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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 Classes -- September 7 through November 2

Theatrical Red Nose

with Sarah-Jane Moody

Via the red nose clown, we will explore comedic timing, stage presence, breath, the absurd, problem solving in the clown world, stillness, character development, and improvisation in duos and trios.  This class is great for a deeper recognition of who we are and what we have to offer on stage, from circus to Shakespeare.   All levels welcome.  

Sarah-Jane has worked with Wise Fool since 1996 teaching and performing red nose clown.  She is a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has studied clown with Avner Eisenberg, Giovanni Fusetti, Ronlin Foreman, and Hillary Chaplain to name a few.  

Theatrical Red Nose: Tuesdays 5:30 - 7pm

Teacher contact/registration sarahjanemoody@yahoo.com

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. Jam starts week 1, September 11.
  • Class instruction will be every other week, starting week 2, Thursday September 18. 

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  Classes are alternate weeks starting September 18, October 2, 16, and 30.  $16 per night, Acro Jam nights are only $5! Drop-ins welcome.

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

Nightlife Burlesque Conditioning and Pole

with Devon Lang

In this class we will build strength, flexibility and movement skills through exotic dancing floor work, as well as beginning to intermediate-level pole dancing.  All genders and bodies welcome for this spicy late-evening workout.  Please come with short shorts and your skin free of lotions and oils.  Devon Lang has been a pole dancer for nine years and has been teaching pole in New Mexico since 2010.  She loves creating a fun, laid back environment to explore movement arts in all of their sexy and awkward glory.     

All Levels Conditioning & Pole: Thursdays 7:30 - 9pm

Teacher Contact: Devon Lang, likeduh@bust.com 505-629-3970

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, 7:15 - 8:45pm

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

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