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 strength and skills needed to make more exciting theatre, including aerial acrobatics, stilt-walking, juggling, hand-balancing, stage combat and more.

Students who are looking to take their circus training and theatrical skills to the next level or audition into a multi-year circus program may be interested in the Professional Circus Training Program.

If you’re interested in trying out a class, we offer $30 drop ins for our adult classes.

You’ll find yourself accomplishing things you never dreamed of doing – with practice, you could even Learn to Fly.

Winter & Spring Class Schedule

January 8 – May 6

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Aerial Arts

Beginning: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30p, Fridays 1-2p
Beginning/Intermediate: Mondays 7:30-8:30p
All-Level: Saturdays 10-11a
Take your skills to the next level and combine aerial sequences to create performance routines.

Aerial Choreography and Performance

Wednesdays 7:45-9p
Use skills learned in previous aerial classes to develop more cohesive sequencing and complex choreography. Teacher permission required.

Circus Arts

Circus Arts I: Wednesdays 6:30-7:45p
Circus Arts II: Mondays 6-7:30p
In this circus class, students gain an introduction to the Circus Arts, developing a basic skill set while increasing their strength and flexibility. Tumbling, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, Spanish web, globe, juggling, stilt-walking, and tight wire are among the skills offered.

Circus Fitness

Fridays 9:45-10:45a
Combine known exercises and circus in a brand new way! Increase flexibility, improve endurance and overall strength while learning, and improving new motor skills. Work at your own physical ability through circuits and group activities to achieve the best workout! Apparatuses include static trapeze, spanish web, and aerial silks.

Clown

Mondays 7-9p
Move hard! Make bold choices! Celebrate whimsy! Learn to devise expressive performance using Clown, improvisation, and object partnering.

Flexibility/Contortion

Flexibility: Thursdays 6-7p
Contortion: Thursdays 6-7:30p
Not as flexible as you want to be? For serious, aspiring contortionists or people who want a really good stretch. This extreme yoga class promotes flexibility, strength and healthy circulation. 

Gymnastics

Mondays 8:30-9:30p
Learn to tumble or just practice your skills in a multi-level class where everyone, beginning student to advanced, is welcome.

Advanced Gymnastics

Mondays 8:30-10p
Looking to really polish your skills? Stay after Gymnastics for the 30 minute advanced class to perfect your technique. Teacher permission required.

Inversion Immersion

Mondays 6-7p
Start from scratch to learn the fundamentals of flight in inversions training. Gain access to your strength and confidence to de-mystify headstands, forearm stands & handstands.

Intermediate Silks

Tuesdays 8:30-9:45p
Silks is for students who took at least one aerial arts class at the Actors Gym and have received permission from their teacher to progress. Participants master wraps, drops, sequencing, and choreography and develop skills to perform more advanced aerial routines and techniques.

NU S.O.S.

In this student organized seminar for Northwestern students, students gain an introduction to the Circus Arts, developing a basic skill set while increasing their strength and flexibility. Tumbling, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, Spanish web, globe, juggling, stilt-walking, and tight wire are among the skills offered.

Partner Acrobatics

Thursdays 6:15-7:45p
Use counterbalance and weight sharing techniques with a partner to build trust. Explore hands free movement and apply unique flow to perform acrobatic feats such as two high, angels, and birds. No partner required to join.

SAFD: Single Weapon Certification in Sword

Sundays 10a-1:30p
January 21 – March 25

Love classic action movies like Errol Flynn’s “Robin Hood” or “The Princess Bride”? Learn Single Sword, a theatrical style of sword play dating back to the golden age of Hollywood.

Single Sword is a theatrical style of sword play dating back to the golden age of Hollywood. Featured in the classic swashbuckling great movies of the 30’s and 40’s and modern classics like “The Princess Bride”. Influenced by modern sabre fencing, this is one of the most useful sword techniques to master. Particular attention will be paid to the safeties required to perform fights as well as how to connect stage combat techniques to text, character and intention. The course will conclude with a skills proficiency test. Students that pass will receive a Society of American Fight Director’s certificate in Single Sword. Taught by Society of American Fight Directors Vice-President Chuck Coyl.

SAFD: Unarmed Combat

Saturdays 11a-2:30p
January 20 – March 24

This class will cover basic techniques needed to create a safe and effective fight for the stage. Students learn the basics of all aspects of unarmed stage combat, falling, grappling, punches, kicks, etc. Particular attention will be paid to the safeties required to perform fights as well as how to connect stage combat techniques to text, character and intention. The course will conclude with a skills proficiency test. Students that pass will receive a Society of American Fight Director’s certificate in Unarmed.

“[I] managed to do a back-tuck while being spotted by Javen…It was totally a rush! I didn’t even realize I landed on my feet until like a minute after. It was like ‘woah, I really just did that.’ – Ryan C.

Students who are looking to take their circus training and theatrical skills to the next level or audition into a multi-year circus program may be interested in the Professional Circus Training Program.

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“I attempted the foot web after refusing it for two years of beginner’s classes due to fear. I finally ‘did’ it and I was glad I overcame that fear. It was an important milestone for me as a 52 year old with no background in the gymnastic sports.” – Joel L.


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