Q: You've been teaching trapeze at 5th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue since August?
A: I was invited by the property owners. They had done some flying trapeze and felt it would be neat, and contacted me about setting up trapeze rigging here.
Q: Is this a seasonal gig?
A: Yes, we're here until Nov. 3 and then returning next April.
Q: Who are your clients?
A: One of my regular students is a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology. I have young students who take classes at the Philadelphia Circus School, and they're adding flying [trapeze] to their repertoire. Mostly grown-ups, but some kids. Male and female, ages 25 to 55.
Q: Tell me about the classes.
A: They're group classes, but everybody learns individually. My classes are 10 people max and are held daily except Wednesday.
Q: How much do classes cost?
A: $60. I have a discount card that offers six classes for $295.
Q: How many clients?
A: I sold more than 1,200 spots just for the two PIFA events. I have 20 to 25 regular students who come twice a week, and each class is two hours. Then I have another tier of students who come regularly but not as often as twice a week.
Q: What's the biggest challenge you've faced growing it?
A: Moving this business from a rural setting to the inner city is a different ballgame. I had to invest in security fencing, two layers of fencing, because people could get hurt if they came in and tried to fly. It's dangerous if you're using [rigging] without supervision.
Q: How many employees?
A: I operate with independent contractors. I probably have four or five who are around all the time and maybe five guest instructors who come on weekends occasionally.
Q: How big a business is this?
A: Up to now, it's been between $40,000 and $60,000 a year, but we won't do that much this year.
Q: Where do you see the business in the next couple of years?
A: I would like an indoor location so I can operate year round. You need high ceilings, 40-foot ceilings . . . so I'm looking for a 10,000-square-foot building with 40-foot-high ceilings.
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