We are starting classes up again over at Twin Cities Trapeze (719 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, MN 55106) on Monday March 13th! We are offering 3 levels of silks and lyra, triple trapeze, corde lisse to start with, but look forward to static trapeze, workshops and other classes to come soon! Download PDF for details!
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New December workshops with Cade 2016!  This is your last chance to get classes with Cade while he is still at ExperTease Fitness.  That's right, he is moving onto other ventures!  2017 brings many new things including a new teaching location (to be announced).

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PRACTICAL RIGGING for Aerialists, Coaches and Crew workshop!

2016 October - Join us for a 6-hour rigging workshop with Brett Copes, acrobatic and stunt rigger for shows including Cirque du Soliel, Cavalia and Marvel Universe Live.

The workshop will include both lecture and hands-on material, covering ratings and working load limits, dynamic forces, attaching to structures and assessing basic rigging materials. The goal of the workshop is not to make you into an aerial rigger, but to give you information to be able to safely assess a rigging situation, and execute simple rigging systems.

Attendee cost is $150 in advance or $180 at the door (space permitting). To reserve your space and arrange payment, contact Cade of 2 Defy Gravity at or call 612-269-2207

Topics may include:

- Common Dangers and Myths
- Choosing Overhead Anchors
- Equipment Preferences
- Load & Lifting Limits
- Your Tech Rider
- Standards and Certifications
- Rescue Plans

(Hands on)
- Shock Load Testing
- Knots
- Counterweight, Mechanical Advantage and Complex Systems
- Systems Analysis
- Risk Assessment
- Performer Lifting, Flying and Operations
- Proof Loading

The workshop will be followed by an aerial jam during which participants are welcome to use studio equipment.

Workshop is sponsored by 2 Defy Gravity (, aerialist Shadowcat Sophie and ExperTease Fitness (  Event info can also be found on Facebook at:
About Brett Copes of Fight or Flight Entertainment:
After finishing a successful performance career, this former Stuntman, ropes course administrator and theatre technician found a new passion in Acrobatic Rigging and Safety Systems. Over the past 15 years Brett has rigged for stunts, circus and aerial productions, including individual performers and troupes of all sizes. He has worked with Cirkus Smirkus, the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, Flying FX and more. He has also trained with the North American Association of Flying Directors, United Stuntmens Association and RopeWorks.

Brett has over 6 years as a rigger with Cirque Du Soliel, including the shows “O” and "IRIS" and the new CDS venue LIGHT: Las Vegas. Brett also fabricates and designs unique apparatuses, designs rigging systems and works with performers on act development.


Private lessons are offered at all levels. We offer lessons in silks, lyra, trapeze, and acro-balance. We also do group lessons. For more information about private lessons, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

How to Find Us

2 Defy Gravity

Mailing address:

2285 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 612 269-2207


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