A 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

Sunday October 29 – Performance Workshops with Christine Van Loo

Please join us on SUNDAY, OCT. 29., 2017 for two workshops by Christine Van Loo 9:00am-10:30am – Mixed aerial silks and corde lisse  11:00am-12:30pm – Mixed lyra, solo and duo trapeze $45 for each workshop or $75 for both.   Preregistration required, link coming soon! We are so happy to offer some top notch training with Christine while she is in Buffalo with Cirque de la Symphonie. In these workshops, we will learn new skills and incorporate creative choreographic sequencing.  We will also focus on performance enhancement techniques to invigorate your routines with life, innovation and excitement. Geared toward students who can climb and invert. Please wear close fitting clothing with no zippers.  About Christine:  Christine Van Loo is a 7-time consecutive National Champion, Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the Decade in acrobatic gymnastics. She was inducted into the USSA (acro-gymnastics) Hall of Fame and the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor. She was a trainer and performer on NBC’s Celebrity Circus. As a professional

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
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