Handstand 1


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Mon Oct 23 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Oct 23 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Lin Junming
  • Wed Oct 25 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Oct 26 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Oct 30 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Oct 30 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Nov 01 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Nov 02 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Nov 06 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Nov 06 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Nov 08 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Nov 09 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Nov 13 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Nov 13 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Nov 15 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Nov 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Nov 20 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Xiaohong Weng
  • Mon Nov 20 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Nov 22 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak