Written by Colleen Maidhof, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00It might not be a traditional sport, but visitors to Eisenhower Park are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.
Ann Marie Cagnazzi from Bethpage is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”
Over a year ago the 30-year-old resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together.
“After trying a beginner class, I got totally hooked,” she said. “I always saw it at the circus, but I had no idea that I could do it too.”
Her experience in gymnastics in secondary school and springboard diving in college made the experience both familiar and new.
“Being on a trapeze is like gymnastics in the air,” said Cagnazzi. “When I first tried, I was nervous, but my worries subsided once I got into it. I fell in love with it.”
Even though the trapeze is far from the ground, Cagnazzi always feels safe.
“There is always a net underneath you and a harness on you,” she said. “Someone on the ground also controls your harness. If you fall, they will catch you and make sure you land softly.”
She finds the exercises refreshing, and further enjoys the connections she has made with other members.
“It clears my head and gets me out of my everyday routine,” she said. “I made many friends at class, and we go out together afterward.”
I.FLY instructors teach their students tricks that enhance confidence and skills. Being precise is important.
“A lot of it involves timing,” she explained. “You have to jump off the board at the right time and the catcher has to be in the right position.”
Cagnazzi does not plan to join the circus, but she plans to continue to enjoy classes at I.FLY. “I don’t see myself ever stopping. I hope to learn harder tricks and get better,” she said. “I think everyone should try it. It’s the most fun ever.”
I.FLY, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, has programs and workshops for children ages 7-16, adults and mixed ages. For details, visit www.iflytrapeze.com. The phone number is 516-640-6995.
Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has frustrated commuters for years with it’s ridiculous fares, limited trains and constant problems, especially during the rush hour ride home.
Though the MTA is making an effort to add more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
After surviving the “Cold Blooded” episode last week, the eight remaining contestants on Ink Master faced off in a “Flash Challenge” testing their ability to use finesse. The tougher the situation, the more finesse an artist needs to create a masterpiece, and this week was no exception.
Artists were given five hours to tattoo amputees. The residual limb left behind after an amputation can be badly traumatized, unusually shaped and scarred. The artists were challenged to create a phenomenal tattoo on the residual limb to make these amputees love the part of their body they are missing. Although all of the contestants created beautiful designs, Bethpage’s Erik Siuda’s incorporation of the scar tissue and pre-existing tattoo into his design showed the most finesse.