Handstand 1


This class is taught by:

Jim Donak

For over 40 years Jim has been studying and teaching movement and poise. He has been teaching movement and circus arts since 1980. In additional to teaching at Circus Center he maintains a private practice focusing on physical skill development musculoskeletal healing through the integration of Asian manual therapies, orthopedic and osteopathic bodywork, rehabilitation exercises and teaching related workshops.

Jiggidy Jives

A jack-of-all-trades performer, Jives has been teaching acrobatics and flying trapeze at Circus Center for 14 years. He specializes in meteor bowls, acrobatics, and Chinese pole.

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.

Jeremy Vik

Jeremy Vik came to Circus Center in 2004 and graduated from the Clown Conservatory (directed by Jeff Raz) in 2005. Realizing that clowning is the hardest thing on Earth, he returned to acting and spent 5 years performing around the Bay in mostly Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. Then in 2010, he returned to Circus Center and completed the Professional Acrobatics Program, specializing in Handstands. Jeremy has performed for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shotgun Players, Goldenthread Productions, Marin Shakespeare Company, 42nd St. Moon, Virago Theatre Company, and many more. In addition to acting, Jeremy performs chair balancing and juggling all over the Bay. He has performed with Circus Bella, Sweet Can Productions, the Clown Cabaret, and more. Jeremy has a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Handstand is the foundation of all acrobatics. This class is for more advanced students, exploring many variations of handstands including planks, one handed handstands, headstands and handstand pushups.

 

Prerequisite: Instructor approval

 
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 13 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Dec 14 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Dec 18 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Dec 18 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Dec 20 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Dec 21 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jan 03 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Jan 04 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jan 08 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Jan 08 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Jan 10 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Jan 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jan 15 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Jan 15 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Jan 17 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Jan 18 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jan 22 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Jan 22 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Jan 24 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Jan 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives