Erica Cope takes Buffalo to New Heights: Buffalo Rising Interview

Newell aka QueensEyes Buffalo Rising interviewed our fearless leader, and gave us this fabulous write up on the BR blog! Read the text below, or check it out here: Buffalo Rising It was a little over five years ago that I first learned of aerial dancing. I was producing some events around the city, when aerialist Erica Cope began to make some noise in the local event scene. At the time, it was like pulling teeth to get venues to incorporate her act into their parties, festivals, fundraisers, etc. They all thought that I was crazy even suggesting that something like this would ever work, for numerous reasons. They looked at me as if I had a bird on my head when I proposed that Erica perform. Fast forward half a decade, and we find that Erica’s troupe has made huge headway into the local event scene. She and her accompanying aerial dancers appear at all sorts of events. Just last week, I saw the troupe (Buffalo Aerial Dance) perform at Kleinhans. It was around that time that I decided to talk to Erica about all of the progress that she had made since the days when no one would

Mother’s Day Deals!

Aerialists are some of the strongest women we know – just like moms! We want to celebrate both on May 14th so we’re offering a special class pass for you and your mom to take class together, $28 for two spots in either aerial yoga or aerial fitness.  Surprise your mom with a nice flowy suspended stretch session at 9:30am, or a unique strength-building workout at 12:30pm. Buy passes here (scroll to May 14): Studio

Spring/Summer 2017 Schedule

Check our Class Descriptions to see which class is right for you, and don’t forget about Aerial Yoga and/or Aerial Fitness on Sundays for those wanting to get a little stronger before liftoff. Stay tuned for some workshop series for beginners and intermediate students, and kids programming in July/August. 2017 Schedule April 18-July 16 ADULT CLASSES Tuesday 6:00-7:30 – Level 3 & 4 Trapeze Tuesday 7:30-9:00 – Level 3 & 4 Silks/Rope Wednesday 8:00-9:30 – Level 2 & 3 Lyra/Trapeze Thursday 6:00-7:15 – Level 1 Silks/Trapeze  Thursday 7:30-9:00 – Level 2 & 3 Lyra/Silks Saturday 11:00-12:30 – Level 2 & 3 Silks/Trapeze Saturday 12:45-2:00 – Level 1 Silks/Lyra Sunday 9:30-10:45am – Aerial Yoga Sunday 11:00-12:15am – Level 1 Lyra/Silks Sunday 12:30-1:30 – Aerial Fitness   YOUTH CLASSES Thursday 4:30-5:30 Teen Aerial 13-17 Saturday 9:45-10:45 Kids ages 8-12    OPEN GYM Wednesday 6:00-8:00 Open Gym Friday 9:30-11:30am Open Gym Sunday 1:30-3:00 Open

2016 in Photo Review

2016 brought more of the unexpected than most years.  There were a few unfortunate surprises, but it wasn’t all bad. IHere in the local arts community, things are pretty great! The most memorable parts of the year such as building our aerial knowledge and getting to know new people in the studio is something that doesn’t often get captured on film… ok it’s in our Snapchats, but for the sake of this website, we wanted to share some of our favorite public moments of 2016 at B.A.D. So please enjoy a highlight photo from the events of ’16 : Cirque de La Lune (Buffalo NY), The International Court of Buffalo ICP Ball (Buffalo NY),  Silk Silver & Steel (our own production), Hollywood Happening (Gowanda, NY), Brantfest (Brant, NY), Groton Olde Home Days (Groton, NY), Leonard Oakes Steampunk Festival (Medina, NY), Photoshoot with Auxiliary Magazine (Buffalo, NY), University at Buffalo Homecoming Carnival (Amherst, NY) and the Witches Ball at the Statler (Buffalo, NY).  There were a few others that we didn’t get photographic proof of, but

Aerial Love Sale

Happy February! We’re celebrating with a little something to keep you working on those new year’s goals and keep sharing the love.  From 2/4 – 14 our 6 class pass is on sale for $85 (normally $95) and our 10 class pass is on sale for $135 (normally $150). You can purchase the sale passes below by logging in and using the Purchase tab to select a pass.  You can also buy these passes from the Login tab (returning students), or by clicking a category underneath the Sign Up area of the home page (new

Holiday Class Schedule 12/16-12/31

Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday season for all of our wonderful students and staff, and their families. As instructors head home for the holidays, and as we transition into our 2017 schedule (found here) there will be a few changes to the class schedule.  The schedule from mid-December onward is listed below, days with an * are modified from the usual schedule, days with no asterisk are as usual. *Fri 12/16 – 9:30-11:30am Open Gym 6:15-7:45 Level 2 & 3 Lyra/Rope Technique Edition (Erica) Sat 12/17 – 9:30-10:45 Aerial Yoga 11-12:15 Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trap Sun 12/18 – 9:30-10:45 Aerial Yoga 11-12:15 Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trap 1-3 Open Gym Tue 12/20 – 5:45-7 Aerial Yoga 7:15-8:30 Dance Trap 8-9:15 Level 2 & 3 Silks/Trap *Wed 12/21 – 6:30-8:30 Open Gym Thu 12/22 – Teens, 5:45-7 Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trap 7-8:15 Level 2 & 3 Silks/Lyra *Fri 12/23 -9:30-11:30am Open Gym 6:15-7:45 Level 2&3 Lyra/Rope Holiday Fun Edition (Erica) Sat 12/24 – 9:30-10:45 Aerial Yoga (Erica) 11-12:15 Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trap Sun 12/25

