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About Our Circus Arts


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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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Acrobatics

AcroYoga, Standing Acrobatics, Acro Dance

Aerial Arts

Silks, Trapeze, Lyra, Aerial Fitness and Dance

Handstand Conditioning

Strength, Balance, and Alignment

Pole Dance

Fitness, Choreography, and Artistry

Flow Arts

Hooping, Juggling, Poi, Object Manipulation

Yoga & Meditation

Hatha Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mindfulness

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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


Improv Workshop with Jacky Z

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Saturday April 21, 3pm-4:30pm
$10 pre-registration online (see link)
$15 at the door

Jacky Zientowski, a graduate from The Second City and Buffalo State College will lead you through an Improvisational Comedy Workshop. She is greatly influenced by her time spent with places such as: The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), Combats Absurdes (France), Improv Comedy Mumbai (India), PUSH Physical Theatre (Rochester), Keystone Theatre (Toronto) .
She created the Movin' & Groovin' Improv Show which ran in Toronto, ON for about 3 years based heavily on her passion for Musical and Physical Improvisation. Jacky has also taught at places like: The Spirit Wind Centre, The Voice Squad, Sewing Souls Studios, Wasteland Studios.


Acro James Comes to Buffalo!

Sunday April 22

12:30-2p: Standing Acro Dance Lifts
2:30-4p: Trio Acro Swings
4:30-6p: Banquine

Early Bird cost: 
$25/class
$50/2 classes
$75/3 classes
Day-of registration will be $30/class.

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Banquine
The extremely fun practice of banquine involves a strong understanding of timing, communication and how to properly use the spring effect created by the flyer and two bases. We will begin to develop a strong foundation for basics, entrances, exits, jumps, and how to properly catch. This class is not for beginners and is only open to those that have a very strong and consistent acro practice. Proper basing, flying and spotting technique will be addressed.
>>>Pre-Reqs: a confident and strong two high that needs little to no spotting, standing foot to hand that needs to little to no spotting, without any assistance on entering into it from spotters.

All Levels Standing Acro Dance Lifts
This All Levels Standing Acro class will combine dynamic movement and flowing dance lifts into one class that will give you ultimate bragging rights on the dance floor! Seamlessly bridge together different acro moves while learning proper basing, flying and spotting technique.
>>>Prerequisites: None! Beginners are absolutely welcome! You do NOT need a partner to attend this incredible class!

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Trio Acro Swings
This incredibly fun class will involve three people per move, two bases and one flyer! Learn a lot of unique and very accessible skills that will begin to make your swing practice more dynamic, all while opening up more opportunities to break away from the basics. Brand new entrances, transitions and exits will be addressed so you can begin to develop and add new sequences to your skill set! The Trio Acro Swing does require a few months of consistent acro practice, so that you may benefit fully from this class.
>>>Pre-Reqs: a confident two high with little to no spotting

James Heugh is an incredible acrobat based in Los Angeles. Check him out on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acrojames/


Fabric 1.5 & Aerial Flexibility Workshop

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Saturday April 28, 2018 12:30pm-2pm

$25

NOTE: Regular Saturday Silks 1 will be cancelled for this workshop.

Fabric 1.5 is for individuals reaching the end of their beginner status or who want to refine their intermediate skills. Specifically we will be working on both concrete and improvisational techniques with belay choreography. We will also learn a variety of drops from this position! In the last segment of the workshop we will focus on stretching our splits, back bends and shoulders in various supported positions on the silks. If you have experience in silks or are interested in improving your flexibility on any aerial apparatus then this class is for you!


Flex: A Workshop in Active Flexibility

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Saturday April 28, 2018 2:15-3:45pm

$20

Are you looking to improve your flexibility? Then this immersive experience is for you!
In this workshop we will explore flexibility through various mechanisms. First, we will isolate and strengthen
the muscles in our hips and back following a strong warm-up. We will then work on our front and middle splits as well as backbends through a range of active stretching and mobility exercises. The class will end with a focus on inverting and core stability.


Intro to Handbalancing on Canes

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Friday May 4
7:30-9pm
$20

Handbalancing canes are a cool apparatus used for feats of strength and balance on your hands! This class will teach you the basics of different ways to grip and mount canes of varying heights and strike a sweet pose.
Space is limited to only 9 spots, so make sure to register in advance to save your place.

Pre-reqs:
-Some experience with arm balancing yoga poses on the ground, such as crow, firefly, or forearm stand will be very helpful when taking this class. A similar level of strength is required to mount the canes.
-Willingness to spot and be spotted. We will work in small groups and help keep each other safe.
-Healthy wrists and shoulders.


Nontraditional Partnering with Inlet Dance Studio

May 12, 2018

3pm-6pm

$30

This class will focus on the foundational aspects of Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering techniques, employing a collaborative improvisation-based process and critical response. These group-driven techniques and processes are foundational to Inlet Dance Theatre’s creative process. The work is physically challenging, fun, and creative.
all levels welcome
No partner needed

Instructors: Bill Wade (Founder and Executive/Artistic Director), Katie McGaha (company dancer) and Kevin Parker (company dancer)

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Acro Dance 4 Week Series

Fridays May 4, May 11, May 25: 5:45pm-7:15pm

Saturday May 19: 3pm-4:30pm

$80 full series enrollment

$25 drop in to single class

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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 be a continuation on our previous acro dance series and will cover some more dynamic beginner to intermediate moves and sequences, as well as storytelling, improvisation, and fluidity of movement with and without a partner.

Pre-reqs include familiarity with swallow and cradle.
Previous acro or dance experience is encouraged but not required. You do not need to come with a partner, however having a partner you feel comfortable moving and dancing with can make learning new moves easier and more comfortable.

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.