Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu founded Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in1995. It soon gew to become much more than just Cirkus. Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. prides itself on being the heir to New York’s outstanding traditions of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and burlesque. BFVA presented its first Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret in 1995 in Brooklyn, New York. In fourteen years, that weekly variety show has grown into a year-round public exhibitions for variety artists: musicians, comedians, actors, clowns, dancers, novelty acts, circus performers, and sideshow acts. Over 400 artists have been a part of Bindlestiff's fifteen years of theatrical spectacles. In 2002, Bindlestiff, in association with chashama, opened the Palace of Variety and Free Museum of Times Square, where we presented nearly 300 shows featuring over two hundred different variety acts. Bindlestiff continues to tour the nation exposing the public to the traditions of live entertainment at street festivals, in theaters, and in clubs. Besides its public performances, Bindlestiff has a growing commitment to providing education and enrichment programs to support variety arts.