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Kids Classes

In person classes are $400-450 for the 16 week semester, or $30/drop in and run through 12/19. Pro rating available.

Online classes meet via Zoom and are $15 per drop in or $50 for four weeks, and run 10/6 – 10/31.

Financial aid is available!

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Circus Arts

In Person

BEGINNER
2nd Grade: Mondays or Tuesdays 5:15 – 6pm
3rd – 6th Grade: Mondays 4:15 – 5pm, Wednesdays 4:15 – 5pm, or Saturdays 11:15am – 12pm
4th – 7th Grade: Wednesdays 5:15 – 6pm
7th – 9th Grade: Mondays 5:15 – 6pm

INTERMEDIATE
3rd – 6th Grade: Tuesdays 4 – 4:45pm
4th – 8th Grade: Saturdays 10:15 – 11am
7th – 9th Grade: Tuesdays 5 – 5:45pm

ADVANCED
6th – 10th Grade: Fridays 4:15 – 5:15pm

Online

BEGINNER
4th – 9th Grade: Saturdays 10 – 10:45am

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE
3rd – 7th Grade: Tuesdays 4 – 4:45pm

Experience all things acrobatic in our Circus Arts classes! Each week includes training in the foundations of tumbling, ground skills, and aerial skills. This class is perfect for those interested in training strength, flexibility, and balance across a wide variety of skills: gymnastics, silks, lyra, trapeze, Spanish web, rolling globe, juggling, stilt walking and more.

Circus Learning Pods

In Person


Small group, socially distanced circus and theatre activities from the comfort of your yard or a nearby green space. It’s like recess for remote learning, with expert instructors who specialize in circus arts, dance, theatre, and more!

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Flexibility/Contortion

Online

Flexibility: Thursdays 6 – 7pm (Ages 10+)
Contortion: Thursdays 6 – 8pm (Ages 10+) (Instructor permission required)

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.

IMaginastics

In Person

Pre-K – Kindergarten: Saturdays 10:15 – 11am

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.

Juggling

Online

Beginner: 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!

Junior Ensemble

In Person

8th – 10th Grade: Fridays 5:15 – 6:15pm

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.
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Parent-tot Gymnastics

In Person

Ages 2-3: Saturdays 9:15 – 10am

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

In Person

7th Grade and Older: Saturdays 12:15 – 1:15pm

Art du Déplacement and Parkour are disciplines in which practitioners use their bodies to interact with and traverse all types of environments while simultaneously focusing on mental and spiritual development. 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

Online

Grades 3rd - 9th: Thursdays 4 – 5pm

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!
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Teen Ensemble

In Person

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.

Tumbling

In Person

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.

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.

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.