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Circus At Home
3rd-6th Grade (Beginner): Mondays 4 – 4:45pm, Wednesdays 4 – 4:45pm, or Saturdays 11 – 11:45am
3rd-7th Grade (Beginner): Mondays 4 – 4:45pm
3rd-6th Grade (Intermediate): Tuesdays 4 – 4:45pm
4th-9th Grade (Intermediate): Saturdays 10 – 10:45pm
7th-9th Grade (Intermediate): Tuesdays or Wednesdays 5 – 5:45pm
Stretch, tumble, juggle, and balance! Explore circus arts at home in this online class. Build skills and strength through exercises designed to challenge your body in a safe and fun way.
Circus at Home Advanced / Junior Ensemble
Take your stretching, tumbling, juggling, and balancing to the next level! Explore circus arts at home in this online class. Build skills and strength through exercises designed to challenge your body in a safe and fun way.
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.
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. Parent participation is welcome but not required!
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!
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. Parent participation required.
Recycled Puppet Circus
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!
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 that the following FAQs only apply to our in-person classes, not the current online ones.
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.