Has the state of the economy got you down?
Maybe you should run away and join the circus.
For real: The Florida Circus Art School just launched adult classes.
Taught by Eugene Baranok, a veteran of the celebrated Moscow State School of Circus, the sessions bring back your monkey-bar-swinging youth while toning your very adult ass.
Learn to swing from the trapeze, walk a tightwire, spin in a German wheel, and climb the silks (a la Cirque du Soleil). Our favorite: acrobatics. Hooked to a harness, you can emulate a 14-year-old Chinese gymnast, performing walkovers, handsprings, and full-on flips (with a little help from a waist-lifting pulley).
The school, housed in a warehouse, will happily host parties. Or take a group class (with no more than five people) for just fifteen bucks.
No clowning around.
Florida Circus Art School, 15381 Northeast 21st Avenue, North Miami Beach (305-944-4606 or floridacircusartschool.com).