my husband is a magician and does juggling, stilt walking, balloon twisting and is practicing ventriloquism. i hoop and juggle some and do face painting. im also hoping to learn poi and belly dancing soon (i have some dance experience). and then fire hoop, fire breathing and fire eating eventually too. were hoping to have a variety act someday soon!!! wat r u interested in?
Its easy in NYC where circus arts flourish at many levels. We have the Bindlestiff Circus with classes and their night at Galapagos, the Trapeze loft classes, even a contortionist club. Jugglers tends be linked to other disciplines. Finding a local juggling club (Carmine Street in Manhattan and Pratt in Brooklyn) and learning juggling can lead to many other skills. It really elevates your coordination and sense of timing, plus juggling is relaxing!
http://www.circusnyc.com/ is organized by New York's finest folks and lists all upcoming events, shows, workshops, and classes
Right now I belly dance and Im still in the early stages of hooping. But I plan to learn poi, fire dance (I'll be ordering my first set of fire toys in january so I can get used to them -unlit of course) including fire belt, fans, poi, Dont know if I'll get to the level of fire hoop but man does it look like fun! And I would like to learn some aerial stuff (wish I had taken the class at Tribo).
There isnt really a venue for that here (yet) but I hope that once I start doing these things and perform a few places more people will get interested and we can have a circus arts performing troupe! =)
I would love to learn to do more circus arts. I have started learning to juggle, spin poi, and of course hooping. Eventually I would like to learn a lot more, but I live near Tasha, and she's completely right, there is NOTHING like that here. We'll just have to start a revolution.
last year I set the goal that I would be an aerialist by Feb. 2010. I overshot a little bit as I'm an aerialist now! My friend knew of this circus center in SF that was popular amongst yogis (but finding it without references wouldn't be too much trouble either). We signed up for an Intro to Aerial Skills class in January where we took 3 months to try every apparatus available in the aerial gym. Trapeze, static trapeze, the hoop, rope, and silk. I knew from the start I was drawn to the aerial silk and I just fell in love! I'm now on my 10th month of a semi-private class, and will be doing my first performance in June! You can see some skills on my profile :) Go for it!