Hudson Valley Circus Arts is bringing circus, particularly aerial arts, to the Hudson Valley!
We are creating a studio space right down the hall from a spacious, historic vaudeville theater in uptown Kingston, NY. Together, the two spaces offer both an incredible venue for professional circus artists to perform in, as well as a gorgeous classroom space for all levels.
We already offer fun, community oriented, recreational classes. With your support, we are expanding to offer a wider variety of more frequent classes, in a new space with proper ceiling height. Our classes will include aerial dance apparatuses such as silks, lyra, rope and dance trapeze. We will also begin offering aerial yoga (a gentler style of aerial class), as well as hula hooping, acroyoga, flexibility, strength training, and more as we grow.
Our mission goes deeper than providing fitness & arts experiences. As well as being a powerful fitness modality and a stirring artistic medium, circus arts provide a healthy source of joy & connection. At HVCA, we have fun and build community right along with self-confidence and strength. As we tune and tone our bodies, we unleash their innate capacities for expressive movement. We believe that the possibilities of our physical potential as human beings live close to our collective imagination, and the the grace & strength of our own bodies live close to our personal power. We believe that creative, physical play is nutritious for people & culture.
Our gorgeous new studio space requires some significant upfront installation costs. This Kickstarter will provide funds toward the modification and rigging of our ceiling. The cost of our ceiling alterations is $4500, and this figure is NOT including any of our pending costs such as the rigging equipment we are purchasing, the services of our engineer and professional rigger, the cost of our new apparatuses, or any of the routine costs associated with growing our business. Our slow and deliberate growth over the last several years has left us in a strong place financially. We are able to cover the majority of our own costs, and achieve this huge next step with just a bit of your help!
Read on for more of the types of classes we will offer!
We are so excited to take this huge next step with just a bit of your help!
Risks and challenges
As we expand into our new teaching space and triple our current class offerings, we will require some time to grow our clientele to match our new class capacity. Because the Hudson Valley is such a new place for circus arts, many people are not yet familiar with aerial classes as a form of fitness. Some others who are familiar with aerial fitness are nervous to try it. Some may be confused about the difference between aerial yoga and aerial dance, and unsure as to whether either might be appropriate for them. We are tasked with educating as well as enticing our prospective client base.
At HVCA, we only work with experienced, safety-oriented, warm & engaging lead teachers who we know well, particularly for aerial classes. As a result, the speed of our growth will be limited by the development of our teaching base concurrently with our clientele. We may go through periods where our class demand exceeds our supply, and we are not yet able to reap the rewards of our growth because our teaching base is not ready to take on more. We will need to carefully and continually balance our equipment and other investments with our projections as to the growth of our clientele and teaching base.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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