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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)


Session 1: May 18 - July 3
Regular adult evening classes are on hold while BUST is in session. There will be some daytime classes continuing during this 6-week period. They are listed below.

Mondays, May 18, 25 & June 22, 29
Mixed Level Aerial Fabrics, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Thursdays, May 22, 28 & June 25 & July 2
Mixed-Level Aerial Fabric, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Open Studio with Ilana Blankman for current students, 5:30-7:00 pm
Sundays, June 7 - 28
Parent/Youth Aerials, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Acro Tumbling w/ Ousmane, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Session 2: July 6 – August 28
Regular adult daytime classes are on hold while Kids Camps are in session. Evening classes will resume. They are listed below. Since this is a 7 week session, unless otherwise noted, the registration price is $112 ($16/class), drop-ins are still $22/class.

Trapeze and Lyra w/ Ilana and Tammy 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Artistic Rhythmic Gymnastic - Hula Hoops w/ Tammy, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Handstand and Flexibility w/ Elise, 7:15 to 8:45 pm 
Beginning Fabric, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Continuing fabric 7:15 to 8:45 pm
Acrobalance w/ Amy C, Colleen, Michael, 5:30 to 7:00 pm 
Open Studio w Ilana, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Trapeze & Lyra
with Ilana Blankman and Tammy Firefly
Class includes a dynamic warm-up, floor exercises and aerial vocabulary, technique, and conditioning on static trapeze & lyra/aerial hoop in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Trapeze and Lyra are hung low at 3' to 7' high. No previous experience necessary!
Mixed Level Trapeze & Lyra: Mondays 5:30-7pm 
Teacher contact/registration: Ilana Blankman, youth@wisefoolnm.org.

Aerial Fabric
with Amy Christian & Ilana Blankman and/or Elise Southwick

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! Sign up for one or more classes per week.

Session 1:
Mixed Level Fabric: Mondays 10 - 11:30 am
Mixed Level Fabric: Thursdays 10 - 11:30 am
Session 2:
Beginning Fabric: Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Continuing Fabric: Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Teacher contact/registration: Amy at amy@wisefoolnm.org. 

Open Studio
with Ilana Blankman
An opportunity to practice what you're learning in classes. Supervised but not a led class.
Fridays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Session 2:
Fridays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm  
$10 drop in for currently enrolled students

Parent & Youth Aerials

With Ilana Blankman and Elise Southwick

Want some high-quality family time? Try it in the air! This new parent-child aerial class will give parents a chance to climb like a kid and kids a chance to show their parents the way. Students will learn both trapeze and fabric. The class is suitable for people of all experience levels, and ages 5 through 75. Kids don't have to bring a parent to participate.

Session 1
Sundays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Cost is $128 for a parent-child duo or $70 for kids only.
Contact youth@wisefoolnm.org to register.

Artistic Rhythmic Gymnastic - Hula Hoops

With Tammy Firefly
Rhythmic hoop dance is inspired by artistic gymnastic. It blends flexibility, arm balances, acrobatics, dance and technical hoop sequences. This 4-week course opens the physical body and helps create a graceful flow while adding dynamic movement through dance and acrobatics. Participating in this course will also help to add confidence in your dance and performance techniques which will enhance your other trainings.
All levels are welcome, would help if participants are comfortable with basic hoop moves, on and off body and some body awareness or yoga, dance or gymnastic training. Not mandatory though.
What to bring:
Bring you hoops, comfortable clothes, water and a light healthy snack.   It is highly recommended that you take notes and film parts of this workshop, so bring something to write on and a video camera!
Session 2, ONLY JULY 6 - JULY 30!
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Teacher Contact: info@tammyfirefly.com  To register for the hoop class follow this link to a registration page.

Acro Tumbling

with Ousmane Sylla
We hope you got to see Ousmane and the other West African acrobats from FEFAFE featured in Circus Luminous. Now is your chance to study with this astounding artist! 
Session 1
All-Ages: Sundays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
For information or to register: 992-2588 or mail@wisefoolnm.org

Acrobalance Class 
with Amy Christian, Colleen McKeown, & Michael

Acrobalance involves the physical act of sharing weight and balancing between two or more people. We'll explore acrobal­ance from both cir­cus and yoga per­spec­gives, blending trust and con­nec­tion with dynamic play, flex­i­bil­ity for mind and body, and phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing. Acrobalance will lit­er­ally turn you upside down and give you a whole new per­spec­tive on your poten­tial to be both strong and sup­ported from the ground up into the air.  No experience and no partner necessary! 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, as well as per­form­ing and chore­o­graph­ing acrobal­ance acts for stages across the US.  

Session 2
All Levels Acrobalance: Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:00   $16 per night drop-ins welcome.
Teacher Contact/Registration: Amy Christian, amy@wisefoolnm.org

Handstand & Flexibility
with Elise Southwick
Looking for a fun way to gain strength and stamina in your handstands? Want to increase your flexibility and range of motion? Whether you're new to circus or an advanced acrobat, this class will get you looking amazing on the ground AND in the air! Each class will include approximately 45 minutes of warm up and stretching technique, and 45 minutes handstand technique.
Session 2
All Levels: Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:45   $16 per night drop-ins welcome.
Teacher Contact/Registration: Elise Southwick, esouth87@gmail.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.  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