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Creating a circus studio and venue in the Hudson Valley with a variety of recreational classes, plus a home for NYC artists & shows!
Creating a circus studio and venue in the Hudson Valley with a variety of recreational classes, plus a home for NYC artists & shows!
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Hudson Valley Circus Arts is bringing circus, particularly aerial arts, to the Hudson Valley!

Our beautiful new logo!
Our beautiful new logo!

 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.  

Our beautiful space is 'the BSP building' in Uptown Kingston, NY
Our beautiful space is 'the BSP building' in Uptown Kingston, NY

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. 

  
Here's one of our aerial yoga classes at a prior location.  Keep scrolling for more photos of class types.
Here's one of our aerial yoga classes at a prior location. Keep scrolling for more photos of class types.

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.

We believe in circus as a source joy, power, & connection
We believe in circus as a source joy, power, & connection

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 will continue to teach aerial silks
We will continue to teach aerial silks
We will be adding acroyoga
We will be adding acroyoga
We'll also add lyra
We'll also add lyra
And hula hooping
And hula hooping
As we grow we'll continue adding apparatuses, such as aerial rope
As we grow we'll continue adding apparatuses, such as aerial rope

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.

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    FOR THE LOCALS:
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    • An HVCA sticker with our fancy new logo

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    • Your name or business name on our 'Thank You Funders' board posted in the studio (on a beautiful piece of artwork)
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    • Our immense gratitude
    • A shout-out on our website and social media (for you or your business)
    • A tour of the studio with an opportunity to hang upside down on a fabric
    • An HVCA sticker with our fancy new logo
    • An HVCA T-shirt with the same
    • Your name or business name on our 'Thank You Funders' board posted in the studio (on a beautiful piece of artwork)
    • A 90-minute private lesson in an apparatus of your choice (handstands, lyra, aerial silks, aerial yoga, flexibility)

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    • Our immense gratitude
    • A shout-out on our website and social media (for you or your business)
    • A tour of the studio with an opportunity to hang upside down on a fabric
    • An HVCA sticker with our fancy new logo
    • An HVCA T-shirt with the same
    • Your name or business name on our 'Thank You Funders' board posted in the studio (on a beautiful piece of artwork)
    • A 90-minute private lesson in an apparatus of your choice (handstands, lyra, aerial silks, aerial yoga, flexibility)
    • An HVCA 10-class package with NO expiration date

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