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Wise Fool welcomes adults of all ages, genders, fitness and experience levels to join us for ongoing classes in circus arts and theatre!
Please note that our class schedule changes from session to session. Disciplines taught throughout the year may include trapeze, lyra, aerial fabric, acrobalance, physical theatre, juggling, unicycling, handstands, conditioning, and more. Join our mailing list in the yellow box to the right to receive monthly email announcements about new classes.
- 1.5 hour clases: $128 if register for 8-week session ($16/class). $22/class if dropping in. Check each class description for drop-in policy.
- 1 hour classes: $96 for 8-week session ($12/class)
Fall Classes -- September 7 through November 2
Theatrical Red Nose
with Sarah-Jane Moody
Via the red nose clown, we will explore comedic timing, stage presence, breath, the absurd, problem solving in the clown world, stillness, character development, and improvisation in duos and trios. This class is great for a deeper recognition of who we are and what we have to offer on stage, from circus to Shakespeare. All levels welcome.
Sarah-Jane has worked with Wise Fool since 1996 teaching and performing red nose clown. She is a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has studied clown with Avner Eisenberg, Giovanni Fusetti, Ronlin Foreman, and Hillary Chaplain to name a few.
Theatrical Red Nose: Tuesdays 5:30 - 7pm
Teacher contact/registration firstname.lastname@example.org
Acrobalance Class and Jam
with Amy Christian
A great way to build strength, flexibility, core centering, and community all while having fun! Acrobalance is sweeping the nation and here's your chance to try it out. No experience and no partner necessary!
- Acro Jam nights are a chance to practive the skills you are working on in a playful and supportive environment. Jam starts week 1, September 11.
- Class instruction will be every other week, starting week 2, Thursday September 18.
Amy Christian is the Artistic Director of Wise Fool and has been the lead instructor of partner acrobatics at the Wise Fool Studio for the past 8 years, developing youth and adult curriculum in acrobalance as well as performing and choreographing acrobalance acts for stages across the US. Amy uses the circus arts to encourage people to rise to new challenges and realize that together we can create the world we envision. In circus everything and anything is possible!
All Levels Acrobalance: Thursdays, 5:30-7:15 Classes are alternate weeks starting September 18, October 2, 16, and 30. $16 per night, Acro Jam nights are only $5! Drop-ins welcome.
Teacher Contact and Registration: Amy Christian, email@example.com
NEW! Acrobalance Workshop Saturday September 13
Noon to 3pm, followed by on hour of acro-jam time until 4pm. Contact Amy for details (see above)
Nightlife Burlesque Conditioning and Pole
with Devon Lang
In this class we will build strength, flexibility and movement skills through exotic dancing floor work, as well as beginning to intermediate-level pole dancing. All genders and bodies welcome for this spicy late-evening workout. Please come with short shorts and your skin free of lotions and oils. Devon Lang has been a pole dancer for nine years and has been teaching pole in New Mexico since 2010. She loves creating a fun, laid back environment to explore movement arts in all of their sexy and awkward glory. All Levels Conditioning & Pole: Thursdays 7:30 - 9pm
with Ilana Blankman
Want to learn the secret to handstands? Practice! This handstand jam will be a guided session with conditioning and exercises to improve your handstands. Ilana will be leading the sessions, but participants will be spotting each other. The jam is best suited for those who can kick up into a handstand by themselves, hold it spotted for at least 20 seconds, and feel comfortable spotting others.
All Levels Handstand: Thursdays 8 - 9am. Cost is $5.
Teacher contact registration: Ilana Blankman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vertical Rope (Corde Lisse)
with Ilana Blankman
Learn the infinite possibilities of corde lisse (vertical rope). This class will focus on using momentum, closed, open and slack drops, new climbs, improving technique and sharpening basic skills. The class is open to anyone who has taken at least one full session of aerial fabric, or has at least one year of experience on trapeze. It is also appropriate for folks that have taken the 4-week rope class.
Ilana is a professional aerialist with over 5 years of teaching and performing experience. She has undertaken professional training at Circomedia, School of Circus and Physical Theatre in Bristol, England and toured for four months with a traditional family circus in rural England, as well performing for Impact Artists, Greentop Circus, and Wise Fool New Mexico.
with Ilana Blankman and Amy Bertucci-Nieto
Class includes a dynamic warm-up, floor exercises and aerial vocabulary, technique, and conditioning on static trapeze in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Trapeze is hung low at 3' to 7' high. No previous experience necessary!
Beginning Trapeze: Mondays 5:45 - 7:15pm
Intermediate Trapeze: Mondays 7:30 - 9:00pm
Teacher contact registration: Ilana Blankman, email@example.com or Amy Bertucci-Nieto, firstname.lastname@example.org
with Amy Christian
Learn or further develop the fundamentals of aerial fabric, sometimes called "silks". This course will include climbing, wraps, foot locks, drops, and poses. From conditioning and basic skills to explorations in choreography, fabrics are a fun way to build core strength and flexibility while defying gravity! Pre-registration is encouraged as classes fill up fast!
Beginner Fabric: Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:45pm
Continuing Fabric: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Mixed Level Fabric: Mondays 10 - 11:30am
Teacher contact/registration: Amy at email@example.com.
Private lessons are $60/hour for one person; $15/hour each additional person. Special rate available for large groups. Contact teachers below for more information.
- Amy Bertucci-Nieto--Trapeze, Duo Trapeze, Acrobatic Stiltwalking. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ilana Blankman--Vertical rope. Handstands, Aerial fabric & Hoop. email@example.com
- Amy Christian--Partner Acrobalance, Aerial Fabric, Stiltwalking. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Devon Lang—Pole. email@example.com 505 629-3970
- Colleen McKeown--Partner Acrobalance, Trapeze, Duo Trapeze, Lyra/Aerial Hoop. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah-Jane Moody--Clown, Physical Theatre. email@example.com
- Joshua Sage—Unicycle. firstname.lastname@example.org 505 570-9484
- Laura Stokes--Aerials. email@example.com 503 442-6693