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The Muse Offering Free Aerial, Acrobatic Classes for Bushwick Grand Opening

By Serena Dai | April 20, 2015 8:49am
 Circus school The Muse will be offering some free classes on its grand opening day celebration.
Circus school The Muse will be offering some free classes on its grand opening day celebration.
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BUSHWICK — Here's your chance to be a circus acrobat — for free.

The Muse, a circus training facility that was pushed out of Williamsburg, is debuting its new Bushwick spot at 350 Moffat St. with free aerial and acrobatics classes for its grand opening.

A variety of free introductory classes will be held between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on April 26, including classes where students learn how to move through the air via silks or a lyra, as well as classes where students can learn to do acrobatics on the ground.

The Muse, which spent three years at 32D Kent Ave., soft opened earlier this month in Bushwick after raising more than $60,000 through Kickstarter to revive the circus school, theater and event rental hall.

The circus school's new space is much larger than the old one, with some 9,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space.

Its expanded facility means more classes that can accomodate more people, said owner Angela Buccinni.

"It’s been really incredible to invite the community back in and see their reaction and see the excitement about the building," she said. "It’s been really kind of magical."

Buccinni is aiming for the circus school and theater space to be a place where beginners, circus professionals, adults and children can come to work and play.

The expanded outdoor space will soon be upgraded with a playground where kids can explore and build different structures, she said.

A cafe, run by the family behind Bushwick's Express Yourself Barista Bar, will eventually open in there, too, serving coffee, sandwiches and juices.

And the new venue will also be suited for more circus performances — both indoors and outdoors — where audience members will be able to feel like they're right next to the performers, Buccinni said.

"We’re really trying to make this a community hub where artists and non-artists alike can just merge," she said. "It's definitely a place where the whole family can go."

A full schedule of the free classes on the grand opening day can be found here. In the evening, The Muse will host a grand opening showcase performance by local circus artists. Tickets for the performance at night cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Aerial classes start at $40 for an hour, or $150 for a five-class package. Ground-oriented classes, such as acrobatics, start at $15 an hour.