CircAspire Auditions Jan 27th

CircAspire Auditions Jan 27th

Saturday January 27 from 1 to 4pm
Calling all pre-professional youth and adult performers! Auditions to be held on Saturday January 27th for CircAspire 2018! This show is the fourth annual Wise Fool CircAspire production and seeks to provide our youth and adult students and community members the opportunity to be a part of a pre-professional show! Clowns, acrobats, stilt-walkers, jugglers, aerialists, singers, instrumentalists, visual artists, actors, spoken word artists, writers, unicyclers, b-boys/b-girls, musicians, singers, and more are invited to be a part of the cast and crew that will bring the magic to life onstage and off! There is room for every different skill you can imagine because we all fit under the circus tent! The show will be held on April 27, 28, and 29th at the Wise Fool Studio, and will be written and directed, by Oriana Lee with production support from past directors Amy Christian and Sarah Jane Moody – AND along with an amazing creative production team of professional music, theater, and visual artists. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE AUDITION FORM.


Who Should Audition: Any current or recent Wise Fool student, age 8-80. Participants in our camps, circus in the schools programs, classes, workshops and intensives are all welcome! You don’t need to be a world-class performer; you do need to be excited to share your voice & vision through performance, and be willing to commit to learning, growing, and working with others in the process of creation. For Parents of Interested Young Ones: This is a pre-professional production so please consider that it does require youth to be capable of focusing for up to 4 hour rehearsals – performing numerous nights in a row – and maturity to be part of a team effort which will require compromise and changes.


We will also need behind the scenes folk who want to share their passion for tech and visual support! So if you or someone you know has skills in that arena, you don’t need to audition, but please be in touch by emailing us at Interns to help with props and sets, stage hands, and tech wanted!


What’s the Schedule and Time Commitment?
All participants are expected to attend:

– One all cast gathering on Sunday Feb 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

– Sunday rehearsals, Feb 25 thru April 23 (no rehearsal March 18th or April 1st)

(12:30 to 4:30pm is the tentative time for Sunday rehearsals)

– Tech Week evening rehearsals on April 24 thru 26 (exact times TBD).

– Four Performances: Friday April 27 at 7pm, Sat April 28 at 2 and 7pm, Sunday April 29 at 4pm

Performers will be required to attend CircAspire Choreography, Creation, and Rehearsal Classes at least once a week for 8-weeks starting the week of February 21st This rehearsal class will be guided by instructors to help folks further develop performance skills as well as create and hone their acts for the show. These classes will run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 7pm. Which class time slot you attend will depend on what act or acts you will be performing in.

Performers may be required to attend additional rehearsals as needed. 


What’s the Cost?

All participants in CircAspire will be asked to pay a participation fee of $200 to help towards the costs of 8 weeks of instruction at rehearsals and classes, plus production, and performance expenses. Tuition assistance and work trade are available and we will work with you to assure accessibility to anyone who auditions and gets into the show! Upon acceptance into the production you will be asked to sign up for CircAspire 2018 in our registration system.


What’s the Show all About: That depends a lot on you! The theme of the show is about how we each walk in between spaces of vulnerability and bravery every day, and how we find ways to successfully be our best authentic selves along the journey. There will be lots of room for performers’ creative voice and we will encourage the sharing of ideas and dialogue on all aspects of empowerment and relationship building. Once we know who and what skills are in the show we will write a rough storyline, and cast members will have the opportunity to contribute ideas that help shape the story. This will take place at the Feb 11th all cast gathering.


How to Prepare for Auditions: The audition will be conducted in workshop format. Participants will do various exercises led by the Directors. Participants will also be given an opportunity to “show what they do” in a discipline of their choice. This need not be a formal act, just show us a minute or two (at the most) that demonstrates your level of comfort with your preferred apparatus/discipline. Participants are also welcome to bring specific ideas for acts.



What if I can’t make it to the audition? If you’re unable to attend the audition, please fill out an audition form and email Oriana – we’ll be in touch.


PLEASE inform us if you or your youth is planning to be in any other productions this spring and provide us with the schedule of that production at auditions

Please feel free to contact Oriana Lee at or 901-406-6445 or Amy Christian at or 505-699-9574 if you have any questions. You can also call the office at 505-992-2588.

Afterschool & Weekend Classes for youth 4 – 18!

Afterschool & Weekend Classes for youth 4 – 18!

Registration is now open for our spring session of weekend and afterschool classes for youth ages 4 – 18! All classes except youth aerials include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more! Click here for more information about cost, registration and tuition assistance.

Questions? Email or call Ilana at (505) 310-9723

Spring 2018 Session Runs January 16 – April 23rd

  • NEW! Tween/Teen Circus Foundations: youth ages 11- 16, Sundays 4:30 – 6pm
  • Wee Kids for Pre-K, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays or Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Circus Exploration for grades 2nd – 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 – 5pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd – 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 – 5pm
  • Youth Aerials for ages 7 – 13; runs on an ongoing basis, Saturdays 10 – 11:30. (come on in, drop-ins welcome! Check the studio calendar to see when classes are happening)

Registration for ELEVATE!

Registration for ELEVATE!

ELEVATE! 2-week circus intensive. January 6-20th, 2018.

