Soarin' Santa barbara

Let's Fly

Shane Weaver

Born in Australia, a region notorious for its adventurous spirit, it’s only fitting that Shane sought the thrill of trapeze at the age of 18 and learned under some of the best aerialist in the world. His athletic and performance training extends far beyond flying as he has a vast education in many ground circus art forms. His appetite for extreme sports is insatiable and doesn’t stop there. Shane was the Australian Speed Waterskiing Champion before becoming a trapeze artist, further proving his love for feeling the wind in his face and the thirst for the thrill. 

After becoming head flying coach and lead instructor over the years at various Circus Companies and Trapeze schools, he created quite a name for himself and traveled as a sought-after guest instructor at some the most prestigious flying schools in the US.

But don’t let his daring façade fool you. Behind his high-flying exterior, Shane is extremely grounded and offers a compassionate way of teaching at the Rig. With a background in life coaching, there is an ease and wisdom in him that really connects with all who come fly with Shane- Director and co-founder at Santa Barbara Trapeze Co.

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.