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September 30, 2013

Flying high

Outdoor trapeze school sets up in Salem

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The couple have extensive backgrounds in teaching and athletics, from martial arts to acrobatics. They are both certified as Olympic-level trampoline coaches and judges.

They previously worked at the Trapeze School New York in Jordan’s Furniture in Reading but broke away to start their own school this spring. They move their trapeze rig around the area for lessons, summer camps, and team-building programs for businesses and other groups.

The couple met — of course — through trapeze. They both “got hooked” on the sport after taking a class, Ally Dinh said.

“We just love what we do. There’s nothing better than teaching a flying-trapeze class,” she said, breaking into a smile. “We’re a school. We want to teach people about this, to learn the art of trapeze, install a love of trapeze.”

Coming to Salem is a win-win, Ally Dinh said. They’re bringing something new to an under-utilized spot in town, bringing in revenue for the Parks and Recreation Department, and gaining exposure for their business.

They also plan to start an after-school program to offer free trapeze lessons to Salem Public School students. The Dinhs have contacted SPS administration, hoping to start a pilot program in October.

The couple said they’d love to set up in Salem again next fall.

In Salem, a two-hour lesson with Fearless Flyers is $39 on weekdays and $45 on weekends. They teach anyone, from beginners to professionals, Don Dinh said.

The Dinhs teach every lesson together, they said.

“Anyone can do this,” Ally Dinh said, gesturing to the towering trapeze rig. “It’s a lot of fun, great exercise and builds great community.”

City councilors mentioned the trapeze school briefly at their Sept. 12 meeting and suggested its possible impact on the neighborhood be discussed by the council’s subcommittee on community and economic development.

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