Running through May 29
16 week in-person classes are $425 – $450 or $30/drop in. Online classes meet via Zoom and are $50 for 4 weeks or $15/drop in. Tuition for full semesters is automatically prorated.
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Our signature “Learn to Fly” class. Build strength and flexibility while learning sequences on trapeze, lyra, Spanish web, and aerial silks. Discover your daring side as you execute a variety of climbs, inversions, and drops.
Our Aerial Arts classes are perfect for performers looking to add new skills to their arsenal as well as for non-performers seeking a unique physical challenge.
Active flexibility and functional strength drills for budding aerialists, plus a healthy dose of low impact cardio for good measure.
Ballet For Aerialists
A basic ballet class focused on the fundamentals of the technique. A strong emphasis on alignment, proper muscular engagement, and upper/lower body connectivity.
Sundays 10am – 1:30pm
Learn to fight in the style seen in the Game of Thrones and Outlander TV series. Particular attention is paid to proper partnering and acting the fight. This class will cover the basics of Broadsword stage combat including attacks, defenses, and footwork. Participants will have the opportunity to take the Society of American Fight Directors skills proficiency test.
Chinese POle (Beginning)
Push your limits on Chinese Pole! Students will increase core and upper body strength, build endurance and improve active flexibility as we climb, slide, and spin on this unique apparatus.
Pre requisites - 5 full push ups, the ability to hang for 30 seconds. Pole shoes required, stretch denim pants and long sleeves recommended
Experience all things acrobatic in our Circus Arts classes! Each week includes training in the foundations of tumbling, ground skills, and aerial skills. This class is perfect for those interested in training strength, flexibility, and balance across a wide variety of skills: gymnastics, silks, lyra, trapeze, Spanish web, rolling globe, juggling, stilt walking and more.
Fridays 9:45-10:45am or Fridays 5:30-6:30pm
Upgrade your workout regimen! Join us for a truly unique fitness experience that incorporates circus apparatus to train muscles you didn’t even know you had. Think squats...but in an aerial silk! This class is beginner-friendly and open to all fitness levels.
Note that the online section does not require any special equipment, but still provides a great, full-body workout from the comfort of home.
This class will begin with a warm up using exercises drawn from various dance techniques including ballet, modern, and jazz. Strong focus on musicality and full body movements. Class will culminate in a fun combo. Open to all levels.
Flexibility & Contortion
Flexibility: Thursdays 6 – 7pm
Contortion: Thursdays 7 – 8pm (Instructor permission required)
Get ready to get bendy! In this all levels class we will focus on building a balance of flexibility and strength to increase mobility and work towards becoming a human pretzel. Different classes will focus on different body regions including hip, back, and side bending/twisting.
Ground to Air Choreography
This course will be divided into two units, focusing on Trapeze and Fabric. Each unit will consist of in class movement based research, inspired by weekly creative prompts. Through this research students will collaborate to create two short choreographed acts. A basic skill level of trapeze and fabric are required, but it is not necessary to be a master of either apparatus to participate.
People of all physical backgrounds are welcome in this multi-level class! Students work with an instructor to push their individual tumbling abilities and develop increased coordination and agility.
Handstands & Handbalancing
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm or Mondays 7:30-8:30pm
Start from scratch and learn the fundamentals of flight in inversions training. Gain access to your strength and confidence to de-mystify headstands, forearm stands & handstands.
Bored of twiddling your thumbs in quarantine? Expand your juggling skills in this online class. Learn new throws, balances, patterns and develop your own style with the impressive David Chervony!
Do you want to practice juggling this winter but don't have anywhere to go? Come to our brand new juggling club! Whether you're a beginner trying to master three balls or an expert working your next amazing trick, this club is for you.
Returning in May: Thursdays 7-9pm
Come join us and get unstuck! The Incubation Lab is a space for creatives of all mediums to explore and connect during this pause in our respective industries. Led by experienced devisers and guest artists, this bi-weekly class will provide you with exercises, prompts, and the space you need to get out of your head and excited about creating. Bring a piece that is in process, or start from scratch every class. Either way, we’ll create a community of artists who will support each other with curated feedback and consistent accountability.
Increase strength and mobility in a mat-based class for all fitness levels. Improve posture and build better movement habits through increased body awareness. Great as a standalone class, or as a complement to other circus work.
Return to Circus
Get back into your circus brain and body in this general circus course! Each week consists of ground and aerial-based skills, including flexibility, handstands, tumbling, conditioning, and an alternating unit between bar apparatus and vertical apparatus.
We will start with a slow ramp up, to build strength, mobility, and endurance so that we can get you comfortably back in the air and upside down. We'll review basic aerial skills with the addition of new ones as we progress throughout the course.
The advertising doesn’t lie: you will learn to fly! Yes, even me, 185 pounds of mom and sedentary desk worker. Do your inner child a favor and take a class here. The teachers are so supportive, figuratively and sometimes literally. I took the adult aerial arts class (with Sylvia and David) and I surprised myself by getting a lot stronger and learning so much over the course of 16 weeks. I did things on the last day of class that I never would have believed I could do on the first.
– Emily P., Yelp Reviewer
Please note: All class sales are final, and refunds will not be given if classes are moved online due to health restrictions.
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.
Yes! If you register online after the class has started, your tuition will be automatically pro-rated.
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.