Youth Programs

Información sobre estos programas en español

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?! Read more about our programs below!

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

Drop-In Studio Classes

Check out the Youth section on our Studio Classes page for our drop-in youth classes

Afterschool Fools

Wise Fool's programs allow your kids to run away with the circus, without leaving their home!

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.

Afterschool Program Dates

Afterschool Spring 2024

January 16 – April 26, with a break from March 25 – 29.
The end of our program will culminate in a Show & Try on April 27.

Afterschool Fall 2024

August 26 – December 6.
Date of break/Show & Try TBA.

Afterschool Program Options

Students will work on creative movement, aerial fabric, trapeze, obstacle courses, physical literacy, and have lots of fun jumping in, through, and on hoops!

No experience necessary!

Schedule: Mondays OR Wednesdays from 3:45 – 4:45pm
$230 for 14 week session

Enroll for Monday Wee Kids

Enroll for Wednesday Wee Kids

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.

No experience necessary!

Mondays OR Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:15pm
$320 for 14 week session

Enroll for Monday Circus Explorations

Enroll for Wednesday Circus Explorations

This program’s focus is on act creation, culminating in a final show.
Students should want to dedicate themselves more seriously to circus. Coaches will support youth in creating something all their own, in a fun and supportive environment.

We will focus on show/act creation by having students choose a circus specialty, work both independently and with a group to create multiple acts, and participate in a theme brainstorming session for the final show. This class supports self-motivation and requires a desire to create!

Class meets twice a week, and culminates in a final performance – attendance is crucial for participation in the show! Irregular attendance may result in less show participation. Availability to be present the day of the show must be confirmed upon registration.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken at least 2 sessions of Circus Explorations, having completed their last class within the past year.

Schedule: Meeting twice a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:45 – 5:15pm
$640 for 14 week session, two days per week

Enroll Here

Teen Troupe gives continuing circus students an opportunity to dive deep into their practice. Students will commit to taking one weekly adult class in the discipline of their choice (fabric, trapeze, acrobalance, unicycling, etc.) and meet weekly as a group to explore performance skills, and develop their strength and flexibility.

During the summer, students can also take a conditioning, flexibility or acro class, and practice their skills in open studio.

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.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken a minimum of 1 year of Wise Fool programming.

Schedule: Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:00pm
+ 1 adult weekly class of choice (see schedule here)

To sign up, please email kristen@wisefoolnm.org

Seasonal Circus Camps

Wise Fool spring, summer, and winter break camps allow your kiddos to participate in some circus fun during their breaks from school! 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 kristen@wisefoolnm.org to get on our mailing list to find out about camp registration.

Please contact our Youth Camps Coordinator – Kristen Woods with any question or help with registration: kristen@wisefoolnm.org

Seasonal Camp Dates

Spring Break Camp

March 25 – 29

Summer Camp
  • Wee Kids Camp: June 17 – 21

  • Teen Circus Camp: June 17 – June 28

  • Summer Camp I: July 1 – July 12

  • Summer Camp II: July 15 – July 26

Winter Break Camp

December 16 – 20

Seasonal Camp Options

No experience necessary.

Youth learn amazing circus skills including stilt walking, trapeze, juggling, aerial fabric, clowning, acrobatics, and puppetry –  culminating in a show and try! Parents come the last day of Camp and kids show them everything they learned, and then parents cant try it if they want!

Snacks are provided, but students are expected to bring a bag lunch.

Schedule: Meets Mon-Fri from 9am-3:30pm
Cost: $400 for 5 days

Wee Kids camp is a half-day summer camp for youth 4 – 7 years old 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!

No experience necessary.

Schedule: Meets Mon-Fri from 9:00am – 12:30pm.
Cost: $340 for 5 days

No experience necessary, suitable for all levels!

Students will get to explore all the circus arts, and then pick several of disciplines to focus on to. They will get to perform in a showcase for friends and family at the end of the two weeks. The camp will also include a focus on conditioning, flexibility and performance skills.

Schedule: Meets Mon-Fri from 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $520 for a 2 week camp.

Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary.

Youth will learn amazing circus skills including stilt walking, trapeze, juggling, aerial fabric, clowning, acrobatics, and puppetry. Camp will culminate in a Show & Try, where parents come in on the last day of camp and their kids show them everything they learned. Parents can even try it themselves, if they want!

Snacks are provided, but students are expected to bring a bag lunch.

Schedule: Meeting Mon-Fri from 9:00am – 3:30pm.
Cost: $700 for a 2 week camp.

Prerequisites: The second session of Summer Camp is suitable for students who have taken at least one session of summer camp, one session of Afterschool classes, or have other previous circus experience.

Youth will learn amazing circus skills including stilt walking, trapeze, juggling, aerial fabric, clowning, acrobatics, and puppetry. Camp will culminate in a Show that is create by the students with the support of their coaches. Using a Youth Lead model, They spend the camp working together to create a show based on a theme of their choosing. While students learn new circus skills, there is a focus on show creation  in this Camp. 

Snacks are provided, but students are expected to bring a bag lunch.

Schedule: Meeting Mon-Fri from 9:00am – 3:30pm.
Cost: $700 for a 2 week camp.

All experience levels welcome.

Youth learn amazing circus skills including stilt walking, trapeze, juggling, aerial fabric, clowning, acrobatics, and puppetry – culminating in a show and try! Parents come the last day of Camp and kids show them everything they learned, and then parents can try it if they want!

Snacks are provided, but students are expected to bring a bag lunch.

Schedule: Mon-Fri 9:00am – 3:30pm
Cost: $400 for 5 days

Youth Intensives

TeenBUST!

TeenBUST! brings middle-school girls, trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming youth together in a community that supports taking risks, pushing boundaries, and becoming physically bold.

Each morning, youth get to work with professional instructors of circus techniques, learning to articulate their unique voices and bodies.
Every afternoon, students journal their experiences and workshop with visiting organization to further their growing repertoire of skills in self-advocacy, community and leadership.

With TeenBUST!, our students 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.

Tuition Assistance

We encourage you to apply for Tuition Assistance for ANY of our youth programming.

If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please click on the button below to apply. Scholarship decisions are made at least one week before the start of the program.

Our Approach

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.

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