Jennings McCown

Jennings was introduced to circus while attending Illinois State University, which had a small campus circus troupe. He caught the “circus bug” and, upon graduation, spent the next three years traveling and performing with various small circuses throughout the US. He had a two-year career at Club Med, teaching circus skills and flying trapeze. Jennings joined the staff of Circus Center in 1999. He teaches flying trapeze and trampoline, serves as the company's master rigger, and performs with Xiao Hong Weng a spectacular hand-to-hand balancing act that has won over audiences throughout the Bay Area.



Jennings McCown instructs the following:
  • All Levels Flying Trapeze
  • This class is open to flyers ages 7** and above of all skill levels, from the first-timer to the seasoned pro. It introduces students to all aspects of flying: familiarization with the rigging, terminology of the trapeze, and performance of basic tricks.

    **Minimum age for flying trapeze is 7. For safety reasons, children with small waists and/or hands may not be able to participate regardless of age.

    Guidelines and Information

    • Maximum weight: Our instructors, who vary in size, can safely belay up to 250lbs.
    • Maximum waist: Our safety belts are designed to accommodate waists up to size 38.
    • Punctuality strongly encouraged.
    • Loose or street attire discouraged, close-fitting athletic wear suggested.
    • Glasses discouraged, but if worn, must be break-resistant and secured with elastic straps

     

     


  • Flying Trapeze 1
  • Flying Trapeze 1 is for the intermediate student. Students should have experience with Flying Trapeze at Circus Center, but may not be ready to leave the board unassisted as in Flying Trapeze 2. Class has 3 instructors and 8 students like All Levels Flying Trapeze, but without total beginners, it is more fast-paced.

     

    Prerequisite: Able to do a one-handed take off (or deemed close to that milestone by an instructor)




  • Flying Trapeze 2
  • With an emphasis on the development of skills needed for the performance of a flying trapeze act, including advanced tricks and flying without safety lines, this class in an accelerated course for motivated students who are physically prepared for rigorous intensive training.


    Prerequisite: Able to leave the board unassisted

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Flexibility for Every-Body, Trampoline