My Story

What some happy students and audience members say:  

Hello! My name is Benjamin Berry, and I am a professional hoop dancer, circus artist, teaching artist, and performer based in Buffalo, NY.

My mission is to spread the physical, emotional, and social benefits
of creative movement to people of all ages and levels of ability,
helping them become more confident, empowered, and embodied.

I was led down this unconventional path when I first picked up a hoop in 2013. I was hooked when I realized the many benefits of having a regular practice. For the first time I felt truly confident in my body - moving, expressing, mindful, and free of self-doubt. Eager to share these gifts with others, I became certified in hoop dance and began teaching in 2015. 
Since then, I have hosted workshops in over 50 cities across the country
and connected with the hooping community by participating in the online contests Hooping Idol Season 5 and the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe, 

ultimately earning's Male Hooper of the Year as well
as nominations for Instructor, Tutorial, and Video of the Year in 2016.


In 2019, I enriched my teaching by receiving training in Holistic Circus Therapy, which utilizes occupational therapy principles to build physical, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities, as well as the developmental movement-based BrainDance Method through the Creative Dance Center.

Currently, I have relocated to Buffalo, NY and begun offering hoop dance and circus arts programs geared towards a wide variety of settings

including libraries, schools, senior care facilities, and more. Additionally,
I teach 
classes and operate as the Educational Programming Coordinator 
for a l
ocal studio,
The Birds Nest Circus Arts, and work as a teaching artist independently and through Young Audiences of Western New York

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