Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.
You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.
In 2004—on a mission to bolster its community’s wellspring of creativity and education—the nonprofit Bergen Performing Arts Center took over the former John Harms Center, an art-deco-style movie and vaudeville palace built in 1922. Today, in the same antique theater where Frank Capra screened his first car chase, the venue hosts 150 yearly events that bring dance, music, and theatrical productions to an estimated 250,000 annual audience members. Networks such as HBO, PBS, and MTV all have filmed international broadcasts on the stage, which has seen the likes of Diana Krall, Heart, and ZZ Top.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
All of our instructors are professional working aerialists who have a variety of secondary degrees in Yoga, Personal Training, Ballet etc.
you will receive a well rounded mix of training including a yoga warm up before every class, an aerial yoga stretch down after every class.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
All students need to bring a water bottle and wear tight fitting clothes that cover the legs and armpits.
The floor is covered in mats but you are welcome to bring your own yoga mat if you prefer.
**This class is taught barefoot**
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To inspire people to push beyond their personal limitations and boundaries.
It takes courage to take a class like this and I want to be able to make sure the experience is encouraging and that all students leave with the feeling of a sense of accomplishment!
What do you love most about your job?
When you follow your passion it never feels like it's work!
I love what I do and I love sharing that passion with others!