Founded by Suzi Winson, Gino Farfan and Michelle Arvin in September of 2010, Circus Warehouse is a collaborative effort to produce the next generation of top quality circus performers. We are the only training facility in the New York area where the circus stars come to train and teach.
The physical space is a dream for a circus school, with ceilings high enough to house a flying trapeze rig of classic proportion, the Warehouse has over 8000 square feet of space for practicing circus arts including trampoline, silks, lyra, cloud swing, solo and swinging trapeze, rope, juggling, acrobatic balancing and wire walking. It also houses a mirrored dance studio with a sprung floor. Professional training is the primary focus, but we also train non-pro circus enthusiasts and serious athletic practitioners.
The culture that the Warehouse has cultivated in the past year has attracted seasoned pros from all over the world who come to train with us when in New York. Our community ranges from those with traditional circus backgrounds to the emerging nouveau cirque (contemporary circus).
Warehouse faculty and guest artists include some of the biggest names in Circus: Gino Farfan, Miguel Cáceres, Gaston Elie, Walfer Guerrero, Milton Zamudio (of the Flying Vasquez) and Tony Steele. The Warehouse faculty also features elite athletes David Durante and Olga Karmansky, competitive gymnast and Cirque du Soleil Alumn Matthew Greenfield, the acclaimed hand to hand balancing team Kenimattix: Ken Berkeley and Matthew Cusick, Broadway/ballet dancers Suzi Winson, Matt Baker and Pacho. Other guest instructors include Cirque du Soleil stars Jason Berrent, Rachel Walker, Stephan Choiniere, and Holly Rollins.
Circus Warehouse regularly produces its own circus shows at the facility with students, instructors and pros who train with us, a works-in-progress event, entitled “Caught in the Act”. We have also created the ambitious and truly avant garde aerial show, “Aerial Text Experiments” participating in an annual worldwide art/poetry movement, 100,000 Poets for Change.
We have been featured performers at great NY venues such as the New York Hall of Science, Maker Faire, Gotham Hall, the JCC, and the Intrepid. In under a year, our Intensive Professional Program has turned out artists for Circus Fusion, Cirque de la Mer and Ringling Brothers.