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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)

Fall Session 2 Classes 

Session runs November 3 to December 19, with two weeks off for Thanksgiving and Circus Luminous! (Nov 18-Dec 1).  This is a 5 week class session for only $80.  New this session:  Dance for Circus Artists, Intro to Aerials, and Friday Night Open Studio for current students.  

Special aerial workshops with visiting artist Rachel Walker Dec 7-13

Student's Name

Dance for Circus Artists!
with Whitney Jones

All Levels Dance:  Thursdays 7:30-9pm $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 5:30-7pm
Teacher contact and Registration: birdyucci@hotmail.com

Juggling Jam Session
Sundays 12-2pm 
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
Fridays, 7-9pm  $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!): Thursdays 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 

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: Tuesdays 7:15-8:45pm

Teacher contact registration: Ilana 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 6:30 - 8pm 

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.


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