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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.

Spring Session: March 23 to May 17 

Circus Sampler 

with Moussa

This sampler workshop is open to all ages and offers a variety of circus skills including diabolo, tumbing, acrobatics, juggling and more.  Moussa will teach both kids and adults how to do it together--come on your own or bring your friends and family!  Moussa is a dynamic and inspiring professional circus performer who has toured with the amazing UniverSoul Circus and now lives in Santa Fe.  He will be starting up a regular ongoing class and this is your chance to check out his upbeat sytle and mad skills in a sampler class, only $10 for youth and $15 for adults.  

Teacher contact registration: Contact Moussa at mkourouma14@yahoo.fr to register. (Note--not a typo, yahoo.fr is the French yahoo)

All-Ages, All-Levels Circus Sampler
Sunday April 27, 2-4:30 pm 

$10 for youth,$15 for adults

Vertical Rope (Corde Lisse) 

with Ilana Blankman

This intermediate/advanced rope class will start with a half an hour of handstand conditioning and practice, then from 6:30 to 8, we will be exploring the world of vertical rope (corde lisse). The class is suitable for folks at an intermediate and up level (able to do several moves in a row on fabric or rope without coming down, able to invert off the ground, comfortable with ramone drop and helicopter). We will be looking at open and slack drops, dynamic movement, sequencing/transitions and good old technique. 

Ilana started circus with Wise Fool 7 years ago and has been teaching aerial classes for the last 5 years. She has spent the last year at the professional training course at Circomedia School of Physical Theatre and Circus in Bristol, England and since then toured with a traditional circus, performed for Impact Artists and Greentop Circus, and taught at Circomedia and Black and Blue (in Liverpool, England).  She has recently returned to Santa Fe and Wise Fool, bringing lots of new tricks and technique to share from her travels. 

Teacher contact registration: Ilana Blankman, pixii51@gmail.com or 505-310-9723

Intermediate/Advanced Rope Class
Four Mondays, starting April 21st, 6-8 pm
$74 for the 4 week series. Drop-ins are $25.  It is also possible to take only the rope section of the course. 


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!

Teacher contact registration: Victoria at wisefoolyouth@gmail.com

All Levels Trapeze
Tuesdays 7:15 - 8:45pm 

Aerial Fabric

with Amy Christian and Kelly McDowell

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! No drop-ins during this session after February 13, please. 

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

All Levels Aerial Fabric
Mondays, 10:00 - 11:30am

Beginner Fabric 
Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:45pm

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


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
Sunday, May 4  1pm - 4pm
Cost for the three-hour workshop is $40. Early bird special of $35 if you register and pay by April 30.
Some experience with acrobalance or acroyoga required. Should be healthy with no major injuries. Minimum of 6 participants needed to run this workshop.

AcroBalance Jam
Thursdays, 7:15 - 9:00pm
Unstructured time for those with some acrobalance experience to practice their skills.  Only $5 drop-in fee, come by and play!

Red Nose Clown

with Sarah Jane Moody

The art and play of the red nose clown is a fundamental foundation for any work you do on stage, from circus to Shakespeare. We will explore breath, stage presence, improv, comedic timing and takes, partner work, and authenticity: all through the filter of the clown. 

Teacher contact/registration: Sarah Jane at sarahjanemoody@yahoo.com

Intro to Theatrical Red Nose Clown

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Circus ParKour

with Nikesha Breeze

a New Class at wise fool for all levels!  Utilizing the philosophy of ParKour, Aerial Circus Training and a Daoist approach to movement, We will explore a range of skills and expression up and over a fun and challenging obstacle course developed each class, including aerial equipment, ropes, mats, vaults and more.  The philosophy of ParKour is to move efficiently and quickly through various challenges and obstacles in an urban environment, allowing the body to flow with nature and to sharpen the mind and senses.  The ancient Daoists and Martial arts masters also use these principles in training. We will explore these ideas and more in a safe and supported environment with expert coaching and spotting, so that anyone can join and enjoy this fun and exciting class. Each class will include basic tumbling, aerial and climbing skills, flexibility training and injury prevention, as well as a super fun and safe environment to move in a free-form style and creative flow. Nikesha Breeze is a professional Acrobat and Circus performer, as well as Daoist Qigong teacher and training Martial artist.  She has been teaching physical arts for over 20 years and is a trained gymnastic spotter and coach.

Teacher contact/registration: Nikesha Breeze 575.613.2193   or email info@nikeshabreeze.com

Intro to Circus ParKour

Mondays 12-1:30pm

Circus Conditioning 

with Victoria Quine

Get in shape like an acrobat! This 60-minute, weekly fitness class will condition your body for several circus and acrobatic elements: trapeze, aerial rope and fabric, handstands and partner acrobatics, while improving overall strength, balance and flexibility on the ground and in the air. This drop-in fitness class is perfect for all levels, from beginners to seasoned circus addicts, and improves your performance in any sport or physical movement. Use Circus Conditioning Class to bust out of a fitness plateau, build up to the next stage of aerial work, and create a lean and toned body. Must be 14+ and able to lift 20 pounds. Please wear stretchy clothing you don't mind being upside down in, bring a water bottle, and be ready to smile and work up a sweat!

Teacher contact registration: Victoria at wisefoolyouth@gmail.com

Circus Conditioning - All Levels
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00pm
$12/class - Drop-ins welcome any time! 


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. 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