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Best Place to Learn to Fly 

Motivity Aerial Dance Classes, Studio 12

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly? Studio 12's Motivity classes prove that you don't necessarily need wings or to become a human cannonball to do it. Taught by husband-and-wife team Kate and Phil Weglarz, the beginner and intermediate level courses combine dance with trapeze techniques into an unusual art form that's a cross between contemporary ballet, gymnastics, and circus. Over a typical six-week series, budding flyers learn how to balance on and swing from a variety of bars, hoops, and other dangling paraphernalia as well as how to glide and spin through the air with — one hopes — the greatest of ease. The mix of specific drills and freeform improvisation with partner and group work keeps things interesting. And even though the thought of spinning upside down on a bar hanging 15 feet off the ground might fill most of us with terror, the instructors' unintimidating and creative approach makes it easy to climb to dizzying heights.

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