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  • HANDSTANDS

    Beginners to Advanced .. handstands to one arm handstands and more
    HANDSTANDS

    Handstands: Handstand  discipline dates back to the most ancient of times that requires the balancing acrobat to execute various moves and acrobatics while balancing on the hands or head, either on the ground or on virtually any type of apparatus.

    • Check our schedule because we have many handstand classes thougout the week! 
    • Lead Teacher: Jean-Luc Martin

    Handstand Classes

    Whether you are a beginner or advanced all of our handstand classes are available to you (except our Master Handstand class) If you can spot then you are okay to attend. Jean-Luc (our master handstand teacher) works with each person to develop a system that helps the students particular need for advancement and reaching your goals.

    Master Handstand Class

    Two hours a day Monday through Friday! If you are interested in training at a professional level please do not hesitate to contact us. This class requires a commitment and not for drop in students.

     

    Technique Only Class

    Jean-Luc Martin teaches private and small group handstand classes that focus on technique & conditioning from beginners to advanced students. In this technique class Jean-Luc explains what needs to happen while in the conditioning classes for the student to achieve their goals. In the group classes  he concentrates on conditioning to build the muscles and endurance in order to help the technique. The class consist of 80% conditioning with set drills to your skill level and 20% technique which Jean-Luc gives while you are training.

     

    Private Class

    Please book private classes through our contact form or call us!

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    We work with beginners to advanced balancers!

     

    GROUP HANDSTAND CLASS

    Handstand classes at San Diego Circus Center

    Jean-Luc works with students on an individual basis when requested. Each student has the potential to reach their goals.

     

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    Handstand classes at San Diego Circus Center

    Doing handstands on different apparatuses like chairs can be very exciting. Jean-Luc performed handbalancing on chairs with Cirque du Soleil.

     

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  • FLEXIBILITY

    A must for any acrobat / circus performer
    FLEXIBILITY

    Our Flexibility classes are broken down into sections so our students can focus on their needs:

    1) LOWER/MIDDLE BACK & SHOULDERS

    2) LEFT/RIGHT & CENTER SPITS

    The curriculum for our flexibility classes follows the teachings of Annick Taillon’s exstretch system. We have had amazing results with this technique.

    Click on our schedule for the times – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon!

    ONE Hour Class

    WE have two (1 hour) Flexibility 1) The THREE SPLITS:  Center, Right/Left splits & 2) The LOWER, MIDDLE BACK, SHOULDERS. The teacher may explore other stretches if needed.

    Mixed Back and Splits Class

    Saturdays Class is a Mixed Class

     

    Flexibility Class at San Diego Circus Center

    Flexibility takes time and patience and the correct alignment. Everyones body is different and needs to move at its own pace.

     

     

    Flexibility Class at San Diego Circus Center

    Flexibility class is challenging but the rewards are incredible

     

     

    Flexibility Class at San Diego Circus Center

    We are focused and have a plan in each class

     

  • AERIAL HOOP – LYRA

    AERIAL HOOP – LYRA

    Aerial Hoop, Lyra is a metal circle that is suspended from a single point. While Climbing, inverting, rolling and turning every which way on these apparatuses, you will discover their center of gravity in many different positions.

    You will learn how to move from different positions with grace and ease while gaining strength and control. On lyra you will learn all of the above with the added excitement of spinning. After growing comfortable with solo work, you can learn to work in pairs and teams to build shapes in the air, turning them inside out and upside down in poses that highlight both strength and flexibility..

    Lyra Class

    The classes include a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips, and stretching. You’ll learn at your own pace and interest level. Beginners will focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and basic balances. More advanced students will learn more difficult skills, choreography and artistry. As your strength and confidence increase, you’ll be amazed at what you are capable of doing.

    What to wear

    It is important to wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and under your arms. You will want a shirt that can be tucked in to give your back protection. Long stretch pants or footless tights and a tight-fitting top are suggested. Tighter fitting clothing that gives you full range of motion is best. Shorts are not recommended since the back of your knees will be on the bar, and loose clothing may get in the way.

