Skyline Trapeze, Dallas’ first trapeze rig, was born out of a desire to bring an aerial training center to one of the largest untapped cities in the country! While Donovan was in Austin training, he was amazed by the number of people who commuted from both Houston and Dallas in order to take part in flying trapeze. As one of the largest metro areas in the country, it seems only fitting that Dallas have its own flying trapeze school and training center. As we expanded to our new indoor facility we decided it was time to rebrand to Dallas Circus Center. We now offer the only flying trapeze rig open to the public in the South-Central United States, along with all forms of aerial circus arts.
Description of Classes
Our generic flying trapeze class is two hours long with a maximum of 1o people. If it is your first time on the flying trapeze we will take the first 5-10 minutes of the class to give you an on-the-ground introduction into what you will be doing. During this time we will go over safety procedures and flying trapeze etiquette. Once you’ve completed the introduction you will spend the remainder of the class taking turns on the trapeze attempting various tricks and then dropping into the net. We allot the last 30-45 minutes of the class to attempting to catch the tricks that you have been working on. As a general rule of thumb, we dictate the speed of the class on each individual’s ability level. If you are afraid of heights and just want to swing and drop, that is perfectly acceptable and we will help you progress at your comfort. If you are picking up the tricks quickly, we will allow you to move on to something different. Since all of our classes are mixed ability levels, you may be learning your first trick while someone else in the class has been working on the same trick for several classes. During the last half hour when we are attempting catches there are a lot of variables aside from ability level – so, if, in your first class, you are not able to make a catch, please do not think this reflects poorly on your ability for you may be overcoming more obstacles than others! Our primary goal is to enjoy yourself – anything past that is just bonus!
Our Aerial Classes are a complete mix of aparatus’ and ability levels. If you’re unsure of what level you should join, feel free to reach out to an instructor – they should be able to guide you after a quick conversation. Aerial Silks classes teach you all of the different movements possible with specialty fabric rigged from our 32′ aerial crane. Lyra is the aerial hoop apparatus that tends to involve more spinning! Corde Lisse is a our aerial rope that is specifically designed for comfort and grip – this is similar to aerial silks, but different in very key ways. Aerial Hammock is made out of the same material as aerial silks, but made with one continuous piece of fabric looped at the bottom (instead of two tails). Spanish web is made out of the same material as Corde Lisse, but with a hand-loop – this apparatus is designed for the most intense spinning! Cyr Wheel is a giant metal hoop which you stand in and make it spin like a coin.
Donovan Chandler, Flying Trapeze, Trampoline, Juggling
As a physics major at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, Donovan specialized in bio-mechanical physics – the physics of a body’s motion. This was the best way for him to merge a joy of physics with an intrigue into the musculoskeletal system, and a pure love for gymnastics. He learned how the body functioned in physiology class, how to manipulate gravity in physics class, and ended his day with gymnastics team practice, putting things in motion. After the Naval Academy, he spent some time at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he learned overhead partner balancing on the cheerleading team. From there, he left college athletics to pursue a career in construction and engineering with a specialization in underground tunnels, while also keeping active by teaching higher-level gymnastics teams across the country. It didn’t take long before this lifestyle landed him on a tunnel project in Washington, D.C. Within the first year, an old friend invited him to a flying class. Little did he know he would begin friendships that would last a lifetime. After a year of working for TSNY DC he took a long-term sabbatical from tunneling to pursue a performing career. Spending the next year touring the country training and performing with various groups, it became clear that, while performing was amazing, there was more that he could offer. It seemed like there was no better time than the present to open a training facility in Dallas where he and others could share some of the knowledge and love of human activity to anyone interested in learning to fly.
Mike Delima, Flying Trapeze
Mike moved to Addison in 2014 as a career stepping stone in Facilities Management. He discovered flying trapeze because of his sport rock climbing community at the beginning of our 2015 season and quickly fell in love. He became one of our best lines pullers and even stepped up as General Manager during our 2016 season. While he has since devoted his attention back to his Facilities Management career (after receiving a significant promotion that requires FAR more hours) he still picks up the occasional trapeze class. Consider yourself lucky if you get to have him teaching one of your classes!
Mackenzie Miller, Flying Trapeze
Mackenzie was working as an engineer for a renewable energy start-up when she took her first recreational flying trapeze class and fell in love with it! The exhilaration and freedom of flying combined with the physical and mental challenge of learning new tricks had her hooked from the start. Mackenzie graduated from the Hockaday School in Dallas, received her B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA and has worked in breadth of industries, from pharmaceuticals to biofuels. As luck may have it, a temporary engineering assignment brought her back to Dallas where she could enjoy flying trapeze full-time! When that project ended she decided to take a break from the traditional career path and pursue her newfound love. She has been with us since 2015.
Scott Rosen, Flying Trapeze, Tumbling, Trampoline, Advanced Handstands, Conditioning
Scott has been a performing acrobat his entire career. He has performed in many places including Disney World (Lion King show at Animal Kingdom), Hollywood (Movie – Step Up 4), and most recently, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Scott was a dance captain on the worlds largest cruise ship when he discovered flying trapeze. For several years he taught flying trapeze during his performance breaks, but with Covid, Scott has retired to land and joined our team full-time. He is still teaching gymnastics and cheer programs throughout the area and has added significant skill sets towards broadening our team.
Eliza Gaston, Flying Trapeze, Lyra, Flexibility
Eliza started training lyra and fabric at Phoenix Dance Studio. Since then, she has gone to the New England Center for Circus Arts and completed years one and two of the ProTrack programs, where she majored in lyra and minored in flying trapeze. She loves to share her passion for circus with her students and watch them grow and reach their goals.
Eleanor Parker, Rope, Silks, Handstands, Conditioning
Eleanor fell in love with aerial arts when she was just eight years old, and her passion for circus has been growing ever since. She is a recent graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts where she majored in rope and minored in tight wire. She aims to help students achieve their goals by emphasizing both technique and creativity. Eleanor joined our team when we opened our new indoor facility. She and Eliza have been instrumental in helping set up the aerial program!
Dave Prusock, Flying Trapeze
Dave joined the Skyline team after taking his first flying trapeze class in 2017. Having spent the past 4 years as a rock climber and over 10 years as a skydiver, he immediately felt comfortable flying high over the trapeze rig. Dave also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, and used to spend his days working as a Telecom Engineer for a major US provider. In 2019, Dave left his 9-5 to start his own woodworking business. He has since expanded to working for an aluminum CNC shop. In his downtime, he can still be found in his garage wood shop, absolutely covered in saw dust. Next time you take a class, be sure to admire the amazing front desk he created – and check out his Etsy page, LavaWood Creations.
Kate Jones, Flying Trapeze, Photographer
Kate joined the Skyline team in the summer of 2018, after taking classes for about a year. Prior to trapeze, she spent seven years rock climbing. Kate has her BS in International Political Economy, is the HR Manager for a small local college, and is working to complete her MBA in her spare time. When not working or studying, she continues to rock climb, and enjoys crocheting.
Bill Dawson, Flying Trapeze
Bill joined the Skyline team after being introduced to flying trapeze on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship while serving as an indoor skydiving instructor. Bill joined the team in 2016 and became a phenominal catcher! Bill has almost 20 years of experience as a professional skydiver. He holds several world records for big-way skydives. While he has largely retired from both skydiving and trapeze, we keep him a part of the team because his personality is large enough to fill the tent when he blesses us with his presence!
Shayna Ambers, Flying Trapeze, Photographer
A native of Frisco, Texas, Shayna graduated from Independence High School and currently attends Texas A&M University where she is a never-ending, professional student – studying English and Psychology in hopes of teaching high school one day in the far, far future. As a dancer for the past 17 years, Shayna has performed numerous times around the country and continues to choreograph for various performances around the state. She started trapeze when her little sister bet her she wouldn’t try it in Florida one summer – so she obviously had to – and fell in love with it! We keep hoping one day she’ll decide she has enough degrees and will move back to Dallas so we can see her more often.