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

Please Be Informed...

the bird's nest will be closed and all classes will be cancelled Monday december 18 through Tuesday January 2 while new windows are installed. Normal class schedule will resume Wednesday january 3.

Have a Happy Holiday!

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

Yoga and Flying with Megan Sackman of One Yoga

January 20, 2018



Join us on our newest adventure! 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 Acro Yoga, Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoops. 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.

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Brecken Hoops Buffalo: A 2 Day Intensive Workshop

Saturday January 20, 3-6pm

Sunday January 21, 3-6pm followed by Hoop Jam 7-9pm

$80 Full Weekend

$50 one Day Only

Workshop 1: Saturday 3-6pm
"Flawless Transitions":
This is a fundamental class that will expand your range of hoop movement and deepen your understanding of it. This class teaches the art of transitioning the hoop and "catching waves": listening to nuances in balance and momentum; forming ramps; flitting around.
THEN we'll get extremely nerdy about it and add a twist!

Workshop 2: Sunday 3-6pm
"Breathing Lifts and Shoulder Transfers":
This class covers a very useful circuit based on two of my favorite movements. Starting with on-body movements, simple stalls and dramatic sweeping will lead to seamlessly lifting the hoop in a full-bodied, breathing motion. with some basic weight shifts and some trouble-shooting, we’ll also be able to add the “shoulder transfer”. You’ll be surprised how simple some of these movements are and how very satisfying they feel as a circuit.
THEN we can pull it into Saturday's class and it'll be absolute mayhem. In the best way.

What to bring:
Phone w camera and Space on it,
Pen and paper if you like those :)


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Acro Adventures with Hobs Hobotus!

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About Hobs Hobotus:
Hobs is definitely one of the most playful and friendly Acro monkeys you will ever meet! His love for all things Acro is delightfully infectious and irresistible.
Hobs is a charismatic and compassionate Acro teacher with a clear voice, and a giving and caring approach to students. His commitment and dedication to the practice is obvious in his excellent technical skills, intelligent progressions and clear demonstrations.

Saturday January 27 and

Sunday january 27, 2018

Hobs is back in Buffalo for another weekend of popping, spinning, and flying!

Two Days of Fun:

Saturday Jan 27
9:30a-12:30p: Popping Machines
(PRE-REQS: 4+ Months of Popping experience OR 6+ Popping classes)
3pm-6pm: Icarian Fun
(PRE-REQS: 2+ Months of Icarian experience OR 3+ Icarian classes)

Sunday Jan 28
9:30a-12:30p: Flyer Swings
(PRE-REQS: Strong muscles, healthy joints, willing to spot, work as a team and communicate kindly. )
3pm-6pm: TBD

$40 single session
$120 all four sessions

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

Dance Class with Lihann Jones

Saturday February 3, 2018


$18- or use a Bird's Nest Drop In Class!

Each month we host a Dance Class with varying instructors from the Western NY area. This month: The next social dance revolution! Line dancing — Ballroom style! No partners, just fun, quick, and easy routines you can do anywhere to any kind of music. Learn Swing, Salsa, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Soul, and more. Perfect for all levels of dancers.

Lihann Jones has spent most of her life dancing or performing in some fashion. From the parade routes and stages of Disneyland, to acting in television shows and commercials, to the old ballrooms of the West Coast where she danced with the Joint is Jumpin’ swing troupe, Lihann loves to learn, perform, and teach dance.

Since 2005, Lihann has worked full-time as a Ballroom and Lindy Hop dance instructor and performer. She has performed in various Ballroom DanceSport competitions throughout the country in the Pro/Am Division, her students consistently winning “Top Student” awards or placing high in the scholarship and multi-dance divisions. She holds Associate Certifications in International Ballroom and American Ballroom from the prestigious Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

In 2014, in order to better share her great joy for dancing, Lihann created Ballroom Revolution, a**** dance studio dedicated to teaching body awareness, connection between dance partners, and how to have fun and feel confident in any social dance situation. She’s known for her kind, patient and fun teaching style.