Handstand 1


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.

Xiaohong Weng

Xiaohong Weng started training in gymnastics at the age of 7, before he joined the famed Nanjing Acrobatics Troupe. He had 4 years of professional training in gymnastics and was a high level competitive gymnast in China. He joined the circus and learned many traditional Chinese acrobatics acts, such as Chinese Pole, Chair-balancing, Hoop Diving, Chinese Lion Dance, and Partner Hand-balancing. As a skilled tumbler and hand-balancer, Xiaohong has performed extensively in China, the USA, and internationally. For the last decade he has been a senior instructor at Circus Center. He currently performs with Jennings McCown in an elegant double hand-to-hand acrobatics act.

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.

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.

Handstand is the foundation of all acrobatics. This class is for more advanced students, exploring many variations of handstands including planks, one handed handstands, headstands and handstand pushups.

 

Prerequisite: Instructor approval

 
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Mar 23 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Mar 27 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Mar 27 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Mar 29 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Mar 30 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 03 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Apr 03 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Apr 05 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Apr 06 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 10 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Apr 10 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Apr 12 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Apr 13 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 17 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Apr 17 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Apr 19 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Apr 20 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 24 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Apr 24 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Apr 26 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak