Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper is a California native and has lived in San Francisco for over ten years. She loves stretching and shortly after beginning classes here at Circus Center, she was accepted into the Contortion program and began teaching the beginner and intermediate level flexibility classes. As an instructor, she tailors her teaching style to the needs of the students and believes that anyone can become more flexible using safe and dynamic techniques She focuses on proper alignment, paired with isometric stretching techniques and assisted stretches to quickly improve flexibility.

Michelle is a lover of animals and the environment! Outside of Circus Center, she can be found volunteering for multiple animal rescue nonprofits in the Bay Area.

Michelle Cooper instructs the following:
  • Stretching
  • Students of all degrees of flexibility are invited to learn essential stretching exercises to increase mobility and range of motion. This class concentrates on stretching sequences to improve leg, back and shoulder flexibility, with a special focus on proper form to achieve flexibility without injury.


    Students interested in progressing to Advanced Stretching and Intro to Contortion should begin in this class.

    No Prerequisite.

  • Contortion Conditioning
  • Intended for students who want to incorporate power and control into their flexibility, Contortion Conditioning is an endurance and strength-building class that improves active leg flexibility, core strength, and joint stability while developing body awareness for advanced stretching techniques.
    This class is a great complement for aerialists, hand balancers, acrobats, and people of all circus backgrounds. For 60 minutes, instructors from our Contortion Department guide students through drills to strengthen the entire body, work up a sweat, and build strong stabilizing muscles for a happy backbend.
    No Prerequisite