Intro to Handstand


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Sat Jul 29 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Lin Junming
  • Mon Jul 31 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Aug 01 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Lin Junming
  • Wed Aug 02 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Aug 05 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Aug 07 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Aug 08 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Aug 09 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Aug 12 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Aug 14 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Aug 15 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Aug 16 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Aug 19 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Aug 21 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Aug 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Aug 23 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak
  • Sat Aug 26 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Mon Aug 28 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Jeremy Vik
  • Tue Aug 29 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jiggidy Jives
  • Wed Aug 30 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jim Donak