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Reach for the stars. 🙌

From trapeze to gymnastics, there's a circus class for everyone at the Actors Gym. All ages. All levels. No experience required.

We'll make this quick:

We’ve spent the last 25 years teaching thousands of adults and kids that they are capable of more than they ever thought was possible.

The secret? Circus is more than elephants and clowns in tents. It’s physical and mental fitness. It’s learning to trust and believe in yourself.

We teach confidence.

It’s that simple. Though our classes focus on juggling, stilts, aerial arts, and more, the most important skill we teach is confidence.

You’ll never forget the first time you mount a trapeze, and our students tell us that the self esteem they build here stays with them for the rest of their lives.

World-Class Instructors

Our Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi is a second generation circus performer who grew up touring with various circuses, including Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. In 2019, she and her family, The Hernandez Troupe, were inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame for their monumental contributions to the world of circus.
Sylvia always sees your potential. She sees the strongest version of a person rather than assuming their weakness or lack of capability. So as a student, you are able to change what you think your own limits are.
– Cordelia Dewdney, Lookingglass Artistic Associate

All are welcome

Seriously. We believe in diversity in all its forms, and there’s no experience necessary to join.

Our weekly classes are typically divided into 16-week terms. Though we encourage students to save money and guarantee a spot in class by registering in advance for a full term, we also offer pro-rated registration on a rolling basis.

Financial aid is available!

Adult Classes

For ages 16+
Our popular adult classes cater to both individuals looking for unique ways to stay active and learn new skills, as well as performers who want to build to strength and skills needed to make more exciting theatre, including aerial acrobatics, stilt-walking, juggling, hand-balancing, stage combat, and more.

Kids Classes

Ages 2 and up
We offer a variety of classes that not only teach various circus, aerial, and performing arts skills including juggling, unicycling, stilt-walking, tight-wire, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, and Spanish web; but also teach children how to take risks, explore their imagination and creativity, build their strength and self confidence, and develop discipline and focus.

Birthday Parties

Our expert instructors will help make your birthday unforgettable!


Custom interactive experiences for anything you can dream of.


We’re proud to bring classes to students throughout Chicagoland.