Kids Classes

Winter classes run from January 6 through May 3.

Classes are $375 – $450 for the full semester and are pro rated when you register. Payment plans and financial aid also available!

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New student? Enter your email below to get $30 off your first class!

Winter Camp

January 2 – 3
Start your new year with circus!

Summer Camp

Session 1: June 15 – July 10
Session 2: July 13 – August 9

Make your summer unforgettable.

Circus Arts

BEGINNER
2nd Grade: Mondays 5 – 5:45 PM or Tuesdays 5:15 – 6 PM
3rd-6th Grade: Mondays 4 – 5 PM, Wednesdays 4 – 5 PM, Saturdays 11 AM – 12 PM, or Saturdays 1 – 2 PM
7th-9th Grade: Mondays 5 – 6 PM

INTERMEDIATE
3rd-6th Grade: Tuesdays 4 – 5 PM
4th-7th Grade: Wednesdays 5 – 6 PM
5th-7th Grade: Saturdays 10 – 11 AM
7th-9th Grade: Tuesdays 5 – 6 PM

ADVANCED
6-10th Grade: Fridays 4 – 5 PM

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.

Flexibility

Ages 10 and up: Thursdays 6 – 7 PM (Beginner)

Join us for this class designed to teach healthy stretching practices that increase flexibility and circulation! Students learn a 1-hour sequence that provides a full-body stretch. Perfect for kids of all backgrounds, from beginners to aspiring contortionists!

Imaginastics

Pre-K - Kindergarten: Saturdays 10 – 10:45 AM
Kindergarten: Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:15 PM

Explore theatrical expression through gymnastics and tumbling skills! Each class begins with a warm-up game and tumbling instruction. Students then read a story and act it out using their new-found skills. This class is great for creative kids who love physical activity.

JunIor Ensemble

8th-10th Grade: Fridays 5 – 6 PM (Advanced)

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.

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

Ages 2 – 3: Saturdays 9:15 – 10 AM

In this intro to gymnastics class, parent and child work and play together in a fun, safe, structured 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!

ParkouR

Ages 10 and up: Saturdays 12 – 1 PM (Beginner)

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

9th-12th Grade: Thursdays 4:45 – 6 PM (Advanced)

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.

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Tumbling

1st Grade: Mondays 4 – 4:45

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.

FAQs

Yes! Adult students can purchase $30 drop ins online or over the phone.

Families who are considering taking their first class at the Gym can purchase a $30 taster class for their child. Tuition can be pro-rated should you decide to enroll in the remainder of the term. Please note that this option is only available for purchase over the phone: 847-328-2795

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.

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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