Oscar Velarde was born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up he trained in various styles of martial arts such as Karate-do and Brazilian Jiujitsu. He was introduced to the circus arts through his family who own El Gran Circo de Mexico, where Oscar performed as a stunt clown. In his first year on tour, he was introduced to Diabolo and began to teach himself for years until he was able to compile enough tricks to become a feature act.
Oscar teaches Circus Skills Jam with Sabrina Wenske, an award-winning San Francisco-based theatre actor and deviser, primarily in clown.
Oscar Velarde instructs the following:
Juggling, Manipulation, and Balance
In Juggling, Manipulation, and Balance, students will learn the basics of juggling, diabolo, and flowers sticks. Students will also test their equilibrium as they learn rolling globe, stilt-walking, rolla bola, and tight-wire.
Circus Skills Jam
Every Friday night from 7-9pm, Circus Center holds a FREE open play session where you can experiment with juggling, tightwire, rolla bolla, feather balancing, clowning, and more in a casual setting, under the supervision of our instructors. Did we mention Circus Skills Jam is FREE?
No experience required.
Everyone age 8 and older is welcome, however, all students under age 18 must have a parent sign our general release form, and children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by parents at all times.