AcroSports

A non-profit center for gymnastics, acrobatics and circus arts.

AcroSports is a non-profit center for gymnastics, acrobatics and circus arts based in Inner Sunset in San Francisco, CA.

Follow Gymnastics Team USA!

Ever since the AcroStaff went to the Women’s Olympic Trials in San Jose, we’ve been counting down the days to the Olympics (no, really, there’s a countdown on our Youth & PreK page). The gymnasts trained hard in the States, and are finally down in Rio getting ready for the Big One. You can catch up on their podium training so far here and here.

To provide you with a little Olympics crash course in what to expect and when to expect it, we have all of the information about the US Team and when they will be competing.

First, the athletes themselves. We’ve listed everyone who is going to represent the USA below, and included their Instagram handles if you want to see all the behind-the-scenes and what they’re up to.

The Men’s Team:

- Captain: Chris Brooks (@cbrooks_gym)

- Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton)

- Sam Mikulak

- Danell Leyva (@danelljleyva)

- Alex Naddour (@alex_naddour)

Alternates: Akash Modi, Donnell Whittenburg

 

 

The Women’s Team:

- Captain: Aly Raisman (@alyraisman)

- Simone Biles (@simonebiles)

- Gabby Douglas (@gabbycvdouglas)

- Laurie Hernandez (@lauriehernandez_)

- Madison Kocian (@madison_kocian)

Alternates: MyKayla Skinner, Ragan Smith, Ashton Locklear

More information about all of the gymnasts here. Of course, you can also follow USA Gymnastics and NBC Olympics if you’re willing to flood your timeline and get truly OBSESSED.

 

Now is the time to clear your schedules, or move your lunch break around so you don’t miss a thing. NBC is covering The Rio Olympics, and you can find the full schedule for all sports here. What we’ve done is hunted through all of the badminton and field hockey to give you the schedule that’s just gymnastics (all in PST). We will be live-tweeting the events as they unfold over on our Twitter account!

Friday, August 5th: The Rio Olympics Opening Ceremonies!

Saturday, August 6th: Men’s Gymnastics Qualifications (The USA Men’s team is in Subdivision 2, which starts at 10:30am)

Sunday, August 7th: Women’s Gymnastics Qualifications (The USA Women’s team is in Subdivision 4, which starts at 1:30pm)

Monday, August 8th: Men’s Team Final (12:00pm)

Tuesday, August 9th: Women’s Team Final (12:00pm)

Wednesday, August 10th: Men’s All-Around Final (12:00pm)

Thursday, August 11th: Women’s All-Around Final (12:00pm)

Sunday, August 14th: Apparatus Finals (10:00am)

Monday, August 15th: Apparatus Finals (10:00am)

Tuesday, August 16th: Artistic Gymnastics (10:00am)

Sunday August 21st: The Rio Olympics Closing Ceremonies

Follow along and share your excitement with us on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

A Day with our Offsite and Outreach Manager

The AcroSports community isn't limited to our space on Frederick Street.  Our Offsite and Outreach Program has a presence throughout the city of San Francisco. To give you some insight into what these programs are, we followed our Offsite and Outreach Manager, Johnny Bradford, on an offsite day in the city.

AcroWarrior Parties

We're excited to announce our newest addition to our Party Program - the AcroWarrior Obstacle Course! You'll still be able to use some of our party favorites like our trapeze, foam pit, and zip-line but in a new, challenging, AcroWarrior way.

It changes the whole layout of the gym into a massive obstacle course for each party guest to run through, and includes a space for a game of dodge-ball as well.  We are committed to providing quality events for you and your family, and want to ensure that our parties grow and expand to create options for everyone.

If you're looking to book this party (for a birthday, end of school year celebration, or any other special event) head over to our party page, book an "Ultra" party, and select "AcroWarrior Obstacle Course" as an add-on.

*Even though this video shows an adult (our very own Birthday Manager Coach Mick), this course is designed for kids. We recommend guests age 8 or above.

Spring Class Offerings

Here at AcroSports, we work hard to program new and innovative classes for everyone, across all programs. So without further ado, here are some of our brand new classes ready for Spring Session!

Open Registration begins this Monday, March 7th.

Tumble and Tootsie Yoga

Times: Tootsie - Mondays 11:30am, Tumble - Tuesdays 11:00am

Coach: Charlie McDonald

Tootsie Yoga (ages 2-3)  is a wonderful opportunity for both parents/guardians and children to do yoga together, whilst Tumble Yoga (ages 4-6) enables your little ones to learn yoga without parent supervision.  Both classes incorporate storytelling, interactive games, and music. Students will experience various yoga postures, breathing exercises, and visualization techniques. These classes will also have the ability to utilize our Pre-K obstacle courses. Each week the classes will have a theme that weaves in education about nature, anatomy and compassion.


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Times: Sundays 11am Ages 9-12, 12pm Ages 6-8

Coach: Mick Glenn

Special Needs is divided into two age groups, 6-8 years old, and 9-12 years old. In both classes, students are taught a mix of tumbling, balance beam, bars, parkour, and trampoline. Through combining the principles of gymnastics with parkour, students develop strength, agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, and ultimately independent confidence in using their own bodies.


Adult Conditioning

Times: Fridays 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm

Coach: Rachel Bradford

Our new strength and conditioning class is for anyone looking to increase their fitness level, and perfect for parents with children attending Pre-K classes on Friday morning! In a relaxed and safe environment you can learn to lift weights using correct movement patterns focusing on form and technique. This conditioning class uses a variety of modalities to increase your overall fitness and strength using body weight exercises, weight lifting, gymnastic movements and high intensity work outs.


Adult Wall Trampoline

Times: Wednesday 12:00pm, 6:30pm

Coach: Elijah Jennett

Learn to fly in our new adult trampoline class! Better your abilities all around by building your aerial awareness and coordination. You’ll start with learning fundamental Trampolining skills, and can work your way up to defying gravity by learning to walk the wall. This class will utilize our high performance trampoline, 7 foot tramp wall, tumble track, and foam pit.

Juniper's Performers Without Borders Adventure

Hello everyone,

 

My name is Juniper Anderson, and I have been teaching here at AcroSports for the last 9 months and teaching circus arts for the last 3 years. I am heading to Nicaragua for three months with Performers Without Borders. P.W.B. for short, is an organization based out of the U.K. that brings social circus to countries with high instances of child poverty, such as India and Nicaragua.

 

We will be working with kids who wouldn't normally have the chance to have this kind of education. In doing so we hope to build a sense of community while supporting a creative outlet, steering them away from drug use, and gang violence. Through this work, we will help students build confidence, develop empowerment and overcome social barriers.

 

I will be teaching a range of different circus skills while performing with a group of 6 other talented individuals. We will also be working with other organizations who remain there year round, and we will be donating all the props we bring down there to the kids.

Donate to Juniper's Performers Without Borders Adventure here

If you want to learn more about Performers Without Borders please visit their website

Watch a video of a previous tour in Nicaragua here

 

Former AcroStaffer Victoria Quine rocks the boat in a seafaring circus

It was a blistering day in late July and I was dangling in my harness from the mast, slowly guiding the truss up 30 feet from the deck below. I was one of two aerialists in Caravan Stage Company's Production "Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire". The cast and crew amounted to 10 performers and 10 others from 8 different countries. In April I set off to join Caravan in Brooklyn, NY. We traveled up the Hudson River, Erie Canal, across Lake Ontario, and up to the St. Lawrence River performing for towns all along the water. They ranged from tiny rural communities to bustling tourist destinations with audiences of over 600 packed along the dock to watch us perform on the ship.

It's a fairly big undertaking, the breakdown and set-up of this political, multimedia opera. First we needed to unpack everything off the deck of the 90 foot river barge, organize it on land, scurry up the ratlines and clip in. There, I spent the rest of the day bolting the truss together, screwing in the grates to stand on, and from there, building the set which includes doors, large screens for projections, a larger-than-life hippocampus (a mythical horse/serpent), mini roller coaster, and of course the aerial pods from which I was performing.

As an aerialist and acrobat, I finally had the opportunity to perform on silks, rope, and chains (which yes, hurts exactly as much as you can imagine). The show not only featured aerialists and showcased some talented voices, but also utilized video projection, masks and puppetry to tell the story of four intrepid pirates who steal the gold from the global bank, Mammon Corps, with the intention to distribute it freely to the 99%.

Touring with this Canadian company was more of an adventure than I could have ever anticipated. I made some really wonderful friends along the way, including my fellow aerialist with whom I'm currently performing here in the Bay Area! Plus, I got to learn about life on a boat, not just as a performer, but as a crew member navigating and steering The Amara Zee.

She's currently sailing her way down to Florida where she'll winter, but I have returned to CA and am excited to be performing and teaching again out here. All in all, one of the things I love about being a circus artist is the opportunity for adventure and getting to share that with my students. Who knows, maybe one of our very own students at AcroSports will be future Caravaners!

Photo by Johanna Bobrow

Photo by Johanna Bobrow

About Victoria Quine:

Victoria Quine began her circus career at her alma mater Hampshire College where she studied cognitive psychology and child development. She then went on to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts and the New England Center for Circus Arts. Victoria was head aerial coach for AcroSports Sept 2014-April 2015 and currently teaches and performs in the Bay Area.

Welcome to the AcroBlog!

Here at AcroSports, we’re all about community—making circus, gymnastics, and urban arts accessible to everybody, providing outreach programs to underserved communities across the Bay Area, and supporting our AcroFamily of coaches, staff, and students.


So we created a blog for our community to talk about what makes it special.

What is there to look forward to?

- Guest columns from our teaching professionals performance lives as  aerialists, contortionists, and break-dancers in cities around the world

- Retrospectives of events and festivals at AcroSports and elsewhere

- Stories from AcroSports alumni

- Features of our amazing staff!

Our AcroStaffer of the Month: Erin Conn

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Erin Conn has gone above and beyond the past month. As both a coach and the Pre-K coordinator, she has been substituting numerous classes for her coaches, held down the fort while our Pre-K manager was out of the office, and has kept an incredibly positive attitude with a huge smile on her face to boot.


Thank you and congratulations, Erin, for being awesome!

 

 

AcroSports, 639 Frederick St, San Francisco, CA 94117 

415-665-2276