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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 20th (Teen and Family CIrcus continue in Dec)

See below for class descriptions and contact information for registration

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

Beginner Flexibility: Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:45

This is a foundation level class for those who want to focus on the basic elements of stretching and improving their flexibility capacity. If you want to better understand how your body works, set stretching goals, or just need to loosen up, this is the class for you!

Continuing: Wednesdays 10 - 11:30

This class is for students looking to increase their range of motion both passively and actively, and for those who want a compassionate yet demanding class. We will be doing a lot of strengthening as well as stretching. Aspiring contortionists welcome. Prerequisite: Teacher permission

Contact esouth87@gmail.com to register.

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
Whether you're completely new to going upside down or you're looking for a fun way to gain strength and stamina in your handstands, this class is sure to be a fun and tough workout! Handstands can be a very slow but rewarding process and this class will give you the tools you need to work towards better lines, balance and fun shapes.

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

Hula Hoop/Twin Hoop

4-Week Session, October 1-29th

Thursdays 7:30 to 9pm

Join Sarah Starlight for a fun and challenging hoop class where we will explore prop manipulation technique and dance flow with light-weight hoops. Using one and two hoops, we will focus primarily on off-body skills including isolations, weaves, tosses, poi-style hooping, and choreographed sequences. This class is perfect for beginners just discovering the hoop or experienced hoopers who want to deepen their practice. Each class will build upon the previous in this 4-week series, and individualized attention will be given to various levels. Light-weight hoops will be provided for in-class use.

Sarah Starlight is an interdisciplinary artist, hoop and fire dancer, aerialist, and yogi. Sarah has performed with many notable artists including the HoopGirl Allstars, Upswing Aerial Dance Company, and the legendary performance artist Annie Sprinkle, among others. Thriller, Sarah’s groundbreaking partner-hooping collaboration with Nicole Wong of Cherry Hoops, won Best Video of the Year Hoopie 2012.

Contact sarahstolar@mac.com to register

Aerial Rope

with Elise Southwick

An advanced level class for students who have completed Fabric 4 or have previous rope experience. The class includes open drops, momentum, one arm holds and other challenging skills for advanced students.

Contact esouth87@gmail.com 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