Intro to Handstand


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.

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.

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.

Learn the basics of handstand, the foundation of circus. Students are introduced to the three pillars of handstand—thinner, lighter, more alive—and also practice the basic handstand form. Both acrobatic and aerial students can benefit from practicing handstands.


No Prerequisites.




Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Oct 18 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Oct 21 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Sun Oct 22 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Lin Junming
  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Lin Junming
  • Tue Oct 24 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Oct 25 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Oct 28 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Sun Oct 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Lin Junming
  • Mon Oct 30 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Oct 31 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Nov 01 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Nov 04 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Sun Nov 05 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Lin Junming
  • Mon Nov 06 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Nov 07 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Nov 08 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak