Soarin' Santa barbara

Let's Fly

Chris Milam


MEET CHRIS! Chris is one of our fly instructors over here at SBTC. 

Originally from Brandon, FL., Chris was introduced to trapeze at a young age. His mother was a flying trapeze artist for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Watching her soar through the air piqued his interest and he’s been hooked ever since. Chris dove right into teaching at the shy age of 18 years old and has been teaching since! He loves meeting you all at SBTC.


Hobbies: Any kind of competitive games, Treasure Hunting, Fishing, Gaming

What’s your spirit animal?: I would say a Leopard given their versatility

What’s your favorite aerial trick? Flyaway Rudy

What are a few words to describe you/personality? Easy Going

What’s your guilty pleasure “Call Of Duty” on Xbox

Go to a karaoke song? Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang or Regulators (depends on the night)

Anything unique or interesting that makes you tick? Always seeking Adventures, of any type

A motto you live by: Let’s Roll The Dice!

Exploring Flying Physics

Uncover the principles of flight as students delve into gravity, force, and momentum concepts. Our interactive workshops break down the physics of trapeze movements, allowing participants to design their own mini-experiments. Experience the thrill of flight while gaining insights into balance, pendulum motion, and trajectory.

Engineering Heights and Industrial Equipment

Engage in engineering challenges inspired by trapeze structures. Students design and construct mini-trapeze rigs, applying principles of stability, load distribution, and structural integrity. As a unique addition, participants gain hands-on experience with our industrial lifting equipment, learning the mechanics and engineering behind erecting a full trapeze frame. This practical encounter equips students with valuable skills for real-world applications.

Mathematics in Motion

Mathematics becomes an adventure as students calculate angles, distances, and trajectories essential for trapeze maneuvers. Engaging activities employ geometry to predict a swinging trapeze artist's path and optimize movements. This integration enhances mathematical thinking and spatial reasoning, demonstrating the beauty of math in action.

Artistry in Aerial Expression

Embracing the "A" in STEAM, students explore the artistic dimension of trapeze. They craft choreographed routines that intertwine movement, music, and storytelling. This segment encourages creative expression, emphasizing the pivotal role of aesthetics in fostering innovation.

Culminating Showcase

Culminate the program with a captivating showcase where students celebrate their newfound trapeze skills and present STEM/STEAM projects. Witness their growth, confidence, and interdisciplinary talents as they share their accomplishments with peers, teachers, and families.