Your Handy Guide to Becoming a Super Aerialist

As more and more people become interested in aerial arts, there is much excitement and also much confusion about the training process.  Here are a few things I’ve found myself explaining again and again: 1. Yes, you can do it! It wasn’t until the last decade that aerial arts became generally available as a recreational activity.  Prior to that, circus arts were guarded secrets handed down through generations of performers who depended on the uniqueness of their skills for their livelihood.  There are many fantastic feats performed in the circus that most of us will never do, but many people are surprised to find there are plenty of skills that are rather accessible. A favorite meme of aerial instructors everywhere. I’ve seen a lot of people delighted to discover that they can in fact do a beginner aerial class, reassured by the fact that we start just a foot or two off the ground with basic poses. However I’ve seen others frustrated by those same circumstances, expecting to be twirling high in the air right away.  Most of what we see of circus arts on TV or social media

Shop Small this Holiday Season!

Buffalo Aerial Dance was born out of a dual love for aerial arts and the city of Buffalo. What drives our organization is the desire to offer high quality aerial classes to our fellow Buffalonians.  We were the first aerial studio in the area and have trained and given opportunities for performance and creative growth to dozens of local performers, and dedicated students (yes, some who started from total beginners). It fills our hearts with holiday cheer, and cheer all year round, to see that after 4 years in business there is a strong and growing aerial community in this city.  Share some of that cheer with yourself or your loved ones, and purchase a B.A.D. gift certificate this holiday season! Details: Gift certificates can be purchased in the amount of any class pass, as well as $60 or $100. A private lesson for 1 or 2 people is $60 and that is a popular choice. Certificates can be applied to private lessons, or classes.  The expiration date of all gift certificates is ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. The first class must be redeemed within 1 year, and the following classes

A Glimpse of Aerial Mom Life: Finding Strength and Balance

I’m a mom; a mostly work from home mom, who moved to Buffalo a few years ago with a small child. We knew absolutely no one here. Because of that, I became the mom in the grocery store who blurted out every little detail of the past 3 weeks of her life onto any poor soul who would listen. I apologize to the Wegman’s employee that had to hear about how I accidentally spilled pee all over my toddler’s head while potty training; I know you just wanted to help me find the beans. I, or rather, my brilliant-faced curly-headed son, was popular with the retired old ladies who were also grocery shopping at 10AM on a Tuesday morning. I suspect my popularity ended there. Adult human interaction was limited to a few conversations at play dates, and that was starting to get old. Thema performing at Music is Art (photo by Nakita Mone) I convinced another mommy friend to dump the kids and join me on my first class. As we step into Buffalo Aerial Dance, I was immediately mesmerized with the space. Gorgeous silks swoop from the ceiling. The sun’s rays poured in through the

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  
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