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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)

See bottom of this page for Private Lessons pricing and availability.

Classes below for Summer Session, July 1 to Aug 25.   Fall Session starts September 7

Acrobalance/Acroyoga Workshop--Saturday August 2

with Amy Christian

A great way to build strength, flexibility, core centering, and community all while having fun! Acrobalance (also known as acro yoga) is sweeping the nation and here's your chance to try it out. No experience and no partner necessary! 

  • Noon to 1pm - we will focus on the basics - great for folks with little to no experience and a fun warm up for everyone else
  • 1 to 3pm - continuing skills - we'll work on some flows, washing machines, transitions or if you're a beginner you'll continue with the skills you are learning
  • 3 to 4pm - acro jam!! stay and play!! free for anyone who has taken the workshop

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/Acroyoga: Saturday, August 2, noon to 3 pm with open jam from 3-4   $40 with a $5 discount for those who register and pay in advance byWednesday July 30th

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

Stretching / Contortion * 

with Daniel Patrick

Bend it, but don't break it!  In this class, we are going to be exploring all types of flexibility to leave students with stretches they can continue outside of class to prepare for and improve contortion.  We will learn warm-up stretches for splits, back (upper, middle, and lower), pike, shoulders, neck, and toe point, as well as deeper stretches to increase our overall range of flexibility.  In addition to solo exercises, we will work on partner stretches that increase how far we can go in specific positions.  This class is intended for all skill levels; wherever your current flexibility is at we will work together to improve form and range.

All Levels Stretching/Contortion: Thursdays 5:30 to 7pm 

Hand Balancing *

with Daniel Patrick
Let's learn to stand on our hands!  For those looking to embark on a new and rigorous training routine, hand balancing is a great strength and endurance building discipline; a skill that truly shocks viewers.  The class is geared towards improving form and strength; we will work on conditioning exercises that focus on press strength and balance. We will also learn the correct way to spot handstands so students can work together safely outside of class times.   The class is structured to spend a brief time stretching, then move onto handstand holds and conditioning with many different exercises, and finally, the final portion of class spent working on tricks.  All skill levels are welcome to get in this fast-paced class!

All Levels Hand Balancing: Thursdays 7:15 to 8:45pm 

*Excellent classes to take together for best results and overall improvement*

 From the hills of New England, Danny has been bending and upside down for the better part of his life, as an athlete, and then as an artist.  A graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts, he enjoys sharing his love for all things flexible, inverted, and abstract through teaching and performance.  www.daniel-patrick.com

Teacher Contact and RegistrationDaniel Patrick, Cell - 603 843 5290 (best way to reach ), DanielPatrickCircus@gmail.com

Vertical Rope (Corde Lisse) 

Beginning Rope for Aerialsists: Tuesdays 5:30-7pm 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. 

Intermediate/Advanced Rope: Tuesdays 7:15-8:45pm with Enrique Escajeda 

In this class we will dive deeper in the realm of corde lisse. This class is geared twoards those who want to further their understanding of aerial rope. We explore more advanced tricks as well as active dropping and the effects it has on various wraps. WE will try various types of climbs both from the efficient and inefficient. For those ready to tackle the world of beats we will learn the various styles of aerial beats in rope and build our way up to release and open tricks. At the end of every class there will be conditioning to push strength ability forward.

Enrique Escajeda is a professional aerialist with seven years experience teaching and performing rope. Enrique did most of his training in Los Angeles and furthered his education at Circomedia in Bristol, England. He was most recently the head flying trapeze instructor at Club Med in Florida where he also performed rope and silks. He has also taught extensively in Los Angeles and is in Santa Fe for the summer performing in the Santa Fe Opera.

Teacher contact registration: Ilana Blankman,  ilanablankman@gmail.com or 505-310-9723, enriquexsmith@gmail.com



with Victoria Quine

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!

Beginning Trapeze: Mondays 5:30-7pm 

Intermediate Trapeze: Mondays 7:15-8:45

Teacher contact registration: Victoria at youth@wisefoolnm.org

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, 7:15 - 8:45pm

Continuing Fabric: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm

Teacher contact/registration: Amy at amy@wisefoolnm.org.


with Amy Christian

 A great way to build strength, flexibility, core centering, and community all while having fun! Acrobalance (also known as acro yoga) is sweeping the nation and here's your chance to try it out. No experience and no partner necessary! You can visit acrosantafe.com for more info on local acro teachers Amy Christian and Colleen McKeown.

Intro to Acrobalance
Contact Amy at amy@wisefoolnm.org to set up a private session. 

Continuing Acrobalance Workshop
Some experience with acrobalance or acroyoga required. Should be healthy with no major injuries. Three hour intensives once a month, call Amy for details. Minimum of 6 participants needed to run this workshop.


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.

  • Sarah-Jane Moody--Clown, Physical Theatre.  Contact: sarahjanemoody@yahoo.com
  • Ilana Blankman--Vertical rope. Handstands, Aerial fabric & Hoop.  Contact: pixii51@gmail.com
  • Amy Bertucci-Nieto--Trapeze, Duo Trapeze, Acrobatic Stiltwalking. Contact: birdyucci[at]hotmail.com
  • Amy Christian--Partner Acrobalance, Aerial Fabric, Stiltwalking. Contact: amy[at]wisefoolnm.org
  • Colleen McKeown--Partner Acrobalance, Trapeze, Duo Trapeze, Lyra/Aerial Hoop. Contact: cebmckeown[at]gmail.com
  • Joshua Sage—Unicycle. Contact: sageland@me.com 505 570-9484 
  • Devon Lang—Pole.  Contact: likeduh@bust.com 505 629-3970