Youth Programs

"Circus at Wise Fool is a combination of everything I love to do; spend time with really cool people, do crazy fun activities, and explore new things. I am infinitely happy I found Wise Fool."
- Youth Participant

“[The Wise Fool staff’s] gentle belief in all the kids' abilities resulted in all the kids being able to overcome their own personal challenges… and by the end the kids were all so incredibly proud of what they'd achieved.”
- Parent of Summer Camp Youth

“Nothing has boosted [my daughter’s] self-confidence the way her three days at Wise Fool did.”
- Parent of Winter Camp Participant

"The stretching, acrobatics, climbing, running, and laughing have all been positive influences on not just our child but for her younger sibling and her friends. She is eager to try new tricks, to help her friends learn new skills, and is more appreciative of creative movement."
-Parent of an Afterschool Fools Youth

"The camps were hands down one of the best summer experiences ...The atmosphere was always sweet and happy - time for play and learning amazing things from the amazing young and vibrant teaching staff. The role models for my daughter could not have been better." 
- Kids Camp Parent

Registration for Afterschool  Fools for Fall 2017 open now!
In the meantime, youth aerials is continuing throughout the summer. Saturdays 10:00-11:30 and drop ins are welcome!

Afterschool Offerings


Wise Fool has offered afterschool classes for local youth since 2004! Afterschool classes include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more!

Fall 2017 Session Runs September 11 - November 17th

  • Wee Kids for Pre-K, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm
  • Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays or Fridays 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Circus Exploration for grades 2nd - 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 - 5pm
  • 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.

Please note, if you'd like to apply for a scholarship, please click here to create a Front Desk Profile and then click on the button below to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship decisions are made at least one week before the start of the program.

More info on Afterschool Programs

Please note, this session has been divided into a recreational program and a performance track to better accommodate childrens' different goals in circus. Costs for classes listed below. Remember scholarships and payment plans are available!

Wee Kids


For kiddos in pre-k or Kinder/1st, no experience necessary. Students will work on creative movement, aerial fabric, trapeze, obstacle courses, physical literacy, and have lots of fun jumping in, through, and on hoops!

Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 (Kinder/1st)

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (pre-K, ages 4 & 5)

Fridays 3:30  to 4:30 (Kinder/1st)

Afterschool Fools -- Circus Exploration

$180 (second child $20 off)

Suitable for youth ages 7-12! We will teach to youth of all levels in this class who want to learn and play in circus. Youth get to try stilt-walking, aerial fabric, trapeze, acrobalance and clowning in a safe and supportive environment. They will show their skills to parents and friends on the last day of class.

Mondays 3:30 to 5pm, starts September 11th
Wednesdays 3:30 to 5pm, starts September 6th

Afterschool Fools -- Take it to the Stage

$375 (second child $350)

For kids ages 8 to 12 who have taken at least one session of Afterschool Fools or a session of summer camp and want to dedicate themselves more seriously to circus, by coming twice a week. Youth pick a few disciplines to focus in and  deepen their skills in performance, conditioning, and flexibility, all within a safe and supportive environment. They will show their skills to parents and friends on the last day of class, and may be asked to create an act for our holiday cabaret.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 to 5:15, ages 8 - 12 (students must take both days). Please note that the first 15 minutes of class will be unstructured so that students that need to arrive at 3:45 due to school schedule won't miss anything.

Youth Aerials

Saturdays: 10am - 11:30 am

A great chance for kids with a passion for aerials to try or develop further skills in trapeze and aerial fabric. Suitable for kids ages 7 - 12 of all experience levels.  Drop-ins allowed! Please text 505-310-9723 if you are planning to drop in. The six-week session is $100 or $20 for a drop-in.

Teen Troupe

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Wise Fool is again now offering our Teen Troupe on an ongoing basis! This class is for older students ages 12-18. When teens sign up for Teen Troupe, they commit to taking one adult class in the discipline of their choice (i.e. fabric, trapeze, acrobalance, unicycling, etc.) each week. During the summer, students can also take a conditioning, flexibility or acro class, and practice their skills in open studio. During the school year, students  meet on Tuesdays 5:15-7pm as a group to explore performance skills, develop strength and flexibility. Cost is a sliding scale based on income from $15 - $125 per month. If your youth is interested in Teen Troupe please email Ilana at or call 505-310-9723.

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Teen Performance Troupe--Tuesday 5:00 to 7:00, plus one adult class, $400

Teens will take one adult class in their area of specialization and will meet once a week as an ensemble to work on physical conditioning, stiltwalking, performance skills and act development. Troupe members will have the opportunity to showcase these skills in community performances, thereby getting a taste for the life as a professional circus artist! In addition to learning higher-level skills, students will have the opportunity to participate in paid performances for the community. The money from these performances supplements the costs of tuition and scholarships for students.

Kids Camps


Wise Fool spring, summer, and winter break camps allow your kiddos to run away with the circus, without leaving home! Students learn stilt-walking, unicycling, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, puppet-making, clowning and more! All in a safe, non-competitive environment. Camps fill up quickly, email to get on our mailing list to find out about camp registration.

Summer Camps 2017 (registration now open!):

    • WeeKids - June 19-23, 2017, Ages 5-6. Session FULL. Please email Alex at to be put on the wait list.
    • Summer Camp Session I - July 10-21st, 2017, Ages 7-13. Session FULL. Please email Alex at to be put on the wait list.
    • Summer Camp Session II - July 24-Aug 4, 2015. Ages 8 -13. Session FULL. Please email Alex at to be put on the wait list.

Winter Camp, ages 7-13. No experience necessary. 9am to 3:30pm, with before & aftercare options. 2017 dates TBA


More info and registration for Kids Camps


To register for camps:

1. The button below will take you to our new Front Desk website, where you will be asked to fill out a client profile, and will then be able to register your child/children for camp.

2. Payment happens directly through the registration process. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please fill out a client profile and then bring or send your payment to 1131 Siler Rd, Suite B, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Wise Fool staff will enroll your child upon payment.

3. If you need a payment plan or scholarship, just above the payment, there is a place to enter a coupon code. Under that code, enter BECA123 for either of the regular summer camp sessions or WEEBECA for the Wee Kids Camp. This will make it so that you will only need to pay the $65 deposit. You will then need to click here to fill out a scholarship/payment plan application.Scholarship decisions will be made by May 1st.


Wee Kids Camp

One week only, June 19-23, 9am to 1:30pm, Ages 5-6, Cost $250

Wee Kids camp is a half-day camp for youth ages 5 & 6 who want to learn to fly on the trapeze, walk tall on stilts, find their inner clown, make wearable art, and tumble their way into fun! Camp runs from 9am to 1:30pm. Este campamento de medio dia es para ninos de 5 y 6 anos quienes quieren aprender volar en el trapecio, caminar en zancos, encontror su propio payaso, hacer projectos de arte, y aprender acrobacia. El campamento dure de 9am a 1:30pm por una semana.

Summer Camp Session One  (All levels) FULL

July 10-21, 9am to 3:30pm, Ages 7-13, Cost $525 (with aftercare 3:30 to 5:15pm, $625).

Ningun experiencia necesario. El campamento va de 9am a 3:30pm, y hay la opcion de quedar hasta 5pm. Se proviene meriendas, pero ninos necesitan llevar su propio almuerzo.

Summer Camp Session Two (Continuing Level) FULL

July 24- August 4, 9am to 3:30pm, Ages 7-13, Cost $525 (with aftercare 3:30 to 5:15pm, $625)

The second session of Summer Camp is suitable for students aged 7-13 who have taken at least one session of summer camp or a session of Afterschool Fools, or have other previous circus experience.

Este campamento es para ninos de 7 a 12 anos que han tomado o otro sesion de campamento de verano de Wise Fool o que tienen otro experiencia con circo.

Winter Break Camp

Two Sessions: Dates TBA

Kids may take one or both. Cost is $200 per session with before & aftercare options. Ages 7 - 13. No experience necessary.

Spring Break Camp

This annual program runs during Santa Fe Public School's Spring Break, March 19th - 23rd 9am-3:30pm with before and aftercare option. $275. For youth 7-12, all levels.


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June 5 - 16, 2017 (By nomination only, please contact if interested)

TeenBUST brings middle school girls together in a community that supports taking risks, pushing boundaries, and becoming physically bold.

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Mornings, the girls work with professional instructors of circus techniques, learning to articulate their unique voices and bodies. Afternoons, the girls journal their experiences and workshop with visiting organization to further their growing repertoire of skills in self-advocacy, community and leadership.  With Teen BUST, girls are challenged, have fun, and explore new ideas as they become bolder and stronger versions of themselves, ready to support each other as they navigate and impact their complex worlds.

Our Approach

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Learning circus skills and puppetry is not only fun, it helps youth to develop self confidence, learn and practice teamwork and mutual respect, develop trust in themselves and others, explore their unique self-expression, and develop belief in their ability as artists and performers. It also provides non-competitive physical activity and helps youth develop a positive relationship with their bodies through balance, physical strength, and healthy risk-taking. And did we mention that it's fun?! In addition to our on-site programs listed below, Wise Fool works extensively in area schools.

For more information on any program, please contact our Youth Programs Director, Ilana Blankman, at 505 310-9723 or

About our Teachers

Wise Fool teachers, all of whom attend annual unlearning oppression trainings, create a safe and supportive environment for students of all ages to take risks, connect with one another, and exceed their perceived personal limits. Wise Fool teachers lead trust-building and group-negotiation games as part of every program, and urge students to break free, tell their stories, and celebrate their unique self-expression through performance, often with profound, moving, and hilarious results.

Staff and Teacher bios can be found on our Wise Fool People page!



Our Youth Programs Policies

All participants in Wise Fool's Youth Programs are asked to follow these policies (download here) to keep our programs safe, positive, supportive, and beneficial for everyone involved! Parents sign an acknowledgement of these policies when enrolling their youth in our programs. Contact Ilana, Youth Programs Director at 505-310-9723 or for more information!