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.
Financial aid is available!
New student? Select the free trial offer at checkout to get your first drop in on us!
Our socially distanced summer camps provide an unforgettable experience for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch, and flex their creative muscles.
Limited space available!
Circus Learning Pods
Small group, socially distanced circus and theatre activities from the comfort of your yard or a nearby green space.
Ballet For Aerialists
Ages 16+: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm
A basic ballet class focused on the fundamentals of the technique. A strong emphasis on alignment, proper muscular engagement, and upper/lower body connectivity.
Ballet For Junior Aerialists
7th – 10th Grade: Tuesdays 5:15-6:15pm
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.
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!
2nd Grade: Mondays 5:15-6pm or Tuesdays 4:15-5pm
3rd - 6th Grade: Mondays 4:15-5pm, Wednesdays 4:15-5pm, or Saturdays 11:15-12pm
7th - 9th Grade: Mondays 5:15-6pm
3rd - 6th Grade: Tuesdays 4-4:45pm
4th - 8th Grade: Wednesdays 5:15-6pm or Saturdays 10:15-11am
5th - 9th Grade: Tuesdays 5-5:45pm
6th - 10th Grade: Fridays 4:15-5:15pm
3rd - 6th Grade: Tuesdays 4:30-5:15pm
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.
Ages 16+: Tuesdays 6:15-7:15pm
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: Thursdays 6 – 7pm (Ages 10+)
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.
Pre-K: 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.
Thursdays 4:15 – 5pm (Ages 8+)
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!
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm (Ages 12+)
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.
8th – 10th Grade: Fridays 5:30 – 6:30pm
The Actors Gym Junior Ensemble is 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. (INSTRUCTOR’S APPROVAL REQUIRED) Pre-requisites: Students 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, perform one split, and a walkover. Students also need to have basic dance or circus knowledge to create their own choreography.
Please note that this class is not included in the monthly membership, since drop ins are not available.
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.
Recycled Puppet Circus
3rd - 9th Grade: Thursdays 4-4:45pm (Ends 5/13 – $25 for two weeks)
Ignite your imagination and discover the magic in everyday objects. Build your very own puppet from recycled materials, then breathe it to life and create a short puppet play inspired by the circus!
9th – 12th Grade: Tuesdays 6:15 – 7:30pm and Thursdays 4:45 – 6pm
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.
Kindergarten – 1st Grade: Mondays 4:15-5pm
Learn early tumbling skills in this fun and creative class! Students will play games, practice basic tumbling skills and meet friends in this class designed to introduce fundamental circus skills.
“I don’t think my daughter would be the fearless, confident, athletic girl she is today without her years of training and experience at The Actors Gymnasium. Could there be a better self-esteem booster than learning how to fly?”
– Peggy N.
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.