Disclaimer: This post is basically about to give you the tools you need to learn how to be a circus performer. Yep…you read that right. So we’re guessing you’ll probably want to keep reading.
Did you love gymnastics back in the day? Miss the good old dance classes of yesteryear? This might just be right up your alley. And even if you didn’t, you might want to consider giving it a(nother) go, adult-style.
Why? Because Buffalo is now so cool that we have a place where anyone can learn circus arts – The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts. No longer something you just pay to watch, you can actually learn and partake at this adorable new studio located at 64 Fillmore Ave. in Larkinville. Needless to say, we’re obsessed.
Whether you’re hoping to gain physical strength and agility, need another outlet of self-expression, or just want to do something seriously unique and awesome, The Bird’s Nest can and will take you on a new adventure.
They offer the following array of classes to get you in the air and moving:
- Acroyoga –This type of acrobatics requires partner movement, where one person acts as the base who remains grounded, and the other person is the flyer. The base guides the flyer allowing for various creative movements.
- Acro Dance –Whether you’re a dancer or not, acro dance will teach you to enhance your movements and creatively transition from one move to the next.
- Standing Acrobatics –Standing acrobatics is similar to acroyoga, however, the base stays on their feet and supports a flyer in the air.
- Aerial silks –Aerial silks consist of one longer piece of fabric that branches off into two strips, that act as one or two poles to be grabbed by the dancer. The dancers take these fabric strips and wrap them around their bodies, where the dancer can create many shapes and drops.
- Lyra –Lyra involves a metal hoop wrapped in tape and suspended in the air. The performer uses movement to keep the hoop spinning in a graceful manner.
- Dance trapeze –Classes are taught with a low-hanging dance trapeze, a horizontal bar with two ropes hung on a point for rotation. The dancer uses the ropes and bar for support and to allow them to dance in the air.
- Handstand conditioning –A handstand is no longer just a handstand. At The Bird’s Nest, techniques are practiced to develop strength and flexibility, alignment, and balance. . These classes also integrate hand balancing yoga poses, calisthenics, anatomy, and partner work. You do not need to know how to do a handstand to take these classes.
- Pole dance –Pole dance is another form of acrobatic dance combining the dancer’s movements with a vertical pole. Students will learn safety in the pole movements, flexibility, and movement. Students will be able to use static and spinning poles, and learn movement inspired by fitness, ballet, gymnastics, and exotic dance.
According to their website the facility is the first in our region to offer classes in Circus Arts that are accessible for everyone regardless of body type, age, income, or ability. “The Bird’s Nest is a community space dedicated to creative play, movement, and connection,” and aims to “create a safe space that promotes health through non-conventional ways of moving and collaboration.” Personally, we can’t wait to get down with that slogan.
If the above offerings didn’t fill up your schedule already, The Bird’s Nest has plenty more to come. Classes coming soon include flow arts–hooping (not just for jam band concerts anymore), rope & dart and poi, baton and staff, as well as yoga, aerial yoga, and mindfulness.
Basically, the list of offerings at The Bird’s Nest is endless, and we’re pretty positive you’ll be spending all of your free time and hard-earned paychecks right here.
Pro tip: Acrobatics classes are done in bare feet or grippy yoga sucks. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, and bring water to stay hydrated! Each class has specific instructions on what to bring, don’t miss this.
Besides offering a variety of classes, The Bird’s Nest offers a series of special workshops, performances, and events around town too. For more information regarding pricing and scheduling visit birdsnestbuffalo.com.
The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts
Where: 64 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, 14210
Cost: The Bird’s Nest offers Drop In classes where you can take classes at any point in time, though it is recommended to sign up in advance to reserve your spot in the class.
1 Drop In Class – $18
5 Drop In Classes – $75
10 Drop In Classes – $135
20 Drop In Classes – $240
Aerial 6 Week Class Series –$95 – this series covers silks, lyra, or trapeze. These classes should be taken in sequence, as skills build up weekly within the series.