Examining Pink's High Flying Trapeze Act
By Jo Piazza Posted Feb 2nd 2010 06:21PM
Yup, the singer belted out her single, 'Glitter in the Air' during her aerial acrobatic routine in which she spun from silk drapes whilst suspended in the air, sounding even better than she does on her album.
How does she do it? And what risks is she taking? PopEater asks the experts.
"Other than intense dance training and aerobic training I don't think there is any way to train for something that is so demanding. That was truly a fantastic feat. Not only for the acrobatics but also the singing...and upside down. This was truly one for the books," says veteran dancer David Lee, creator of KD Dance dancewear.
With dancers suspended above her under a canopy, Pink climbed into a white sheet and was lifted into the air. High above the stage she spun through the air, never missing a beat of her song.
Water showered her from above (in her nearly nude body suit) as she began a series of acrobatic feats culminating in spin that made even audience members dizzy.
This wasn't the first time that Pink, a former gymnast, wowed an awards show audience with her acrobatic prowess. She famously flew high above Radio City Music Hall in a trapeze act at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 and her Grammy routine is something she has been perfecting on the road during her FunHouse tour.
The training that goes into a routine like Pink's is intense and multifaceted.
"Yoga strap training, strength training, and endurance are all part of the training. That was a truly unique routine," Lee says.
The answer to the question everyone was asking (after, why was she wet?) is: yes, Pink's acrobatics could be as dangerous as they look.
"Anything can be dangerous if you don't know how to do it correctly and accidents can happen at any time. But both Pink and the producers of the show had to be very confident in her abilities to perform that routine or I doubt it would have been allowed or more telling, insured," says Trish Connery, publisher of DanceChatter.com.
But even the seemingly unfazable Pink was a little nervous on the Grammy stage.
"When I do it [on tour], I don't have lights above me," the singer told PEOPLE after the performance. "Tonight, there were lights above me, so it almost went into a strobe thing, and I actually did get a little turned around." As she was lowered to the ground, she thought: "I was going to fall on my nude butt. But I worked it out."
Singer Pink performs at the "We Are The World 25 Years for Haiti" recording session held at Jim Henson Studios on February 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California. "We Are The World 25 Years For Haiti" Recording Session Jim Henson Studios Hollywood, CA United States February 2, 2010 Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com To license this image (59480646), contact WireImage.com
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