Get in the flow with AcroYoga

Ever scroll through Instagram and wish you could do this…

Max Stuart and AcroSports’ student Elisa Orellana showing off their skills in the park.

Max Stuart and AcroSports’ student Elisa Orellana showing off their skills in the park.

AcroYoga incorporates teamwork, strength building and body awareness through learning unique acro poses, postures, and flows. AcroSports has two opportunities to help you develop your skills through our instructor-led AcroYoga class and a more open flow with our new AcroYoga Jam.

Max Stuart has been practicing AcroYoga for over 4 years and coaching for more than 2 years. “I love that the AcroYoga community is a cooperative environment where you build trust with others rather than competing against others. It’s fun, keeps you healthy and fit,  allows you to connect with people and it’s a great workout!”

His Saturday AcroYoga class from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. focuses on instructor-led poses from beginner all the way to more advanced skills. No yoga mat, no prior experience needed to learn. This class is perfect for those who enjoy less impactful movements, but still want a workout and the chance to learn new and challenging circus skills.

Max Stuart at Pai Circus School & Hostel in Thailand.

Max Stuart at Pai Circus School & Hostel in Thailand.

One of the foundations of AcroYoga is safe practice and learning how to spot and correct body positions. Max commented, “It’s better to practice in a safe space when you have a spotter than trying new skills at the park without any mats. My favorite part of this class is helping others gain new skills.”

Max Stuart at an open Jam with SF Acro.

Max Stuart at an open Jam with SF Acro.

AcroYoga Jam is an open space to develop your own practice, skill-share with others, and engage with like-minded people on Friday nights from 7 - 8:30 p.m.. Best part is that you can get a 4 class pass for $28! Come and jam with us!

AcroSports inaugural AcroYoga Jam!

AcroSports inaugural AcroYoga Jam!

Max is hosting the AcroYoga Jam and said, “I’m excited AcroSports has opened the space to allow our community a place to meet on a Friday night to connect with new people while trying new and challenging poses.”

Sign up here!

"Where the Concrete Ends Dreams Begin." CircusLab’s upcoming performance!

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CircusLab at AcroSports means doing the impossible. Our CircusLab class of 15 students between the ages of 10-18 will be performing at the SOMArts Cultural Center on June 1! This is CircusLab’s first time performing at the SOMArts Cultural Center and we couldn’t be more proud.

"Where the Concrete Ends Dreams Begin." is also our new Performance Director,  NancyKate’s first full show with CircusLab!

NancyKate chose Shel Silverstein as a theme because his style is a perfect fit for the dreamers, the doers, and people who make the impossible happen. “I use poetry as a platform for creating performance art. It's really easy to grasp the imagery of the poems and bring them to life in your own style, which is what I asked CircusLab to do. Also, I selfishly hope to inspire youth to read more Shel Silverstein - his writings are funny, creative and timeless.”


This year, CircusLab has performed at the AcroSports "Age of Rock" Cabaret and the Harlem Globetrotters Pre-show. The performance at the SOMArts Center will be their first performance in a theater!

Check out our highlight reel from our “Age of Rock” Cabaret below!

CircusLab performing at the AcroSports “Age of Rock” Cabaret

CircusLab performing at the AcroSports “Age of Rock” Cabaret

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If you’ve already seen our CircusLab troupe perform, you know they are a group talented acrobats and amazing performers, but every new performance they reach higher and have more creative input. During practice Nancy Kate said, “Every time I give CircusLab a scene from the show they match it with more ideas and come up with new creative concepts. Adolescent minds are great in that way - they have the freedom to think like children while wanting to relate to adulthood.”

Mackenzie Pike, our dance coach for CircusLab said, “Shel Silverstein is a perfect theme for this group. We’ve added more dance to this performance, which I’m excited the troupe will get to show off.”

Please join us in supporting our talented youth artists perform in a beautiful space in San Francisco! Grab your tickets today!

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Want to join CircusLab?

Auditions will be held this Summer! Any questions, contact Performance Director, Nancy Kate.


