San Francisco's annual acroyoga festival
for beginners and advanced

March 13-15, 2020

Feedback from 2018 and 2019

2019 Schedule

Friday, March 15

5:00pm - 8:00pm - Landmark tour doing acro in-front of famous San Francisco landmarks. See blog for details:

Saturday, March 16

Session One 9:00-10:30am

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Beginner L-base popsSelysa LoveTaylored AcroThis goes into the finer points of what makes pops occur, how each person generates power, stability, grace, and a soft landing so you can keep doing them forever. This is a great choice for those who are looking to start pops, or for those who are looking to refine and really dial in their pops.Bird, throne, whale
2Intermediate L-base and standing reverse hand to handRoss AndersonJasmine RoseExploring entrances& exits to L-base RH2H + Standing RH2HL-base H2H 10 seconds
3Intermediate standing entrancesAriel MihicSerena TangLearn some fun entrances to unique standing acrobatic posesThigh stand, two high, standing tuck sit or front support
4Advanced front rotating icarianJoshua RomeoSara Musial RomeoTechnique, progressions, and spotting for front rotating icarian skills. The class will work through various pops and build up to icarian front tucks with students working at progressions within their skill level.Forward roll on floor, solid L-base bird, throne, star

Session Two 11:00-12:30pm

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Intermediate dance acrobaticsEric BloodMiyoko RifkinLearn 4-5 acrobatic dance combinations that get linked into a choreographed flow to music.None
2Intermediate standing flows with crocZac DienerAlex WitteHigh croc and more! Various entries and exits. Standing flows, as well as fun and challenging transitions to and from other standing tricks! We will focus on alignment and technique.Standing side star, standing high bird, familiarity with L-based croc.
3Intermediate Icarian FundamentalsLeyla LarkinJohn LarkinWorking on pops for a while and ready to really train Icarian? Check out all the tips and tricks we have learned over the years to train smarter and get better faster.6+ months of acro, comfortable base or fly: pop from bird to throne with hands & throne to reverse f2h

Session Three 1:30-3:00pm

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Beginner capoeira acrobaticsZach FishLearn basic to advanced acrobatics floor movements from capoeira. Also, some traditional partner flips from that discipline will be taught.None
2Beginner L-base washing machinesAriel MihicDaniela GuentherThere is a sequence of movements that start and end in the same position, which is called washing machine. There are many different washing machines. We'll explore some.Front plank, throne, side star, foot to hand, and star
3Intermediate counterbalancesSerena TangNatalie Brewster NguyenExplore creative counterbalances, handstands on all the things, and interchanging roles with similar-size players. Play with strange, sexy mounts, dismounts, and transitions.Supported handstand on ankles, thigh stands, cartwheel to straddle bat, 2 high
4Advanced standing cannonballsRyan Lee GibsonCannonballs to hand to hand and entrances to cannonball.

Session Four 3:30-5:00pm

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Beginner acrobatic spinning and juggling (*bring a prop)Zach FishLearn acrobatic movements that integrate well with any juggling or spinning prop. These movements can be done with hoops, juggling clubs, poi, staff. Also a fun all levels tumbling class for those who do not juggle or spin. Bring your own propNone
2Intermediate L-base pop whipsRoss AndersonJasmine RoseLinking icarian pops with different whips + learning to pop your whipsSwan Dive & Icarian bird to Throne, Throne to Bird
3Handstands on peopleSerena TangAndré NewmanExplore each other’s bodily ledges and put a handstand on it! We’ll be playing with wacky supported handstands and inversions on less traditional body parts.30 sec handstand against the wall supported handstand on base’s ankles (base supports shoulders or biceps)
4Advanced L-base russian rollsCharles GreenAlyssa ArroyoLearn drills, progressions and spotting for Russian Rolls30 second FTH for flier and base

Sunday, March 17

Session One 9:00-10:30am

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Beginner thai massageJ MilesAll welcome
2Beginner L-base flowMicki MooneyTad MerrellLearn a new l-base flow to add fluidity to your movementBird, throne, whale
3Intermediate group L-base and standingJosh Romeo, Sara MusialDanny Smith, Aniane SmithGetting high and low with a little help from your friends - Mixing and transitioning between L-base and standing acro with multiple partners.Solid L-base and standing foot-to-hand; Suggested hand-to-hand for more advanced progressions
4Advanced standing hand-to-handBrian Kincher-WinotoKina Kincher-WinotoThis class will get you beyond standing H2H - it’s only the beginning! Be ready to work hard and learn the technique for Yogi (seven), arch (Mexican or hollow back) and flag shapes. Bases and flyer will also learn their roles in getting to extended H2H.Standing H2H, preferably have done with more than one partner