    Aerial Lyra - Hoop class at San Siego Circus Center

    Aerial Lyra - Hoop class at San Siego Circus Center

  • TRAPEZE

    TRAPEZE

    Static Trapeze is an aerial apparatus consisting of a bar hung from ropes. Unlike the flying trapeze, this one generally stays in place. Climbing, inverting, rolling and turning every which way on these apparatuses, students discover their center of gravity in many different positions.

    You will learn how to move from different positions with grace and ease while gaining strength and control. On the trapeze you will learn to use the bar and ropes to pose, invert, balance and drop into thrilling positions. After growing comfortable with solo work, you can learn to work in pairs and teams to build shapes in the air, turning them inside out and upside down in poses that highlight both strength and flexibility.

    Static Trapeze Class

    The classes include a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips, and stretching. You’ll learn at your own pace and interest level. Beginners will focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and basic balances. More advanced students will learn more difficult skills, choreography and artistry. As your strength and confidence increase, you’ll be amazed at what you are capable of doing.

    What to Wear

    It is important to wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and under your arms. You will want a shirt that can be tucked in to give your back protection. Long stretch pants or footless tights and a tight-fitting top are suggested. Tighter fitting clothing that gives you full range of motion is best. Shorts are not recommended since the back of your knees will be on the bar, and loose clothing may get in the way.

    Class Format

    Classes are 1 hour long and are available as private lessons or group sessions. Group sessions are limited to 6 students and signup is available online.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

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  • AERIAL RINGS

    The rings, also referred to as steady rings or still rings, is an artistic gymnastic event and apparatus in which an athlete performs static, strength-based moves on two wooden rings. Aerial rings incorporates gymnastics elements while influenced by the circus arts.

    Aerial Rings Skills

    The still rings is a gymnastics event that requires a significant amount of upper-body strength. Work towards static skills including muscle up, shoulderstand, seat holds, levers, and other strength elements while utilizing each person’s unique attributes.
     

    This class is designed for beginners with little or no experience on the gymnastics rings apparatus. It is recommended that you can do at least two unassisted pull-ups and dips (not necessarily on rings) before joining the class.

    Aerial Rings Conditioning

    Gymnastics training is designed to build balance, coordination, agility and exceptional core strength. Bodyweight exercises, typical for gymnastics training, rely on a person’s own weight rather than free weights. High repetitions help build endurance, while strength gains are made through increasing the intensity of the exercise. Body weight training relies on the manipulation of leverage to change the resistance of each exercise. This training method is special because it helps an athlete work the smaller, stabilizing muscles in addition to the larger muscle groups, increasing one’s balance and control. This class combines gymnastics strength training on rings and parallets to target your core, back, and arms to reach new levels of strength, power, and balance.
    This class is open to all abilities levels. Each person will follow the progressions appropriate for their level of strength.

     

  • DANCE TRAPEZE

    Single Point Trapeze

    Dance Trapeze is an aerial apparatus consisting of a bar hung from ropes that culminate in a single point with a swivel allowing the apparatus to spin. You will learn how to move from different positions with  grace and ease while gaining strength and control.

    On the trapeze you will learn to use the bar and  ropes to pose, invert, balance and drop into positions. In addition, you will learn how to incorporate  spinning elements as well as groundwork into your trapeze practice. As you gain comfort on the spinning  apparatus, you will learn to orbit (creating large circles) and work with a puller (pulling the trapeze up  and down from the ground).

    Dance Trapeze Class

    The classes include a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips, and stretching. You’ll learn at your  own pace and interest level. Beginners will focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and basic balances. More advanced students will learn more difficult skills, choreography and artistry. As  your strength and confidence increase, you’ll be amazed at what you are capable of doing.

    What to Wear

    It is important to wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and under your arms. You will want a shirt that can be tucked in to give your back protection. Long stretch pants or footless tights and a tight-fitting top are suggested. Tighter fitting clothing that gives you full range of motion is best. Shorts are not recommended since the back of your knees will be on the bar, and loose clothing may get in the way.

    Class Format

    Classes are 1 hour long and are available as private lessons or group sessions. Group sessions are limited to 6 students and signup is available online.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

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  • Stilt Walking

    Stilt Walking has been part of legends, rituals and festivals from around the world for millennia, especially in celebrations of growth and achievement, or just for having a high old time! Young & old alike gravitate to a stilted character towering head and feet above the crowd

    The introduction to stilts class will focus on learning skills and basics recommended for any stilters repertoire.

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    Introductions to Stilt Walking

    and their application to various skills including walks, turns, and floor work. Peg stilts and knee pads required for class.

    What to Wear

    Long pants, knee pads and stilts

    Class Format

    Classes are available as a group session of 60 minutes, with a maximum of 4 students.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

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  • HAND TO HAND

    Two person adagio Hand to Hand
    HAND TO HAND

    Hand to Hand, also known as Acro-Sport is a demanding acrobatic discipline performed by two or more acrobats on the ground in which the carrier executes various moves involving strength, balance, elevation and flexibility by carrying the flyer on the hands or sometimes the head.

    There are two forms of Hand to Hand: Dynamic Hand to Hand and Static Hand to Hand. Jean-Luc performed hand to hand and teaches classes every week.

    Hand to Hand Class

    Hand to Hand requires a partner. Please sign up for this class with a partner.

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    Hand to Hand class at San Diego Circus Center

    Hand to hand is a wonderful team building discipline that requires trust and patience.

     

    Hand to Hand class at San Diego Circus Center

    Hand to hand adagio is teamwork! We start with the basics and the team can reach amazing goals!

    Hand to Hand class at San Diego Circus Center

    Hand to hand includes other elements like building columns. Here is a two high but we also do three highs too!

     

    Hand to Hand class at San Diego Circus Center

    We use safety ropes when necessary in the learning process! If you want to FLY come try out our class!

     

     

  • SILK, ROPE & HAMMOCK

    Aerial Silks, Tissue or Fabric are two long pieces of soft fabric that hang from a single point. Hammock is a fabric or rope trapeze that can be hung from a single or double point. Aerial Rope or Corde Lisse is a single soft rope hanging from a single point.

    Using strength, grace and flexibility, you climb the apparatus and move your body into amazing and beautiful poses and shapes. Drops and slides are an exciting and fun part of learning these circus apparatuses.

    Silk, Rope & Hammock Classes

    The classes include a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips, and stretching. You’ll learn at your own pace and interest level. Beginners will focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and basic balances. More advanced students will learn more difficult skills, choreography and artistry. As your strength and confidence increase, you’ll be amazed at what you are capable of doing.

    What to Wear

    It is important to wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and under your arms. You will want a shirt that can be tucked in to give your back protection. Long stretch pants or footless tights and a tight-fitting top are suggested. Tighter fitting clothing that gives you full range of motion is best. Shorts are not recommended, and loose clothing may get in the way.

    Class Format

    Classes are 1 hour long and are available as private lessons or group sessions. Group sessions are limited to 6 to 8 students and signup is available online.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

    Class availability varies for each apparatus. Please check our schedule — the apparatus will be included in the class name. If you see classes named “Silks” but are interested in Rope or Hammock, please CONTACT US to ask about availability.

  • PARTNER ACROBATICS

    2 or more people creating static and dynamic poses

    Partner acrobatics, with elements of hand-to-hand, involves 2 or more people creating static and dynamic poses that incorporate balance, flexibility, and strength. Different roles include the “base” and the “flyer.” The base lifts and supports the flyer.

    Partner Acrobatics Class

    In this class, learn a variety of 2, 3 and 4 person poses that play to your abilities. Poses range from strength-based levers and static holds, to powerful lifts and graceful transitional elements.

    You do not need a partner to attend.

     

  • TUMBLING

    Round out your skills with a foundation in tumbling

    In this tumbling class you will learn basic skills through advanced. We will include forward/backward rolls, aerials, front/back walkovers, front and back handsprings, front and back tucks & side-flips. As you progress the skills will be combined and variations added.

    • All levels
    • Lead Teacher: Sandy Orsmond-Holmes
    • Starts August 12th, Monday’s at 6:00pm

    Tumbling

    Beginner to Intermediate Classes: Our tumbling class is to help build a strong foundation in tumbling for our students. This class is geared for adults.

    What to Wear

    Gymnastics slippers or bare feet are ideal. Comfortable pants/shirt and not to loose.

    Class Format

    Classes are available as a group session of 60 minutes, with a maximum of 8 students.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

  • Circus Circuitry

    Learn the foundational circus skills through bootcamp conditioning

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    In this hour and 15min class

    In our Circus Circuitry program will be guided through a dynamic warm up to get the heart rate moving and blood pumping to maximize the effects of both cardio and strength building programs, followed by a cool down focused on injury prevention & flexibility.

    You need not to be an acrobat to participate – agility will be acquired as you smile and sweat your way through what has become all the rage – FunFitness!

    • 15 minute warm up
    • 45 minute training
    • 15 minute cool down
    • sign in via our schedule register-online

    Classes format

    Classes formatted off the highly effective & popular HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Suspension Training, Hypertrophy, MetCon, & Tabata methods.

    Foundational moves, drills, & skills are developed from gymnast, circus acrobat, yogini & aerialist training. If you are looking to feel free inside your body, confident with controlled & unparalled strength, nimble & quick with fluid power, balanced and bendy with a centered zen just like you see in the athletes of Cirque – this is the class for you!

    So allow yourself the chance to be all you can be. Step up and take the challenge – the Circus Circuitry Challenge and join us for monthly memberships at San Diego Circus Center.

    Pricing

    We have different pricing plans that are very affordable.

    • Circus Circuitry (SDCC Monthly Members ONLY): 10 classes for 120.00 (=12 per class) register-online
    • Circus Circuitry (Class Pack): 8 classes for $120.00 (=15 per class) register-online
    • Circus Circuitry (Drop in): $20.00
    • Or you can use your regular SDCC class pack or weekly membership allotment
  • FITNESS

    Circus Fitness and Aerial Conditioning!

    Fitness training in the circus arts the goal is to learn a skill in a particular disciple AND what happens naturally is that you get in AMAZING SHAPE! Ask any circus performer what is their secret and you will get many different answers. BUT, you will hear these words, MOVEMENT, CONDITIONING, FLEXIBILITY, TECHNIQUE and DISCIPLINE.

    We have taken those 5 words and put together a couple of fitness programs from a circus performer, acrobats or a movers point of view. These programs are for ALL levels because within each exercise there are different versions. Come and join the Circus Fitness Movement!

    Aerial Conditioning

     

    A hard-core, fast paced conditioning class in which students work on and build the strength necessary for training on any aerial apparatus. Run as a high intensity interval training circuit, this class will include exercises on trapeze, aerial silks, lyra and straps. Exercises will focus primarily on building abdominal and upper body strength but each session will provide a full body workout. No prior circus experience is necessary but students should come with a can-do attitude, ready to sweat and with pants that cover the backs of their knees.register-online

     



  • CHINESE POLE

    Takes your ground acrobatic skills to new heights!

    Chinese poles are vertical poles of aluminum on which circus performers climb, slide down and hold poses.

    Our weekly scheduled class focuses on incorporating movements and techniques that develops strength, flexibility and endurance. It is a  circus discipline which can range from smooth dance-like moves to extreme acrobatic performances.

    Chinese Pole Class

    CHINESE POLE

    Chinese Poles takes your ground acrobatic skills to new heights! Vertically challenge yourself by applying your strength and agility to climbing 20 feet into the air and executing various position. Our poles are rubber coated.

