Buffalo circus arts studio to soon give enthusiasts a place to roost

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“It is amazingly fun, the most fun thing ever… A lot of it is a lot easier than it looks and there are ways we can make it accessible to anyone.”

AcroYoga. Aerial arts. Acrobatics.

Hoop dancing. Pole dancing. Fire spinning and fire eating.

Parkour. Cyr wheeling. Yoga and meditation.

These are some of the classes circus arts enthusiasts aim to offer in the Bird’s Nest starting as early as this spring near Larkinville.

“It is amazingly fun, the most fun thing ever,” said Juliana Burkhart, a digital marketing specialist who lives in Williamsville. “A lot of it is a lot easier than it looks and there are ways we can make it accessible to anyone.”

Burkhart, 27, is among a small circle of regional circus arts leaders who will spend the next several weeks bringing the Bird’s Nest to life in a former construction warehouse at 64 Fillmore Ave.

Fellow enthusiast Ben Madoff, 36, an engineer, bought the space for the project.

Other leaders include Liz Czapski, 29, an art supply buyer; Jay Mpelezos, 32, a website and graphics designer; Chuck Pacholski, 24, a tour guide and server at Resurgence Brewing Co.; and Emilee Philips, 28, a yoga instructor.

“Because this is not a full-time profession for any of us right now, the community comes together any time we can pitch in,” Madoff said. “Everyone gives as much as they’re able. We’ve made a lot of progress without necessarily handing out titles.”

 The circus arts studio is expected to open in mid-March but this weekend will host a fundraiser, Fresh Quest, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It will include a variety of yoga classes, wellness talks and healthy snacks that include kombucha. The cost is $20 at the door or $15 presale on the group’s Indiegogo page. For a schedule and more information, visit facebook.com/birdsnestbuffalo.


“We’re going to have five yoga classes taught by a variety of yoga teachers from all over the area,” Burkhart said. “There’s going to be a talk on acupuncture, chiropractic during pregnancy, urban farming and composting, fermented foods, Chakra energy balancing and recovery from stress, and nutritional healing.

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