Outdoor Parkour Training with coach Louka, Elijah, and Jesper!

“My name is Louka Peterson, I am 15 years old and I have been training at Acrosports for about three years. 

Training outside is a feeling like no other, requiring much more patience, confidence, and trust in yourself. 

What inspires my parkour practice is the community and the people I get to meet and hangout with, as well as meet extremely talented people. 

My goals for 2019 are to bring all my in-gym skills outdoors as well as filming and editing more videos. 

My advice for those getting into acrobatics are to go for it and not hold back and try it. It’s a journey of progress and accomplishments.”

Are You Ready for CircusLab?

 

“The point of CircusLab is really to make us stronger, 

to build our endurance to perform, 

to inspire and empower us in our performance abilities, 

and to teach us lots of new skills.” 

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Isabella Mackenzye Sol

Spring 2018

I: Introduction to CircusLab

I am writing to persuade you to try out for CircusLab by telling you about it. CircusLab is a group of youth that love to perform, train hard, and have fun. Many of us want to be professional performers some day. If you want to try out for CircusLab, you have to be able to do some tumbling and acrobatic stuff, but nothing major. We’ll teach you more! I encourage you to try out on June 1 or 2. I also encourage you to come to one of the CircusLab shows on May 19 (at 6:30pm) or May 20 (at 2:00pm) to really feel the vibe of what we do. 

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II: What We Do in CircusLab

The purpose of CircusLab is to learn how to perform and entertain and audience; how to project your voice to an audience; and how to tell a fabulous story with all the aerial and acrobatic arts. In CircusLab, we also do lots of partner acrobatics, clowning through everything, and improv arts. We are acrobats, aerialists, hula hoopers, parkour practitioners, dancers, contortionists, clowns, and lots more. Most of all, we’re performers. CircusLab training takes place at AcroSports. I’ve been in it for about 10 sessions (almost 3 years) since it started in 2015. Coach Hannah is the head coach and director of our ensemble. 

We currently train 2 days/4 hrs a week with extra rehearsals around performances. Next year’s ensemble and advanced troupe will definitely train more hours. Our big show is always an original in the Spring and lasts about 45-60 minutes. We perform a shorter original show in the December showcase at AcroSports just to get extra practice in front of an audience. However, we are also starting to get more opportunities to perform in non-showcase events. Some of the CL students performed in the AcroSports' March cabaret. Masai and I performed a contortion and hand-balancing act for a local event in April. Many of us will perform in Carnaval later this month. 

Isabella and Masai at Mission Kids Spring Fiesta

Isabella and Masai at Mission Kids Spring Fiesta

The current main specialty acts are tumbling with Coach Molly, aerial with Coach Amy, and contortion with Coach Serchmaa. Coach Ivo recently joined AcroSports to coach aerial mostly but to help CL putting all the acts together in our performances. The point of CircusLab is really to make us stronger, to build our endurance to perform, to inspire and empower us in our performance abilities, and to teach us lots of new skills. 

Tumbling/Partner Acro Act Creation performing in our "We've Always Done It!" Staff and Student Cabaret.  Photo credit: Scott Klein (@scootklein)

Tumbling/Partner Acro Act Creation performing in our "We've Always Done It!" Staff and Student Cabaret.  Photo credit: Scott Klein (@scootklein)

III: What is Expected of CircusLab Performers

As a CL student, you will be expected to work hard at practice and rehearsals, be on time, always be a team player, and be a great role model. As a performer, you will be expected to memorize lines on time; remember all the routines and acts, be resilient when changes are made; empower each other throughout training, rehearsals, and performances; show courage and passion through challenges; and commit to all the extra rehearsals. The new intermediate ensemble will be what CircusLab is now and the new advanced troupe will be for the students who are ready for more challenges, harder work, more performances, more commitment, and much higher expectations to meet. When you work really hard, you get stronger, better, braver, more confident, happier, and more graceful. We are all role models for younger kids that want to be in CircusLab some day. I asked a few CircusLab students to share their best advice for what’s expected and here’s what I got: 

