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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.  

All classes listed below take place at Wise Fool Studio in Santa Fe. For classes in Penasco, please click here.

CLASS PRICES (unless otherwise noted in class listing)

  • 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)

Winter Session runs January 19 to March 13

Special Handstand Workshop with Ilana Blankman 
Sunday, January 25th at 1:30 - 3pm

Have you always wanted to do a handstand? Or maybe you're on your way to the perfect handstand, but it needs a little tune-up? Come join me for a monthly handstand workshop.  The class will provide great handstand conditioning exercises, a dose of handstand "theory", and some focused time looking and your handstand and areas for improvement. We will also play with some different handstand shapes and forearm balances. While this class is suitable for beginners, you'll probably get more out of it if you can already kick-up into a handstand (with a spot or wall). Cost is $20.
Space is limited to 8 students, so please register in advance:ilanablankman@gmail.com or 505-310-9723.

Acro Tumbling

with Moussa Kourouma

Acrobatics All-Ages: Mondays 7:15-8:45pm

We hope you got to see Moussa and the other West African acrobats from FEFAFE featured in Circus Luminous. Now is your chance to study with this astounding artist!

For information or to register:  992-2588 or mail@wisefoolnm.org

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 sarahjanemoody@yahoo.com

Dance for Circus Artists

with Whitney Jones

All Levels Dance:  Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm $16 drop in class
Teacher contact and Registration:   whitneymjones@yahoo.com 

Intro to Aerials and Conditioning
with Amy Bertucci-Nietto 
Intro to Aerials and Trapeze:  Tuesdays 7:15-8:45pm
Teacher contact and Registration: birdyucci@hotmail.com

Juggling Jam Session
Sundays 11-1pm 
For those that already juggle...focusing on partner juggling (passing pins and/or balls) as well as individual practice.  
Contact: Dawn 505 660-6199 to join or for info.

Open Studio
with Ilana Blankman

An opportunity to practice what you're learning in classes. Supervised but not a led class.
Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm  $10 drop in For currently enrolled students

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. 
  • Class instruction will be every other week. 

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   $16 per night, Acro Jam nights are only $5! Drop-ins welcome.

Teacher Contact and Registration: Amy Christian,  amy@wisefoolnm.org

Circus Conditioning and Aerials for Moms and Dads

with Ilana Blankman

Parents should get to play too! The class will focus on conditioning the core using circus exercises and aerial equipment. This class is designed for parents of young children, although it is open to anybody. Parents may bring babies or children, and a baby sitter will be present to hang out with the kids while parents participate. Come one, come all, no experience necessary!

Conditioning & Aerials (with Childcare!): Tuesdays 10 - 11am. Cost is $15 for hour long class, or $12 if you pay for 4 sessions at once.

Teacher contact registrationIlana Blankman,  ilanablankman@gmail.com 

Circus Conditioning 

Best way to combat the winter blues? Start your day (and new year!) off right with an early morning work-out, circus-style. This class uses circus-based circuit training and aerial apparata to help you get fit, flexible, and upside down! No experience necessary, and suitable for folks of all ages and fitness levels. It's a great complement to our other circus classes, or a perfect way to prepare for taking aerial or acro classes in the future. $12 for drop-in, $80 for the whole 8-week session. 

Circus Conditioning: 7:30 - 8:30 am Thursdays

Teacher contact registration: Ilana Blankman,  ilanablankman@gmail.com

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. 

Continuing Rope for Aerialsists: Sundays 6-7:30pm

Teacher contact registrationIlana Blankman,  ilanablankman@gmail.com

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!

Mixed Level Trapeze: Mondays 5:30-7pm 

Teacher contact registrationIlana Blankman,  ilanablankman@gmail.com or Amy Bertucci-Nieto, birdyucci@hotmail.com

Aerial Fabric
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, 5:30 - 7:00pm 
Continuing Fabric: Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:45pm
Mixed Level Fabric: Mondays 10 - 11:30am
Teacher contact/registration: Amy at amy@wisefoolnm.org, with Ilana Blankman


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.  birdyucci@hotmail.com
  • Ilana Blankman--Vertical rope, Handstands, Aerial fabric & Hoop. ilanablankman@gmail.com 
  • Amy Christian--Partner Acrobalance, Aerial Fabric, Stiltwalking. amy@wisefoolnm.org
  • Devon Lang—Pole.  likeduh@bust.com 505 629-3970
  • Colleen McKeown--Partner Acrobalance, Trapeze, Duo Trapeze, Lyra/Aerial Hoop. cebmckeown@gmail.com
  • Sarah-Jane Moody--Clown, Physical Theatre.  sarahjanemoody@yahoo.com
  • Joshua Sage—Unicycle. sageland@me.com 505 570-9484 
  • Laura Stokes--Aerials.  laura@laurastokes.com 503 442-6693