Intro to Acrobatics


This class is taught by:

Xiaohong Weng

Xiaohong Weng started training in gymnastics at the age of 7, before he joined the famed Nanjing Acrobatics Troupe. He had 4 years of professional training in gymnastics and was a high level competitive gymnast in China. He joined the circus and learned many traditional Chinese acrobatics acts, such as Chinese Pole, Chair-balancing, Hoop Diving, Chinese Lion Dance, and Partner Hand-balancing. As a skilled tumbler and hand-balancer, Xiaohong has performed extensively in China, the USA, and internationally. For the last decade he has been a senior instructor at Circus Center. He currently performs with Jennings McCown in an elegant double hand-to-hand acrobatics act.

Lin Junming

Lin started in the acrobatic arts when he was 8 years old in Fujian Acrobatics Troupe in China. With the troupe, he performed in circuses all over the world; Europe, the Middle East, Mediterranean region, Africa and Asia. In the past 20 years, he learned many traditional Chinese acrobatic arts, such as Chinese Pole, chair-balancing, hoop diving, Chinese Lion Dance, partner hand-balancing, hand-juggling, foot-juggling and Ultimate Wheel. His juggling performance was awarded a prize for Silver Lion at the fourth China National Acrobatic Competition in 1995. He also holds the former world record for juggling 12 rings.

Ross Travis

Ross Travis is a professional Actor/Creator, Bouffon, Clown and Circus Performer. A proud company member with Circus Bella, San Francisco’s premiere one ring circus, Ross specializes in Chinese pole, an apparatus he studied for five years with Master Teacher Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center. In 2014 Ross performed his Chinese pole act with Sweet Can Circus in their sold out holiday show Mittens and Mistletoe. In October and November of 2013 Ross had a six-week contract to perform aerial pole and acrobatics in Craniatrium with Firefly Theatre and Circus, an ensemble-based circus and theatre company based in Edmonton, Canada. He rejoined Firefly for two weeks in March of 2015 to take part in a developmental workshop for their next show premiering in 2016. Ross has done coporate events with Velocity Circus and Le Cirque Boheme. Ross has a performance company called Antic in a Drain which just finished its first international tour of The Greatest Monkey Show On Earth; a primate circus extravaganza with a twist. The show received four stars from Global News at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and the inaugural Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Ross is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, as well as the Professional Acrobatic Program at the San Francisco Circus Center. He teaches Chinese pole, Handstands and Acrobatics at the San Francisco Circus Center

Learn the foundations of the ancient Chinese acrobatic tradition. These techniques are the building blocks for all circus arts. Focus is on integration, flexibility, alignment, strength, and control, with intensive work on kicks, stretching, handstands, and tumbling.

 

No Prerequisites.

 
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 13 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Thu Dec 14 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Lin Junming
  • Sat Dec 16 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Sun Dec 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lin Junming
  • Mon Dec 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Wed Dec 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Thu Dec 21 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Lin Junming
  • Wed Jan 03 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Thu Jan 04 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Ross Travis
  • Sat Jan 06 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Sun Jan 07 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Ross Travis
  • Mon Jan 08 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Wed Jan 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Thu Jan 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Ross Travis
  • Sat Jan 13 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Sun Jan 14 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Ross Travis
  • Mon Jan 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Wed Jan 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Thu Jan 18 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Ross Travis
  • Sat Jan 20 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng