Daringly High / Trapeze Classes

Fly School Circus Arts

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Oct 30, 1965 – Jean Shrimpton Wears Miniskirt to Derby Day

Fly School Circus Arts presents "Daringly High," a high-flying grand finale to their participation in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, Fly School presents two first ever flying trapeze shows within the boundaries of Center City.

Professional faculty and advanced students will present works that celebrate a moment in time dating back to 1965 when model Jean Shrimpton helped change the face of women's fashion and challenged female roles in society. Announced performers include Fly School Director Mary Kelly Rayel, Caitlyn Larsson, Donovan Chandler and Christine Landon. All professional performers will do tricks and exhibit skills without a safety harness as they fly 25 feet in the air.

Admission is $10.00 at the gate for a spot inside the parking lot. Best viewing spots are expected to go early, and tickets are first come, first served until they sell out.

Trapeze shows come hot on the heels of dozens of sold-out classes during the 2013 PIFA. Over 750 adults and children have come to enjoy trapeze lessons that celebrate empowerment, confidence and freedom found in doing the unexpected.

Fly School celebrates the "If You Had a Time Machine..." theme by jetting back to October 30th, 1965, when model Jean Shrimpton shocked the Australian establishment by attending Derby Day, a significant horse racing event in Melbourne, wearing a mini dress with a considerably higher hemline than was acceptable in Australian society. In doing so, she brought global attention to the fashion revolution already underway in Europe, one that was changing the landscape of women's fashion from one of maternal imitation to one of individuality, empowerment, and youthful domination.

Each performance will showcase both the incredible talent and skills of the Fly School staff and the hard earned accomplishments of their students. The student performance will present a variety of skill levels and achievements, demonstrating how Flying Trapeze can enrich and empower the lives of all people. Fly School staff will take it to the next level with a traditional flying trapeze performance where they will astound audiences with professional skill, style, grace, and beauty!

For more information on Fly School, visit and follow @flyschoolcircus.

TAGS: Women
Artistic Credits

Mary Kelly Rayel - Founder / Teacher / Performer

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University of the Arts Empty Lot
313 S. Broad Street
Phila, PA 19147
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All remaining trapeze classes are SOLD OUT.

Thu, Apr 25 & Fri, Apr 26 at 8PM: Fly School Circus Arts Brings PIFA to new heights with first ever flying trapeze shows in Center CIty Philadelphia.

Tickets are $10 and are only available at the gate.