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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 you register for 8-week session ($16/class). $22/class if dropping in. Check each class description for drop-in policy.


September 14 - November 8

See below for class descriptions and contact information for registration

Intro to Circus

with Amy Bertucci-Nieto & Freyr

A perfect way to find your place in the circus! No experience necessary. This class will introduce students to stilt-walking, trapeze, fabric, and partner acrobalance in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Contact Amy Bertucci-Nieto at birdyucci@hotmail.com to register.

Trapeze & Lyra
with Ilana Blankman and Colleen McKeown
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!

Pre-registration is encouraged as classes fill up fast!

Beginner Trapeze & Lyra: Mondays 5:30-7pm, no experience necessary!

Continuing Trapeze & Lyra: Tuesdays 7:15 - 8:45, for students that have taken at least two sessions of trapeze or with previous experience in trapeze/lyra.

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

Aerial Fabric
with Ilana Blankman, Elise Southwick & Heather Muntean

Contact ilanablankman@gmail.com to register for all fabric classes.

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.

Mixed Level Fabric: Mondays 10 - 11:30 am, suitable for complete beginners all the way through advanced students. Contact
Fabric 1: Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm, designed for total beginners, you will learn the fundamental skills and build strength.
Fabric 2 - 3: Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm, for students who have taken at least one session of fabric classes and including students in the continuing group of last session's beginner class. Also suitable for more intermediate students who prefer to learn at a slower pace.
Fabric 3 - 4: Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45 pm, for continuing students, able to hip key and invert in the air.

Open Studio
with Chantal Bustamante
An opportunity to practice what you're learning in classes. Supervised but not a led class.
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Sundays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm  
$10 drop in for currently enrolled students

Family Circus

With Elise Southwick and Chantal Bustamante

Want some high-quality family time? Try it in the air! This new family circus class will give parents a chance to climb like a kid and kids a chance to show their parents the way. Students will learn trapeze, fabric, juggling, stilt-walking & acrobalance. 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.
Sundays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Cost is $320 for a parent-child duo and $140 for each additional family member.
Contact youth@wisefoolnm.org to register.

Aerial Straps

With Chantal Bustamante

Embrace new challenges and perspective with aerial straps! This simple apparatus will provide enough tests of resolve to last a lifetime, yet that is where the beauty lies! This class will include conditioning, skills and “straps philosophy” or body awareness while on the apparatus.  This is a great supplement for any aerialist, but all are welcome.  You do not need to be the circus “strong man” to succeed in straps, however determination is a must! Some previous aerial experience or fitness training required.

Contact chantal.bustamante@gmail.com to register.


With Elise Southwick

Flexibility is at the core of many circus disciplines. Expand your range of motion in a safe and concscientious way.

Beginners: Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:45

Continuing: Wednesdays 10 - 11:30

Contact esouth87@gmail.com to register.

Acrobalance Class 
with Colleen McKeown & Michael Naimain

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. 
All Levels Acrobalance: Mondays 7:15 - 8:45 
Teacher Contact/Registration: Colleen McKeown, cebmckeown@gmail.com

with Elise Southwick
Looking for a fun way to gain strength and stamina in your handstands? Each class will include approximately 45 minutes of warm up and conditioning and 45 minutes handstand technique.
All Levels: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00
Teacher Contact/Registration: Elise Southwick, esouth87@gmail.com 


with David Nieto

Life is more fun on one wheel! Learn the basics of unicycling or add on more advanced skills to your unicycling practice. Suitable for all ages and all experience levels.

All levels: Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00pm

Contact youth@wisefoolnm.org to register


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 & Trapeze. 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
  • Elise Southwick-- Flexibility, aerial fabric, aerial rope, handstands esouth87@gmail.com.
  • Sarah-Jane Moody--Clown, Physical Theatre.  sarahjanemoody@yahoo.com
  • Joshua Sage—Unicycle. sageland@me.com 505 570-9484 
  • Laura Stokes--Lyra, Fabric, Rope, Contortion.  laura@laurastokes.com 503 442-6693