Performances and workshops at Canopy Studio

It looks like a lot is going on this summer at Canopy Studio, the community arts center that focuses on flying dance trapeze. This Saturday at 8 p.m. the Canopy Studio Repertory Company presents "Flying Local," an aerial dance show set to recorded performances of Athens musicians. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before showtime.

The "Colorful Hat" comes to Canopy Studio on Monday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. This show features former acrobats from Cirque de Soleil -- identical twins Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion (pictured below) plus Serenity's husband Bill Forchion. The twins will present a new award-winning double trapeze act called "Dos Chicas," and the Forchions will present a partner acrobatics act illustrating the ups and downs of love. This show also features comedian Connie Freeman Prince, known for appearances in "Get Serious" and "Finding Graceland." Regular admission is $15, students are $10, and kids are $6, and tickets should become available for purchase online.

Canopy Studio is also holding beginner trapeze workshops on July 26 and August 9 from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. The cost for either is $25 and no experience is necessary. You can register 15 minutes before the workshop or preregister by providing your contact information and the date you're attending by e-mail to info@canopystudio.com or by calling (706) 549-8501.

Canopy Studio is located at 160 Tracy Street, between Barber Street and Wynburn Avenue.

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