Handstand 1


This class is taught by:

Joel Baker

As a much-loved theater clown performing worldwide, Joel Baker brings to the stage a unique style of physical comedy, acrobatics, and improvisation. He is a graduate of San Francisco’s Clown Conservatory and the San Francisco Circus Center, where he began incorporating acrobatics, handstands, and chair balancing into physical comedy. Now regarded as one of the best comedic animators for festivals, cabarets, theaters, and corporate events, Joel launched his career as an acrobatic clown in San Francisco’s legendary New Pickle Circus. For over six years, Joel was a key performer—and additionally served as an Artistic Coach—in the award-winning Cirque du Soleil show The Beatles’ LOVE on the Las Vegas Strip.

Joel has also performed main clown roles in SOAP (Chamaeleon Theatre Berlin) and LOFT by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers). During the winter seasons performing in PALAZZO dinner-shows throughout Germany and Austria, Joel plays the classic Bellhop who can’t stay out of trouble, making the most mundane moments irresistibly funny. Recent engagements include the lead character role in CIRKOPOLIS by Cirque Eloize and in ALIS by Italy’s Le Cirque with the World’s Top Performers. He is a three-time, returning director for Circus Bella and performed with this troupe at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2017, celebrating the Circus Arts on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Other directorial collaborations include the show ALIS and the Nevada Ballet Choreographer’s Showcase.

Joel has had the honor of teaming up with Clowns Without Borders Ireland and Belgium to bring laughter to children in Europe’s refugee camps. He has appeared on the national television shows “America’s Got Talent”, “The View”, and “The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” and has performed under the direction of James Cameron in the film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D.

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 Aug 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Joel Baker
  • Mon Aug 20 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Aug 22 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Aug 23 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Joel Baker
  • Mon Aug 27 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Aug 29 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Thu Aug 30 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Joel Baker
  • Wed Sep 05 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Mon Sep 10 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Sep 12 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Mon Sep 17 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Sep 19 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Mon Sep 24 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Sep 26 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Mon Oct 01 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Oct 03 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Mon Oct 08 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Wed Oct 10 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Mon Oct 15 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm with Jeremy Vik