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Kids Classes

For over 25 years, Actors Gym’s classes have helped thousands of kids discover they are capable of more than they’ve ever imagined.

All ages. All levels. No experience required.

New student? Your first class is on us!
Just select the “free trial offer” at checkout.

The transformation in Safiya over the school year was remarkable . . . This experience of AG isn’t just a class, it’s a life skill my daughter is acquiring. She is learning to be her best self, to have fun, to take risk and to always stretch to do more.

– Melissa B., Parent

FALL CLASSES

Running through December 12

Classes are $400 – $475 for the full semester. It’s not too late to register! Tuition is automatically prorated when you sign up.

Financial aid and payment plans are available!

New: Register for a full semester of any class and get a clown dance fitness or flexibility class to supplement your training for 50% off!

Just email jack@actorsgymnasium.org to request your promo code once you’ve signed up for your first class.

Circus Learning Pods

Small group, socially distanced circus and theatre activities from the comfort of your yard or a nearby green space.

Ballet for Junior Aerialists

Dance

7th – 10th grade: Tuesdays 5 – 6pm

A basic ballet class focused on the fundamentals of the technique that can translate into more controlled expression on aerial apparatuses. A strong emphasis on alignment, proper muscular engagement, and upper/lower body connectivity.

Capoeira

Dance

Ages 15+: Fridays 4:15 – 5:15pm

Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art, is where the rhythm of dance, the playfulness of a game, and the intensity of a fighting system meet. Be ready to get in shape, move to some music, and learn about another culture. All levels are welcome in this class!
NEW!

Circus arts

Circus

INTRO
1st – 2nd grade: Mondays 5:15 – 6pm

BEGINNER
3rd – 5th grade: Mondays 4:15 – 5:15pm, Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:15pm
3rd – 6th grade: Saturdays 10 – 11am
6th – 8th grade: Mondays 5:15 – 6:15pm

INTERMEDIATE
3rd – 5th grade: Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:15pm
3rd – 6th grade: Saturdays 11am – 12pm
6th – 8th grade: Wednesday 5:15 – 6:15pm

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
6th – 10th grade: Tuesdays 5:15 – 6:15pm

ADVANCED
6th – 8th grade: Fridays 4 – 5pm

Experience all things acrobatic in our Circus Arts classes! Each class includes tumbling, a ground skill, and an aerial skill. This class is perfect for kids interested in learning a wide variety of skills: gymnastics, silks, lyra, trapeze, Spanish web, rolling globe, juggling, stilt walking and more.
Most popular!

Flexibility & Contortion Workshops

Flexibility

Ages 10+

Full Body Flexibility: Thursdays 6 – 7pm (Monthly workshop, $30/class)

Movement for everyone! In this class we will work on hip and back flexibility focusing on building range of motion and developing active flexibility skills.

Advanced Contortion: Thursdays 6 – 8pm (Monthly workshop, $45/class)

Train advanced flexibility and incorporate these skills into acrobatic formations.

Taught by Dahlia Fatale

Flexibility & Contortion Class

Flexibility

Flexibility: Thursdays 6 – 7pm

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.

Contortion: Thursdays 6 – 7:30pm

This is an add-on to the flexibility class; stretch together, and then incorporate these skills into acrobatic formations.

Taught by Oyuna Yadamajav

Flexibility & Contortion Workshops

Flexibility – Online

Dates: 10/21, 11/18, 12/9

Full Body Flexibility: Thursdays 6 – 7pm ($15/drop in)

Movement for everyone! In this class we will work on hip and back flexibility focusing on building range of motion and developing active flexibility skills.

Advanced Contortion: Thursdays 6 – 8pm ($30/drop in)

Add some tricks to your flexibility. This class will focus on deeper hip and back mobility, sustained poses and transitions. Requirements- bridge press up from the floor, right and left splits

Taught by Dahlia Fatale

Imaginastics

Acrobatics

Saturdays 10:15 – 11am

Join us for a session of active and creative play! Through a combination of theater games and physical activities, students will learn about physical awareness, balance, and the connection between movement and imagination.

Juggling Club

Circus

Tuesdays 7:15 – 8:15pm ($5/week)

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.

Junior Ensemble

Circus

6th – 8th grade: Fridays 5 – 6pm

An invitation class for students who would like to continue developing proficiency in a range of circus-theatre skills. These students have taken several classes at Actors Gym and have performed in Youth Circus productions.

Pre-requisites: Instructor's approval required. Students must have taken several Circus Arts classes including introduction/beginner classes to intermediate levels. To participate in the Junior Ensemble class, a student needs to: Juggle 3 balls and flash 3 clubs, freemount unicycle, and perform one split and a walkover. Students also need to have basic dance or circus knowledge to create their own choreography.

Parent-Tot Gymnastics

Acrobatics

Ages 2 – 3: Saturdays 9:15 – 10am

Join us for a session of active and creative play! Through a combination of theater games and physical activities, students will learn about physical awareness, balance, and the connection between movement and imagination.

Parkour

Acrobatics

5th – 8th grade: Saturdays 12:15 – 1:15pm

Art du Déplacement and Parkour are art forms in which practitioners use their bodies to interact with and traverse all types of environments while simultaneously focusing on mental and spiritual development. Though you won't be flipping around and jumping off of rooftops, you will overcome physical and mental obstacles, face fears and discover creative and natural human movements in our classes. You'll strengthen and condition yourself so that you can last in this healthy and positive lifestyle. Students will work together competition-free, never giving up and always improving.

Teen Ensemble

Circus

9th – 12th Grade: Tuesdays 6:15 – 7:30pm and Thursdays 4:45 – 6pm ($1500 for 9 months)

Started in 2005, the Teen Ensemble is an advanced, circus, performing ensemble directed by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi. Through training and performing as an ensemble, these students learn the power of teamwork, goal-setting, and the pursuit of excellence. Ensemble members have usually taken classes with The Actors Gymnasium for many years and moved up through the advanced classes, to the Junior Ensemble and then audition to join the Teen Ensemble.

FAQs

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.

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.