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.
Caroline Wright took to the air before she could walk on the ground, climbing curtains, furniture and anything else she could crawl to.She spent her early teens performing with Flying Gravity Circus, a touring youth troupe dedicated to helping communities start their own circus programs.
A graduate of the Professional Track Program at New England Center for Circus Arts, she coached there for many years. Her teaching experience also includes SHOW Circus Studio, Circus Smirkus Camp and AYCO. She continued her training at the San Francisco Circus Center and L'ecole Leotard in Montreal, CA.
Specializing in Static Trapeze, Hoop and Tissu, Caroline performed with many different companies across the country and internationally, including The Big Aerial Show, Aerial Experience, AcroArts and Nimble Arts.
Caroline's passion for movement lead her to become a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator. In both her private practice and as a circus instructor, she uses her knowledge of the neuromuscular system to help others embody themselves more fully and achieve what they are capable of.
Phoenix returned to the San Francisco Bay area in 2014, after several years living abroad. Upon her return, she began training at Circus Center, focusing on Contortion and Hand Balancing. She now teaches beginning stretching and flexibility. When not training or teaching, Phoenix works at the Circus Center front desk, as a Student Services Representative, where she assists Circus Center students -- both regulars and new students - in choosing the curriculum best suited to their interests and expertise. Outside of Circus Center, Phoenix dances with the Latin Symbolics, Island Touch Salsa Team. She performs "Salsa on 2," and competes in the International DanceSport style of Latin ballroom dance.
Christine Lee has more than eight years of experience with flying trapeze and aerial acrobatics. She trained at Trapeze School of New York and worked at Club Med Turks and Caicos as a trapeze instructor and aerial performer for two years. Christine has been teaching at Circus Center and performing in San Francisco for four years.Christine created www.thecircuscafe.com, an online community for trapeze flyers and aerial artists to share and communicate. She also manages www.charitycircus.com, a blog on how circus gives back to the greater community.
Learn essential stretches to help improve flexibility as well as gain an understanding of the basics of stretching. This class is best for students who are just beginning to stretch and would like to acquire a strong foundation to build on.