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.

Xiaohong Weng instructs the following:
  • Acrobatics 1
  • Build on the foundations and take the Chinese acrobatic tradition to the next level. Students continue to develop strength and flexibility while focusing on technique and mastery in handstands, tumbling, hand-to-hand, and other acrobatic skills.

    For handstands, students will work on free standing handstand, variations of handstand press ups, and one-arm handstands.

    For tumbling, students will work on back handsprings, back tucks, front tucks, side and front aerials. The small student:teacher ratio encourages students to progress faster thanks to hands-on, student-specific coaching.


    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:


  • Intro to Acrobatics
  • In this physically intense class students will work on flexibility, balance, strength, and agility.

    The class begins with a full head to toe warm-up followed by full body stretching. Students then focus on headstands and handstands for 30 minutes with various headstand positions and handstand drills. In the last 30 minutes students practice tumbling, starting from basic forward and backward rolls, up to cartwheels and round-offs.

    More advanced students may move on to more challenging tricks like headsprings and handsprings.

    No Prerequisite.