Lewisville Texans can learn how to fly.
Skyline Trapeze hosts flying trapeze lessons for the public and trains international aerial artists for shows and performances. Skyline partnered with Lewisville’s Zone Action Park to set up a temporary, outdoor trapeze rig next to the amusement center’s batting cages.
With a special event permit from the city, the trapeze school will operate until Aug. 6. Come Aug. 7 the city council will decide whether or not to allow Skyline Trapeze a year to teach at 1951 N Summit Ave.
“You don’t have to be in phenomenal and great shape,” owner Donovan Chandler said. “If you can jump up and grab hold of a pull up bar and just hang there for 20 or 30 seconds, then you’re going to be able to take one of our classes.”
Students have come in as young as 3 or 4 years old, Chandler said. One student celebrated his 91st birthday at the training facility.
“Our students are clipped into the safety line 100 percent of the time,” Chandler said. “Our philosophy is if you’re old enough to climb a ladder unassisted, then you can fly.”
Two-hour classes range from $50 to $70, depending on the day of the week and whether you’re a returning customer. There are also rates for private classes, such as birthday parties or corporate events.
Chandler was a collegiate gymnast before pursuing underground construction and engineering, which he did for five years. He said he continued to teach gymnastics across the country and eventually was introduced to flying trapeze. He’s been a trapeze artist for the past 10 years.
Chandler opened Skyline Trapeze in 2013 in Dallas’ design district, where the school stayed for its first year and a half, he said. After the city didn’t renew the school’s permit, Skyline Trapeze moved to Addison.
Skyline Trapeze stayed in Addison, where Chandler said he hoped to open an indoor facility, for two and a half years. Addison did not renew the school’s third annual permit though, initiating the move to Lewisville.
Addison’s assistant director of development services, Charles Goff, said the town was very interested in having the company there, but Skyline Trapeze did not provide permanent plans for development as was originally agreed upon.
“We worked with them even though their temporary rig didn’t really comply with zoning requirements. We sort of let them in on a temporary basis while they worked through those [permanent] plans,” Goff said. “We kind of drew the line and said you need to come forward with something or you need to find another solution.”
Goff said he was unaware Skyline moved to Lewisville.
Chandler said he is working on getting an indoor circus school built adjacent to Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. Construction on the permanent facilities would start sometime after 2020, Chandler said.
The partnership with Zone Action Park will continue for as long as the city permits Skyline Trapeze to do so. Once city council decides whether or not to allow Skyline Trapeze a year-long special use permit, there will be an opportunity for a one-time extension for a maximum of a year if the permanent facility is under construction.
Those interested can book a class online. For more information, email SkylineTrapeze@gmail.com or call 214-771-2406.
Editor’s note: This story originally stated the wrong date for city council’s decision. This story has been updated to reflect the correct date, Aug. 7, as well as clarify the timeline set forth by the city staff. The story has also been supplemented with comments from Addison’s Development Services department.