Intro to Handstand


This class is taught by:

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.

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:

  • Thu Mar 30 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Sat Apr 01 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 03 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Apr 04 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Thu Apr 06 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Sat Apr 08 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 10 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Apr 11 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Thu Apr 13 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Sat Apr 15 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 17 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Apr 18 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Thu Apr 20 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Sat Apr 22 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Apr 24 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Apr 25 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Thu Apr 27 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jim Donak
  • Sat Apr 29 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon May 01 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue May 02 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives