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.

Summer Schedule

June 11 – August 4
Beginner adult classes are $190 and and advanced classes are $225 for the full 8 week term.

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Aerial Arts

Tuesdays 7:45 – 8:45 PM
Saturdays 1 – 2 PM
Take your skills to the next level and combine aerial sequences to create performance routines.

Chinese Pole

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45
Chinese Pole, an art form used in circus acts is a static pole on which artists perform various tricks. Performers climb, slide and hold poses with the “the flag” being the most famous trick. Students will increase core and upper body strength needed to perform at their best.

If you already have an exercise regimen and are interested in increasing your core and upper body strength – ditch the gym! This class can replace your upper body day. Even bodybuilders, CrossFit athletes, and regular gym enthusiasts test out Chinese Pole tricks.

Gym/Wrestling Shoes required. Feiyue martial arts shoes recommended. Stretchy Jeans with a belt and tight fitting shirt work best for training Chinese pole.

Circus Arts

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:45 PM
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

Note: This class will not meet on May 11. It’s price has been adjusted accordingly.

Tuesdays 8 – 9  AM
Saturdays 9 – 10 AM
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.

Flexibility/Contortion

Note: This class will not meet on May 10. It’s price has been adjusted accordingly.

Flexibility: Thursdays 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Contortion: Thursdays 7:15 – 8:45 PM
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

Beginning: Mondays 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Advanced: Mondays 8:30 – 9:45 PM
Learn to tumble or just practice your skills in a multi-level class where everyone, beginning student to advanced, is welcome. Looking to really polish your skills? Stay after Gymnastics for the 15 minute advanced class to perfect your technique. Teacher permission required.

Inversion Immersion (Handstands)

Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 PM
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.

Silks

Tuesdays 8:45 – 10 PM
For students who have taken 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.

“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.

FAQs

Drop-in classes (for adults only) can be purchased online for $30 per class session.

In general, students start with and repeat recreational-level classes until they develop a higher level of confidence, strength and proficiency. While a background in dance, gymnastics or other athletic pursuits will be an advantage, circus arts and physical theatre employ our muscle groups in different ways than other activities and it most often takes several sessions for students of all ages to adapt and master skills necessary to move to the advanced level.

Students need to receive instructor permission to take advanced classes and in some cases, advancement is subject to passing a skills test. If you feel ready to advance to an advanced-level class, we encourage you to talk to your instructor, who can assess if you are ready.

We recommend wearing clothing you are comfortable moving in, that is not too loose fitting.

Close-toed gym shoes should be worn to Parkour and all Circus Arts classes to use during stilting and unicycling. All other classes require bare feet.

Absolutely! Please feel free to call us at 847-328-2795 to register, since pro-rated tuition is only available when registering over the phone.

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow make-ups for missed classes, as it makes it challenging for us to ensure a safe ratio of students to instructors in each class.

At the Actors Gymnasium, we operate on a philosophy that using multiple apparatus in conjunction with each other builds the increased strength, confidence, and performance skills critical to help artists achieve a level of competence that allows for the meaningful concentration on a specialized skill or apparatus. Because of that, most of our classes teach multiple apparatus.

Foundational skills remain constant from one apparatus to another. Wraps, climbs, hangs and most baseline tricks can be learned and improved on any apparatus. Until students reach an advanced skill level with sufficient strength and knowledge, the benefits of specializing will be minimal.

If you are ready to start focusing on one particular apparatus, we encourage you to consider taking private lessons with us.

No, the parking lot at the Noyes Cultural Arts center is easy for students to be dropped off and picked up before and after class.

For those who want to stay nearby, there are benches throughout the building where you can wait for your child as well as Tallmadge Park just outside our doors.

No, parents are not allowed to sit in on their child’s class, unless the class is a parent-participation class.

Parents, friends and guests are invited to attend class on parent observation days only, which takes place on the last class in each session. An email reminder will be sent.

A full refund, minus the $25 administrative fee, will be issued for students cancelling prior to the start of the first class session. If cancellation is made prior to the start of the third class session a refund, minus the $25 administrative fee and the prorated cost of the first classes, will be issued.

We do not offer any refunds after the the third class session has taken place.

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