Winter 2017 Schedule

It’s looking like a great new year at B.A.D. We’ve added another kids class, an aerial workout class (Aerial Building Blocks) for those wanting to get a little stronger before liftoff, and lots of exciting apparatus classes. 2017 Schedule Jan – March ADULT CLASSES Tuesday 6:00-7:15 Level 2 & 3 Trapeze Tuesday 7:30-8:45 Level 3 & 4 Silks/Rope Wednesday 8:15-9:30 Level 2 & 3 Silks/Trapeze * Thursday 6:00-7:15 Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trapeze  Thursday 7:30-8:45 Level 2 & 3 Lyra Saturday 11:00-12:15pm Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trapeze ** Sunday 9:30-10:45am Aerial Yoga Sunday 11:00-12:15am Level 1 & 2 Silks/Lyra Sunday 12:30-1:30 Aerial Building Blocks *This class will likely change to level 2&3 Silks/Lyra on the spring schedule **This class will likely change to level 2&3 Silks/Trapeze on the spring schedule   YOUTH CLASSES Thursday 4:30-5:30 Teen Aerial 13-17 Saturday 12:30-1:30 Kids ages 8-12  – STARTS JANUARY 28   OPEN GYM Wednesday 6:00-8:00 Open Gym Friday 9:30-11:30am Open Gym Sunday 1:30-3:00 Open Gym  

Schedule Changes 11/16 – 11/28

Our instructors are heading out own town for training and family gatherings over the next few weeks, so a few classes have been canceled.  Please check the schedule below.  The open gym schedule is below the class schedule.  Our 2017 schedule will be announced soon, along with Black Friday specials! Class Schedule 11/16 – 11/28 11/16 Wednesday 6:00 class – CANCELED 11/17 Thursday 4:30-5:30 Teen Aerial – Anastasia 5:45-7:00 Level 1 & 2 Silks/Trapeze – Anastasia 7:00 Level 2&3 Silks/Lyra – TBD – please RSVP if you plan to come to this class!  11/18 Friday 5:15 Level 1& 2 Lyra – Anastasia 6:15 Level 4& 5 Lyra – Anastasia 6:15 Rope/silks – CANCELED 11/19 Saturday – CLOSED 11/20 Sunday 9:30 Aerial Yoga – Nina 11:00 level 3 & 4 Silks – Nina 11:00 Level 1&2 Silks/Trap – CANCELED 11/22 Tuesday 5:45 Aerial Yoga – Nina 7:15 Dance Trapeze – Nina 8:00 Level 2 & 3 Silks/Trap – CANCELED 11/23 – 11/25 CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING 11/26 Saturday 9:30 Aerial Yoga – Nina 11:00 Level 1

B.A.D. in Auxiliary Magazine

One of the most gratifying things about aerial arts is their versatility.  We get to collaborate with almost everyone: ballerinas, yogis, athletes, rocks climbers, circus folk, musicians, visual artists, and fashion pros.   We are truly lucky to be able to team up with talented people from so many different backgrounds, and last month we had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with some exceptionally talented ladies from Auxiliary Magazine.   It was so much fun to be styled for this shoot, and it’s even more fun seeing the result of everyone’s hard work.  You can get the full issue at                       Styling: Shannon Krampus Hair: Lauren Ashley Makeup: Mallory Stoos Photography: Jennifer Link Models: Erica, Anastasia,

A Glimpse into the Life of an Aerial Instructor

Let’s assume that those of you reading this have been, or at considering becoming one of our students.  We love hearing your experiences at our studio, and thought you’d want to know a little bit about ours. First of all there are four of us: Anastasia, Erica, Larry, and Nina, and one more in training, the lovely Jolene. We’ve all had various careers and life experience outside of the studio, which makes each of our styles unique.  We all first came to aerial out of curiosity, which developed into a serious passion for dancing on apparatus, and teaching was an opportunity that happened to arise from that. I (Erica) first fell in love with aerial arts in Seattle, where I lived throughout the first decade of the 2000s.  When I moved back to Buffalo in 2011, I was quite distressed to find this city lacking in things to dangle from and dance on. After searching high and …not really low… I came to rent some space in the Alt Theatre in 2012. Finally, I could at least practice, although I constantly missed being able to take class with other aerialists.
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