Earlybird registration now open! ELEVATE is a co-ed “circus boot-camp” for adults of all ages (15-80+), genders, and skill levels. This two-week camp takes place at Wise Fool Studio in Santa Fe. Perfect for those with a 9-5 job, the focus of ELEVATE is personal fitness through circus skills in a supportive, challenging, and gender equal environment.

By the end of the two weeks you'll become familiar with: Aerial Fabric, Trapeze, Partner Acrobatics, Stilts, Object manipulation, Clowning, Unicycling, Handstands and Flexibility. Raise your perceptions of what’s possible and get your workout off the ground at ELEVATE!  Students receive 30 hours of circus skills instruction. No previous experience required! All levels welcome!

Work trade and tuition assistance available.

Winter Break Camp Registration Now Open!

Winter Break Camp Registration Now Open!

Do your kiddos go a little crazy over winter break? Well the best way to channel that energy is into circus! Registration is now open for two, four-day sessions of Winter Camp. Click here to register.  Camps fill up, so register now!

When: Monday, December 18th – Thursday December 21st &
Tuesday, December 26th – Friday, December 29th
9:30am – 3:30pm
Before and aftercare available.
Who: Students in grades 2 – 6th are welcome! All levels welcome, no experience necessary.
What: Students will learn stilt-walking, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, clowning, visual art, partner acrobatics and more! All in a safe and non-competitive environment.
Where: our studio 1131 Siler Rd
How much: $205 for each 4-day session, $20 discount for siblings. Click here to apply for tuition assistance.

Fall Cabaret 9/30

Fall Cabaret 9/30

Saturday, September 30th

Shows at 4pm and 8pm

Join us for Wise Fool’s first annual Fall Cabaret. Wise Fool’s advanced students, professional performers, and youth will present acts that dazzle and delight. Aerial hoop, silks, unicycling, trapeze, clowning, spoken word and more! And all proceeds support Wise Fool’s programming for youth and adults in our studio, in the public schools, and beyond! Two shows! The 4pm show (doors at 3:30) will be a family friendly show, the 8pm show (doors at 7:30) will have some adult content, recommended for 14 + up. Tickets $15 Adult, $5 child (12 and under), $10-15 sliding scale for financial need discount. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Adult Classes–New Session Starts September 5th

Adult Classes–New Session Starts September 5th

Our next session of adult/teen classes starts Tuesday, September 5th! The session runs through November 20th. See the class schedule for more details.

The fall session is 10 weeks, but you can pay in chunks, buy the whole session or start with a 5-week session pass. Earlybird registration discount before August 31st. Use the coupon code EARLYBIRDFALL when you purchase your class pass to receive 15% off OR register for 3 or more classes and get the 3rd class 20% off. Contact Ilana at to take advantage of this discount.

And, if it’s hard to cover the cost all at once, we’re happy to offer a payment plan. Just email and we can make a payment arrangement that works for you. Limited tuition assistance and work trade is also available. Click here to apply.

If you have any questions about registration or class offerings, feel free to call or email ilana at or 505-310-9723.

Fall Session of Youth Classes–Sign Up Now!

Fall Session of Youth Classes–Sign Up Now!

Session runs September 11 – Nov 17Click here to register.

Fall is just around the corner and we’d love to spend it with your kiddos in our Fall AfterschoolSession. We have classes for ages 4 – 18 on afternoons, evenings & weekends, plus a NEW DAYTIME classes for homeschool or alternative school kids. Click here for schedule and class descriptions. Tuition Assistance and Payment Plans available. Click here to apply. Questions? Email Ilana at

New Session of Adult/Teen Classes & Youth Aerials

New Session of Adult/Teen Classes & Youth Aerials

Time is flying and it’s time to fly! Our next session of adult and teen classes runs May 1st through June 25th and includes a special aerial yoga 4-week workshop, a hula hoop, juggling, and unicycle jam, and all our ongoing aerial, acro and handstand classes. Many classes are suitable for brand new beginners! Click here for schedule and registration.

Also, we have our ongoing youth aerials class for kiddos ages 6 – 12. The class runs on Saturdays 10am – 11:30, starting May 6th. For more info or to register, click here.

Navarasa performs “A Story and A Song” at Wise Fool, 3/18

Navarasa performs “A Story and A Song” at Wise Fool, 3/18

Saturday, March 18th, 7pm

Wise Fool Studio, 1131 Siler Rd

Navarasa Dance Theater is a pioneering South-Asian Contemporary Dance Theater company with a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary works inspired by Bharatanatyam and folk dance forms, martial arts (Kalarippayattu), diverse theater and music traditions, aerial dance, yoga and storytelling.


Navarasa will be performing A Story and A Song, a tale of women, environment and love told with wit and dynamic interplay of classical dance (Bharatanatyam), martial arts (Kalari ppayattu), yoga, aerial dance, theater and music.


Reserve your seat today! Tickets available online at


Navarasa’s choreography is grounded in traditional Indian dance, but reaches outward. They incorporate modern dance, Indian martial arts, aerial dance, Bollywood’s pop influences — all with an eye for originality and a skillful use of space,sending dancers into eye-catching floor patterns. Embedded are compelling dances: an acrobatic solo up and down a roughly 10-foot-tall wooden column, a sensuous, serpentine duet, a fighting dance with the clash of wooden canes."  -- Boston Globe