you give the most often to students?
Make it look pretty, point your toes and SMILE.

Tell us something wise that you learned from flying trapeze.
Everyone looks daft the first time they try to swing. It can only get better.



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