Ross Travis is a professional Actor/Creator, Bouffon, Clown and Circus Performer. A proud company member with Circus Bella, San Francisco’s premiere one ring circus, Ross specializes in Chinese pole, an apparatus he studied for five years with Master Teacher Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center. In 2014 Ross performed his Chinese pole act with Sweet Can Circus in their sold out holiday show Mittens and Mistletoe. In October and November of 2013 Ross had a six-week contract to perform aerial pole and acrobatics in Craniatrium with Firefly Theatre and Circus, an ensemble-based circus and theatre company based in Edmonton, Canada. He rejoined Firefly for two weeks in March of 2015 to take part in a developmental workshop for their next show premiering in 2016. Ross has done coporate events with Velocity Circus and Le Cirque Boheme. Ross has a performance company called Antic in a Drain which just finished its first international tour of The Greatest Monkey Show On Earth; a primate circus extravaganza with a twist. The show received four stars from Global News at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and the inaugural Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Ross is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, as well as the Professional Acrobatic Program at the San Francisco Circus Center. He teaches Chinese pole, Handstands and Acrobatics at the San Francisco Circus Center
This class introduces students to the three pillars of handstand— “thinner, lighter, more alive”—by practicing the basic handstand form. Students focus on conditioning and flexibility exercises to strengthen the arms and upper body, and on techniques to improve balance and stamina. In addition to students interested in acrobatics, many aerial students find this class to provide complementary training of the upper body that is useful on aerial apparatus.