To schedule your private stilting lesson, contact Peter Jehlen at 617.947.1191 orpeter_jehlen@openaircircus.org. | 67 Dane St, Somerville. Public transit: 86 bus to Dane Street. Visit openaircircus.org to learn more.

Combat me, bro

OPENAIR Circus also offers adult stage combat classes for those more interested in clowning around. In a beginner offered on Tuesdays at Nunziato Park, students learn the basics of creating the illusion of combat, including safety and different moves and stances. Once you have completed a session of classes, you can move up to the intermediate level. Jehlen points out that both stilting and stage combat offer a variety of benefits for the participants. "Any kind of physical activity you get to enjoy is going to be better for you than sitting on the couch watching TV, so that's a big part of it," he says. "The other part is just learning something new." Think of it as a different kind of workout and a way to avoid breathing in the Charles on a run or being judged by gym heroes. If nothing else, you could learn some fun party tricks.

To register for the adult stage combat class, visit openaircircus.org. Jehlen suggests that the sooner you register, the better. | 67 Dane St, Somerville. Public transit: 86 bus to Dane Street.

Cirque du corporate

You can even bring the circus to you. Upon request, Simply Circus of Newton can hold a general circus for a party, community, or corporate event. The classes include contortion, trampoline and acrobatics, and even unicycling. "We gladly cater to specific needs and will customize trainings for businesses," says the circus's director, Steven Santos. (It sounds like it: they recently had a restaurant staff learn plate spinning, and a law firm take flexibility classes.) Simply Circus also hosts board retreats that encourage employees to alternate between circus classes and workshops on issues within the office. If you want to host an event near you, Santos suggests "wide open spaces" such as ballrooms and cafeterias and assures that Simply Circus will provide all the necessary equipment. Not near a ballroom? Simply Circus also offers their gymnasium in Newton as a venue. If you're tired of spinning in your swivel chair or linking paperclips for fun at work, ask your bFour oss to book a team-building exercise or field trip with Simply Circus.

To book a community or company event at your location or Simply Circus's gymnasium call 617.527.0667 or e-mail info@simplycircus.com. | 86 Los Angeles St, Newton. Public transit: 57 bus to Watertown yard or commuter rail to Newtonville.

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