PITTSBURGH — In May of this year, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its doors after 146 years of operation. At the exact same time, the custom of circus arts as exercise — incorporating trapeze, the lyra hoop, rope or aerial silks — has never been more popular.
“Circus arts as an available type of workout probably didn’t start popping up until the last couple of decades,” said Kelsey Keller, co-owner of Iron City Circus Arts on the South Side, which opened last month, about two weeks after the Ringling Bros. circus closed. “It’s something that they have seen in the movies or on TV but did not realize it was available in their hometown.”
Keller and her co-owner, Jenly Deiter, both had dance backgrounds as kids, but fell in love with aerial arts as adults. They had been instructors at Fullbody Fitness in Brentwood, and purchased the business when the owner was ready to sell|They bought the company when the owner was ready to sell, and had been instructors at Fullbody Fitness at Brentwood|When the owner was prepared to sell they’d been instructors at Fullbody Fitness in Brentwood, and bought the business|When the owner was prepared to sell, they had been teachers at Fullbody Fitness at Brentwood, and bought the business. They eventually|They dropped some of that studio offerings|the other offerings of the studio, such as Zumba, to focus on the circus classes, which had taken off in popularity|focus|concentrate.
They both quit their day jobs –Deiter as a social worker and Keller, who has a doctorate in biophysics, in a lab — to run the business, rebranding it as Iron City Circus Arts. They moved into the area|moved on the South Side, which has higher ceilings to allow for much more|for dramatic|for plunges|allow down ropes and silks|silks and ropes.
Other articles you might like;
- Colour-changing tattoo ink could help people with diabetes
- Scientists reveal THIS technique can make you lose 2.5st in four months – without dieting
- ‘Alexa, what’s my blood sugar level and how much insulin should I take?’
- The Truth Behind Common Apple Cider Vinegar Uses You've Likely Heard Before
- Eating red onions ‘can prevent cancer’ and could protect against diabetes and heart disease