Swinging Trapeze 1


This class is taught by:

Elena Panova

Born in Murom, Russia, Elena Panova is a graduate of Moscow's Circus and Variety College, where she specialized as an aerialist. Under the guidance of the famous training tandem of Tereza Durova and Viktor Fomin, she created a groundbreaking swinging trapeze act that redefined swinging trapeze as it is performed today all over the world. Elena won a gold medal and the Ministry of Culture award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 1987, and the gold medal at the 1988 All-Union Circus Artists Competition of the USSR. For over twenty years, she has performed in major circuses and variety and theater shows on four continents, including the Moscow Circus, Circus Knie, the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris, Circus Carré in Amsterdam, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, and the Big Apple Circus. She has also been a judge several times at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Elena moved to the United States in 1991. She started teaching at Circus Center in 2004.

Swinging trapeze is performed on a heavy trapeze that is in constant swinging motion. Tricks include body drops caught either by the hands, the ankles, or the heels, and occasionally combined with various pirouettes or saltos. It requires good body coordination, upper body strength, and a good sense of timing, all of which are acquired or improved during classes.

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval.

Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Flexibility for Every-Body, Trampoline.


Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Oct 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova
  • Fri Nov 03 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova
  • Fri Nov 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova
  • Fri Nov 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova
  • Fri Dec 01 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova
  • Fri Dec 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova
  • Fri Dec 22 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Elena Panova