Summer programs are in session! Learn more about our COVID precautions.

Kids Classes

June 14 – August 15

Summer classes are $275 for 10 weeks. 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!

Looking for our current spring classes? Click here to register!

Summer Intensive

In-Person

The six-week Summer Intensive offers a mix of conditioning and instruction while working with a cross section of Chicago’s leading circus, dance, and physical theatre instructors to expand what you’re capable of. Through this and collaborations with your fellow students, you begin the creative process of choreographing a circus movement piece to call your own.

Summer camp

In-Person


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!
SELLING FAST

Circus Learning Pods

In-Person


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

Ballet For Aerialists

In-Person

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.
NEW!

Ballet For Junior Aerialists

In-Person

7th – 10th Grade: Thursdays 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.
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Capoeira

In-Person

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!
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Circus arts

In-Person

INTRO
2nd Grade: Mondays 5:15 – 6pm

BEGINNER
3rd - 6th Grade: Tuesdays 4:15 – 5pm, Thursdays 4:15 – 5pm, or Saturdays 10 – 10:45am

INTERMEDIATE
4th - 8th Grade: Tuesdays 5:15 – 6pm or Saturdays 11 – 11:45am

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.

Contemporary Dance

In-Person

Ages 16+: Thursdays 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.
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Flexibility

Online

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.

Imaginastics

In-Person

Pre-K – Kindergarten: 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

In-Person Pay What You Can

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.
NEW!

Parent-Tot Gymnastics

In-Person

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

In-Person

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

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

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.

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.