Our early childhood development classes benefit kids ages 2-7. These classes help children explore their body’s capacity for movement, promote early social-emotional growth, socialization and physical development such as gross motor skills by fostering a foundation of life-long physical movement through highly interactive hands-on explorations, small group activities and facilitated engagement by parents.
Help prepare your child for the transition to Kindergarten and other structured classroom settings!
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June 11 – August 4
Early childhood classes are $190 for the full 8 week term.
Parent Tot Gymnastics
Ages 2-3: Saturdays 9:15 – 10 AM
In this gymnastics class, parent and child work and play together in a fun, safe, structured, class environment. Your child will develop strength, creativity, and self-esteem while learning new skills and having fun! Parents will also enhance flexibility and strength while spending quality time with their child.
Parents are required to have hands on participation in every class as their child is given the opportunity to try several pieces of gymnastic equipment. Parents learn how to help their child practice these new skills safely outside of class. Please make prior arrangements for siblings not registered for class.
Imaginastics (4-5 Years Old)
Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Saturdays 10 – 10:45 AM
This class focuses on gymnastics and tumbling and using those skills, explores theatrical expression. Each class begins with a warm-up and tumbling instruction. Students then read a story and act it out, using their bodies and new-found skills. This class is a great introduction to physical theatre.
“I have been taking Imaginastics and Circus Arts for over three years. I love being active, making new friends, and learning new fun tricks each week. Ever since my mom signed me up for Imaginastics when I was in Kendergarten [sic], I get excited every week to go to class. Practicing balancing on the ball and on the silks has been so fun!” – Keira W.
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.