About Our Circus Arts


About Our Circus Arts

Welcome to The Bird's Nest Circus Arts

The Bird’s Nest is a community space dedicated to creative play, movement, and connection. Located in the heart of the growing Larkinville District of Buffalo, this 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. From acrobatics, aerial arts, hooping, tumbling, strength training, and dance, The Bird’s Nest aims to create a safe space that promotes health through non-conventional ways of moving and collaboration.

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AcroYoga, Standing Acrobatics, Acro Dance

Aerial Arts

Silks, Lyra, Trapeze Aerial Fitness and Dance

Handstand Conditioning

Strength, Balance, and Alignment

Pole Dance

Strength, Beauty, and Artistry

Flow Arts

Hooping, Juggling, Poi, Object Manipulation

Yoga & Meditation

Hatha Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mindfulness


Class Schedule

Our Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Our Class Schedule

Class Types

  • Weekly Drop Ins: Most of our classes are open to anyone to join at any time! Level 2 classes have pre-requisites.

  • 6 Week Class Series: Some classes run in 6 week sessions where students can learn skills progressively and build from week to week.

  • Special Workshops: These one-time classes are longer in length and focus on specialized skills.

Special Workshops

Aerial Ensemble Creation Lab 4 Week Series

Saturdays February 3, 10, 17, & 2411am-12:30pm
All 4 Series Classes $80
Single Drop In $25


About the Instructor:
Nina currently teaches dance trapeze and helps run the Open Mic at The Bird's Nest. Her teaching background includes aerial yoga, silks, lyra, trapeze, poetry and writing, ESL, and more. She choreographs solo and group work, dances on the floor/in the air/on the page, and is curious about how we might re-pattern our relationships to one another and to aerial performance.
Nina began her aerial training alongside modern dance at ZUZI! Dance in 2009 in Tucson, and she's continued learning with instructors in North Carolina, Panama, Missouri, Mexico, Vermont, Canada, and here in Buffalo.

In this four-week workshop series participants will delve into creating together as an ensemble by exploring possibilities on the floor and the air. We’ll try things out, creating in the present moment, remaining curious, sharing vulnerability, and learning from one another. Movement improvisation, dialogue, dissonance, and active listening are part of the process. Material may form and develop along the way—perhaps many sparks, perhaps a whole piece.

Pre-reqs: 6 months of aerial experience or equivalent. Clean inversions.
*Please let the instructor know your apparatus preference. Silks, trapeze, rope, and lyra are available (dep. on advance notice).
*Pre-registration is required and 3 people minimum to run series

Getting Hgher: Progressions to Standing Hand to Hand Workshop


Sunday February 18, 2018


$25 pre-sale

$30 day of class

Our community has been flying higher and stronger than ever in partner handbalances! Let’s come together for another hand to hand workshop focusing on progressions to standing hand to hand.

Pre-reqs: Comfort flying or basing star, bird, and two high (standing on shoulders), some exposure to L-basing hand to hand.

Acro Dance 4 Week Series

February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17
$80 full series enrollment
$25 drop in to single class


Acro dance blends classical and modern dance techniques with acrobatic elements. When practiced in doubles, this can include lifts, tosses, spins, partner balance poses and floorwork. Often acro dance incorporates elements of adagio, swing dance, salsa, modern dance and more. This class will cover beginner to intermediate moves and sequences, as well as storytelling, improvisation, and fluidity of movement with and without a partner. No partner or experience required, however some acro or dance experience is encouraged.

Wear clothing that you feel comfortable moving and going upside down in. Loose fitting and flowy clothing can sometimes get in the way of moves.

Yoga and Flying with Megan Sackman of One Yoga

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March 4, 2018



Join us for another round of this popular circus sampler workshop! Megan will start the morning with a yoga class that will get you warmed up and prepared for some creative play and movement by exploring the three modalities of circus arts. The Bird’s Nest provides a sanctuary for learning and offers instruction that is accessible to everyone. No previous experience is required!

Cost is $25. Space is limited and pre-registration is required using the tickets link.