    What to Wear

    Appropriate footwear must be worn for Chinese Pole. If you are trying the class for the first time, we recommend that you wear plimsoles, Converse or soft flexible trainers. If you would like to continue training in Chinese Pole, we would strongly recommend that you purchase professional Chinese Pole footwear such as Tabi boots, which can be purchased online (ebay is a great source).

    Class Format

    Classes are available as a group session of 60 minutes, with a maximum of 4 students.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

     

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  • STRAPS

    Physically strenuous aerial discipline
    STRAPS

    Aerial straps training is one of the most physically strenuous aerial disciplines to perform and study. Patience is required to safely and slowly build a vocabulary on this apparatus and often many months of work are necessary to achieve a single trick.

    We work with our students on a conditioning and exercise program developed by Carly Sheridan that is designed to build the strength and technique to eventually accomplish some of the better-known tricks such as roll ups and split balances. This class is very physically demanding and as such we require that students have some background in at least one other aerial apparatus or are able to do at least six pull ups on a standard trapeze bar.

    Straps Class

    The focus for this class is placed on achieving strong shoulder girdles, and rotator cuff and abdominal strength. Once a strong foundation is formed students are taught to rely on technique as much as strength for controlling and achieving Aerial Straps vocabulary. The class includes a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips and stretching. Students will learn at their own pace and interest level. Every month San Diego Circus Center holds intensive classes with Carly and Ivan to work on new technique after each student has built up the required strength to achieve their goals. Please note while this class can be an excellent avenue for more advanced students to get a great work out the focus is on the basic, staple skills of Aerial Straps and the curriculum does not address more advanced skills or creative choreography.

    What to wear

    It is important to wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and and long sleeves.

    Aerial Straps training at San Diego Circus center

    Aerial Straps training at San Diego Circus center

    Aerial Straps training at San Diego Circus center

    Aerial Straps training at San Diego Circus center

  • TIGHT WIRE

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    TIGHT WIRE

    Tight Wire Walking is a traditional circus act performed on a narrow metal cable at various heights above the ground. The cable is pulled very tight and has very little give to it. It is a challenging mental and physical activity of balance and focus. Tight Wire walkers may use props such as hoops, parasols or fans to assist with balance or add entertainment. Tight Wire is different from a slack line set up, which is usually nylon webbing that is not so tight, and has more bounce and movement.

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    Tight Wire

    Students will take turns balancing and walking on our practice wire, a safe two feet above the ground, while being spotted by an experienced instructor. When students become comfortable walking and standing still on the wire, they may progress to turns, kneeling, sitting, dancing, or using props such as hoops or juggling clubs. Students refine their sense of balance by feeling small shifts in weight and learning to make tiny but focused adjustments to body position. Students will be given balance, strengthening and stretching activities to practice at home.

    What to Wear

    Ballet or gymnastics slippers with leather soles, worn with socks, are ideal. Flat yet flexible soled shoes, such as Converse, can also work, though it is a matter of personal preference. Some people are comfortable in socks or running shoes. Shoes do need to fit snugly. Please take care to wear pants that are not too long or baggy around the ankles.

    Class Format

    Classes are available as a group session of 60 minutes, with a maximum of 4 students. We will incorporate tight wire in our mulch-discipline classes.

    Private Class

    For private lessons, please call us to arrange.

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  • RUSSIAN BAR

    RUSSIAN BAR

    Russian Bar was first employed by Boris Isaevy in 1958, this acrobatic discipline is executed on the ground by two carriers who support, either on the shoulder or arms, a flexible bar upon which a flyer stands upright and performs a variety of precarious moves. Jean-Luc performed with Cirque du Soleils Alegria in Russian Bar.

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    Single Bar Class

    Every flyer or base will start their introduction or training by using the single bar.

    Double Bar Class

    Double and triple bar is advanced and the bar is placed on the shoulder of the base.

     

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