Intro to Handstand


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.

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.

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.

Learn the basics of handstand, the foundation of circus. Students are introduced to the three pillars of handstand—thinner, lighter, more alive—and also practice the basic handstand form. Both acrobatic and aerial students can benefit from practicing handstands.


No Prerequisites.




Upcoming classes:

  • Tue May 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Thu Jun 01 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jun 03 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jun 05 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Jun 06 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jun 07 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jun 10 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jun 12 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Jun 13 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jun 14 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jun 17 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jun 19 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Jun 20 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jun 21 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jun 24 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Jun 26 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Jun 27 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Jun 28 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Jul 01 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives