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!

Afterschool Offerings

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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 (FULL)
  • Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays or Fridays 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Circus Exploration for grades 2nd - 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 - 5pm (FULL)
  • Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd - 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm (FULL)
  • Youth Aerials for ages 7 - 13; runs on an ongoing basis, Saturdays 10 - 11:30. (come on in, drop-ins welcome!)

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.

Kids Camps

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WINTER CAMP!

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 studio@wisefoolnm.org to get on our mailing list to find out about camp registration.

Winter Camp, for students in grades 2nd - 6th. No experience necessary. Registration will open November 1st. Camp runs 9am to 3:30pm, with before & aftercare options. Two sessions: December 18 - 21, December 26 - 29th. Click here to register. Tuition assistance available!

Spring Break Camp 2018, March 19 - 23rd for students in grades 2nd - 6th. No experience necessary. Registration will open February 1st. Camp runs 9am to 3:30pm, with before & aftercare options.

Summer Camps 2018 (dates are tentative):

  • WeeKids - June 18-22, 2017, Ages 5-6.
  • Teen Camp -- New! June 18 - 29th, ages 13 - 18
  • Summer Camp Session I - July 9-20th 2017, Ages 7-13.
  • Summer Camp Session II - July 23-Aug 3rd, 2015. Ages 8 -13.

 

 

Teen Troupe

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Wise Fool is 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 5-7pm 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 studio@wisefoolnm.org or call 505-310-9723.

TeenBUST

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June 5 - 16, 2017 (By nomination only, please contact youth@wisefoolnm.org if interested)

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

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 youth@wisefoolnm.org.

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 youth@wisefoolnm.org for more information!

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