“Things will not always go your way. The show may not take the turn of events you want it to, but this helps me and anybody who joins this amazing group to let your ideas go sometimes and move on to new ideas.”  — Louka

“Mental blocks are my biggest challenge. It takes time to build confidence and with support from teammates and coaches you can overcome anything.” — Izzy

“The most challenging expectation for me is clowning. I feel like I will be judged and people will make fun of me. I have grown to feel more comfortable with being weird in front of people. Still, I am always nervous when going up to do something that I would not normally do. But, every time after, I feel energized and good about what I did.” — Masai

“The most challenging expectation is learning to be mindful. Students in a regular class run around cutting through classmates and bothering them. But as CircusLab students we needed to learn to not do that are mind our space because CircusLab is the most advanced class at AcroSports.” — Bailey

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IV: What Can You Expect to Gain from CircusLab

From CircusLab, you will gain a lot. If you are shy, it will help you come out of your shell. If you like to perform, but not speak to an audience, it will help you overcome that. You will feel and be stronger. You could learn really cool skills like clowning, improv, synchro tumbling, partner aero, acro-gymnastics, parkour, hand-balancing, juggling, stilt walking, and much more. We become such good friends, we are like family. We get together for costume making parties, social events, and go to performances together, like: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque du Symphonie, Circus Center, and college gymnastics meets. Here’s what other CircusLab students had to say about what we’ve gained from our experience the past year: 

“Of course, there is the chance to train 5 more hours a week and improve your tumbling skills. On the other side of things, there are more moral benefits like meeting amazing new people, making loyal friends who will never let you fall - sometimes literally. Becoming part of this community has been one of the best experiences of my life.” — Louka

“The greatest benefit for me is that I am now more comfortable with meeting new people and becoming friends with them. Before CL, I was always very nervous about who I will meet and what would happen. Now I am comfortable when I go to new classes and auditions, I don’t need a friend with me.” — Masai

“CircusLab has allowed me to express myself in a creative way, allowing me to truly be myself.” — Izzy

“My greatest benefit from CircusLab is my tumbling. I have improved so much in just the last 2 years that I have done CircusLab!” — Bailey

V: How Can I Get in CircusLab?

CircusLab training is at AcroSports. If I’ve encouraged you to try out, you can prepare something to show off your own specialties, but don’t worry if you can’t think of anything. Just come and try out. If you make it, you’ll want to choose your specialties wisely because you can’t do everything and you’ll probably want to, like me. Good Luck! See you there. 

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Additional information on auditions and our performance program here.

Emilio Lehmer Testimonial

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January, 5th 2018

Profession: Gymnast/Student ASU, 2016 U.S. tumbling bronze medalist

I worked at AcroSports coaching students for 3 years and attended gymnastics and tumbling classes for just under 10 years.

My specialty while at AcroSports was tumbling and boy’s gymnastics.

The things I like most about AcroSports is the fun and family-like environment. AcroSports is highly refreshing from the competitive scene.

The greatest benefits I have received from AcroSports was being able to work and train at AcroSports as well as stay fit. It was great and fun activity to do when I was younger.

AcroSports and the staff have helped me achieve my personal goals by giving me my first coaching job as well as giving me great references for my future endeavors. If it wasn’t for AcroSports I wouldn’t have started gymnastics as a youth.

 It was great to work with Dorrie, Jess, Carl, Elijah and Erin.

AcroSports would go the extra mile for me. They were always supportive about my training and coaching.  Everyone was always down to help me.

AcroSports is a great place to begin your training (especially if you are unsure if you want to go competitive), exercise, and meet new people.

If someone called me and told me they were considering training at AcroSports I would tell them to definitely take the opportunity. It is a great place to train, grow, and work. The staff at AcroSports are knowledgeable and AcroSports has a lot of class offerings to choose from.

Some of my favorite memories of AcroSports are having my birthday party celebrations there when I was younger, and attending summer camp was a lot of fun.