Moody Street Circus



Circus Arts &
Belly Dance Studio


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Moody Street Circus is a multi-generational circus family of celebrated performers & teachers who share a lifetime of skills, artistry, strength, grace, flow and performance excellence in circus and belly dance with students of all ages. Heart, humor, creativity, world-class experience and community spirit are at the core of our teaching. 

The studio was co-founded by 5th generation circus star & master teacher Alexandre Sacha Pavlata of the original Big Apple Circus and the Flying Wallendas and 2nd-generation dance and circus artist Melinda Melina Pavlata of the Pickle Family Circus and Circus Flora.  

Together with our daughter Zoë, we have settled down in one beautiful place to share our skills & family legacies with our students.  

Over the last 40+ years, our students have gone on to professional careers in circus and belly dance all over the world, or they have just enjoyed how these art forms brought greater confidence and amplified the joy in their lives.


“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium.  It will be lost.   The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it open clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."

— Martha Graham