Intro to Handstand


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

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 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:

  • Tue Dec 12 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Dec 13 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Dec 16 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Sun Dec 17 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Lin Junming
  • Mon Dec 18 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Dec 19 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Dec 20 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Tue Jan 02 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jan 03 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jan 06 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Sun Jan 07 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Ross Travis
  • Mon Jan 08 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Jan 09 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jan 10 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jan 13 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Sun Jan 14 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Ross Travis
  • Mon Jan 15 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Jan 16 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives