Felicity Hesed is a Performer, Director, and Teacher. After receiving her BA in Theater from Kalamazoo College, she moved to Chicago to pursue Acting. While in Chicago, she discovered Circus and started training. Felicity began to combine Theater and Circus to create unique clown acts as well as full-length circus/theater shows including The Tempest: A Magical Circus. Felicity also worked as a full-time Theater teacher at middle-school Frances Xavier Warde and received her MA in Teaching from DePaul University. In 2007, Felicity moved to San Francisco to attend the Clown Conservatory at Circus Center. In addition, Felicity continued her Aerial training with Helene Turcotte and Elena Panova. Felicity's local performance credits include: Clown Cabaret, The Pickle Family Circus, Cabaret Lunatique with Teatro ZinZanni, Circus Adventure with Bay Area Children's Theater, and Cabaret Metamorphosis at the Circus Center. Felicity has also directed a number of local circus and theater shows including: Emil of Lonneberga and Lyle the Crocodile with Bay Area Children's Theater, numerous Clown Cabarets, and The Monkey King: A Circus Adventure, Swing into Spring, and Acrobat Sublime at Circus Center. Felicity is also the Mother of two sweet and wild little boys.
Born in Murom, Russia, Elena Panova is a graduate of Moscow's Circus and Variety College, where she specialized as an aerialist. Under the guidance of the famous training tandem of Tereza Durova and Viktor Fomin, she created a groundbreaking swinging trapeze act that redefined swinging trapeze as it is performed today all over the world. Elena won a gold medal and the Ministry of Culture award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 1987, and the gold medal at the 1988 All-Union Circus Artists Competition of the USSR. For over twenty years, she has performed in major circuses and variety and theater shows on four continents, including the Moscow Circus, Circus Knie, the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris, Circus Carré in Amsterdam, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, and the Big Apple Circus. She has also been a judge several times at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Elena moved to the United States in 1991. She started teaching at Circus Center in 2004.
Class focuses on beats, and building core and upper body strength. Students learn basic positions on and under the bar.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination.