Moody Street Circus



Circus Arts &
Belly Dance Studio


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Moody Street Circus Welcomes You!  We are a family-run circus school and belly dance arts studio with classes, workshops and retreats.  At Moody Street Circus studio, we help students build skills, artistry, grace and strength. Heart, humor, creativity and community spirit are at the core of our teaching. Our dance classes and aerial arts workshops including silks, trapeze, lyra, rope and more serve Waltham, MA, Newton, Belmont, Lexington, Weston, Wellesley and the Greater Boston area.


Moody Street Circus is a multi-generational circus family of celebrated performers & teachers who share a lifetime of skills, artistry, strength, grace 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, tent master & beloved teacher Alexandre Sacha Pavlata of the original Big Apple Circus, Circus Flora and the Flying Wallendas (among many other circuses around the world) and 2nd-generation dance and circus artist Melinda Melina Pavlata of the Pickle Family Circus, Cirque Passion and Circus Flora.  

Together with our daughter, aerial Coach Zoë Isadora, 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