ABQ Circus Arts

Expanding Possibilities Through Circus


Private Lessons

Private lessons can be an important aid to progressing in the circus arts. We are proud to offer a wide range of personalized instruction from our highly qualified instructors. Private lessons may be scheduled any time the studio is not in use. Please see the calendar on the classes page, for an up to date schedule. You may book a private lesson by using the email link below each teacher's description, or by calling 505.280.4002. 


Celestina Mancha

Since discovering her love for the circus arts in India, Celestina has attended and graduated the Intensive Professional Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) and has performed at numerous festivals and venues around the world. 

PRIVATES OFFERED:  Trapeze, Fabric, Flexibility, Conditioning

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Clara Lafrance

Clara began studying circus in Boston, and graduated from the Professional Track program at New England Center for Circus Arts. She has had the honor of performing at varied venues including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the woods of Vermont. Clara loves the strength, beauty and grace of aerial performance and specializes in aerial fabric and trapeze.

PRIVATES OFFERED: Fabric, Trapeze, Lyra, Rope, and Duo



Gina has been studying movement for over 20 years, in such diverse backgrounds as gymnastics, dance, martial arts, and somatic techniques. Drawing from this wide array of styles, Gina teaches movement that is both aesthetically beautiful and designed for optimal physical health. 

PRIVATES OFFERED: Stilting, Acro-Stilt and Stilt Dance, Floor Barre, Capo-Contemporary Dance

Ilana blankman

Ilana has over 9 years experience teaching and performing circus in New Mexico, nationally and abroad. She attended Circomedia school of Physical Theatre and Circus in Bristol, England. She is currently the Adult Program Director and Lead Teacher at Wise Fool in Santa Fe and is a Co-Founder of Pitch Catch School of Acrobatics.

PRIVATES OFFERED: All levels Partner Acro, Handstands, Static Trapeze, Aerial Fabric, Rope (cords lisse), Double Point Lyra


Kristen believes that circus is an important resource for health, fun, community and creative expression. She believes that the art from is accessible to everyone and can enhance our lives in a profound way, both emotionally and physically. She loves having fun with her students and encourages everyone to try circus at least once!

PRIVATES OFFERED: Aerial Fabrics, Circus Activities for Groups, Improvisation, Holistic Circus Therapy, Conditioning


Nikaela Sainz

Nikaela is a model, circus artist, actress, vocalist, musician, and visual artist, based in central New Mexico. Originally from Central Texas, she was involved in professional level theater productions and independent films In Austin, and surrounding areas nearly all her life. With a background in Theater, visual art and music, Nikaela quickly became a performance artist of many types and of many disciplines, and she dedicates her life to making and sharing art wherever possible.

PRIVATES OFFERED: Clowning, Presence, Physical Theater, Performance Technique


Sarah loves teaching both adults and children the power and fun of circus. She combines her experiences in theater, fitness, and art to create a class experience that is both physical and expressive. 

PRIVATES OFFERED: Fabric, Trapeze, Aerial Hoop,  Artistry and Improvisation, Act Development, Conditioning, Flexibility 

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