Session Two 11:00-12:30pm

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Beginner clowningMolly Kate HolsingerShara TonnUsing play and physicality to build characters from the outside in.
2Intermediate standing dance liftsKraig N MeadAngela BryantDynamic dance lifts use momentum and tempo to launch a dancer. In this class we will explore how to use timing and tempo to create height and grace in your dance acro.Standing angel and butterfly
3Intermediate L-base and standing flowThe AcroSmithsDanny & Aniane SmithFlow Like Lava: A Standing & L Based Mixed Flow (Int+) We love to put together things that transition between L-Based and Standing Acrobatics. Sometimes its easy, but not this time. This flow is molten HOT, can you keep from melting?Standing High Bird. L Base shoulderstand
4Advanced L-base asymmetrical holds and isolationsKelly ThayerAnya TaraboulsyA flow Anya and Kelly created during a fun creative sess. We'd like to share this process with you. This flow includes new contact points, opportunities to take away contact points, and asymmetrical holds. It'll focus on body isolation, balance, and strengthening your transitions. We hope to inspire creative choreography and communication in your future L-Base jam sessions.Comfortable shoulder stand for 30 seconds, Needle for 3 seconds, 3 rounds of Regular Ninja Star, Straddle Bat step up to Star

Session Three 1:30-3:00pm

sClass TitleTeacher 1Teacher 2DescriptionPrerequisites
1Beginner massageJaimie HarrowNothing feels better than a well-placed elbow after a long day of acro! Come and learn from a Physical Therapist the best ways to take care of your partners. We'll explore the most essential muscles to release for bases and flyers and you'll learn techniques you can apply all over the body. No experience necessary.None
2Intermediate standing danceTad MerrellMicki MooneyLinking up familiar poses with dynamic and elegant transitions, you can spin your acro into a finely woven dance. We will be overhead popping and one footed show stopping by the time the curtain closes.Standing bird, 2-high box drill
3Beginner L-base needlesChristopher FilkinsKelly Thayer30 second handstand against the wall
4Advanced standing pitchingBrian Kincher-WinotoKina Kincher-WinotoDynamic standing acro is really just jumping and landing - with some fancy stuff in between. Let’s learn some dynamic skill that can be done safely and challenge those who are ready! Toe-pitch, boost, and reverse foot to hand will be covered.Comfortable jumping and landing with or without support. If you can comfortably jump from something as high as a picnic table, this class is perfect for you!

Open Jam 3:30-4:30pm

sClass Title
1Open Jam

What's included


90 minute sessions per day


Classes to choose from per time slot


Teacher-led classes!

Floor: handstands, counter balances, tumbling, juggling, yoga, dance, creative process, therapeutics

L base: icarian, flows, needles, pops, washing machines, whips

Standing: cheer, dance lifts, F2H, H2H, star, trios

Movement: stunting, how to fall safely, parkour, ninja, capoeira


AcroSF has one ticket type that admits you to everything including Friday landmark tour, Saturday classes, Saturday night performance, and Sunday classes.


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Kezae Pavilion, indoor sports arena built in 1924, San Francisco, learn more on our venue page.


Your ticket helps Lu Yi,
an American Circus Legend

Lu Yi is the official charity of AcroSF 2019. Lu Yi has trained some of the best circus performers in the world; now he needs our help. Lu Yi has Parkinson's disease, a cruel irony for a man who's dedicated his life to the art of human bodies doing superhuman feats.

Just a few of the teachers

Tad Merrell

Leyla and John Larkin


Ariel Mihic

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm travelling in, where do I stay?

There are many hotels nearby and Airbnb is very popular in it’s hometown in San Francisco. We have a housing/rideshare Facebook page ( where once you purchase your ticket, you are invited to connect in with participants from all over to collaborate on house rentals, rideshares, and travel. It's a great way to meet your future partners and build community. We've also written blogs about how to find free, inexpensive and ritzy places to stay in San Francisco (

Can I come without a Acro partner?

Yes, many will come alone, and many will come with a partner. We also wrote a blog on how to find a partner (

What if I've never practiced Acro or movement before?

Welcome! You’re in the same boat that I was in a few years ago. I went to my first festival, had a ball, and haven’t looked back. There’s an entire curriculum dedicated to beginner classes. Give the breadth of the curriculum, everyone at AcroSF is beginner at something. You will never be alone. We also wrote a blog on how to find a partner (

Do you offer group tickets?

Yes, for groups 15 and up.

What should I bring?

Here’s a gear list:

Comfortable non-slip clothing

Refillable water bottle (no glass please)

Dress in layers, sometimes you’ll be moving around a lot, sometimes you won’t

For outside, a jacket and sunglasses – San Francisco’s warmest month is August but it can be windy

Optional: Studio socks and a yoga mat cut in half for tight hamstrings

Can I do work trade?

We do and we're full. Thank you for your interest. Please buy a ticket and come to AcroSF!

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