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.



Jim Donak instructs the following:
  • Physical Limitation Elimination
  • Designed for those who wish to increase functional range of motion as quickly as possible. In this challenging class, you will not only increase your range of motion, but also strengthen the structures that provide control and stability while in your maximum ranges. This is an excellent stand-alone class and is essential for those who want to excel in their acrobatic training. This class emphasizes injury-free techniques that deliver the most effective results.



    No Prerequisites.

     

     


  • Premium Trampoline
  • A three-person maximum trampoline class allows the more serious trampoline student more time on the apparatus.

     

    No Prerequisites.

     

     


  • All Levels Trampoline
  • This class teaches beginning to advanced trampoline skills with an emphasis on safety, body awareness in space, and conditioning. Students will progress at their own pace and those who master the basic skills will learn inverted moves.

    No Prerequisite- Some experience with trampoline preferred


  • Bending Backwards
  • Recommended Prerequisite: 30 second handstand against a wall; a pushup a bridge with 30 sec hold
     
    This class is aimed at developing back bending skills for acrobatic and aerial applications.
    It is intended to augment the current programs by offering a class that works specifically on the dynamic application of back bending skills for inversions, limbers, walkovers, tumbling, partner acrobatics and the like.
    This class will include various learning methods with regard to increasing strength and stability, and range of motion throughout the “backend”

  • Handstand 1
  • 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

     
     

  • Intro to Handstand
  • 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.




  • Stretching Part 1: Understanding Range of Motion
  • The first of a four-part series of Stretching Workshops with Jim Donak.
     
    Conversations regarding stretching are rife with buzzwords and misinformation. This leads to a misunderstanding of what stretching is and what it is good for, and creates confusion between stretching techniques and techniques used to increase one’s range of motion.

    This workshop will help you to make sense of these conversations. In this workshop, you will refine your understanding of why and when stretching is appropriate and what permits and restricts one’s range of motion. You will learn to assess movement barriers and the techniques to move beyond them.

    Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn’t expect.

    About 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


  • Stretching Part 2: Matching Techniques to Goals
  • The second in a four-part series of Stretching Workshops with Jim Donak.
     
    There are a variety of stretching techniques each nurturing different types of mobility. For anyone wanting to effectively and efficiently increase their usable range of motion, adapting training techniques to best match your desired goals is essential.

    This workshop will provide you with the understanding and tools to identify your range of motion goals and to customize your training to meet these goals. You will learn and practice a wide variety of techniques that will enable you to be more refined in your pursuit of super powers.

    Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn’t expect.

    About 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.


  • Creating Stability
  • The third in a four-part series of Stretching Workshops with Jim Donak.
     
    Stability is often mentioned and seldom understood beyond the idea of crude 'bracing'. It is a much more nuanced skill. It requires specific training approaches beyond resistance training and yields indispensable rewards once nurtured. It is arguably the most foundational skill upon which strength and mobility are built.

    In this workshop, you will learn the difference between balance and stability and delve into the world of neurological training. You will learn how poor stability may be what is really limiting your strength and mobility and how to translate those often boring and tedious resistance exercises into true stability training. Not only will your joints love you for it, but you will also likely become more proficient at your craft while at the same time reducing the likelihood of injury.

    Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn't expect.

    About 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.


  • Spine, Abs, Core & More
  • The fourth in a four-part series of Stretching Workshops with Jim Donak.
     
    Understanding the difference between managing your spine, engaging abdominal integrity and the ability to transfer forces amongst your limbs will significantly change how you approach training. This understanding is essential if one wants to achieve and sustain high level athletic ability.

    This workshop will guide you discovering and training aspects of your most critical region. Refine your awareness of alignment and be challenged with strength and stability throughout your entire range of motion from the inside out and back again.

    Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn't expect.

    About 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.