Handstand, Specialisation 1 - course

Handstand, Specialisation 1 - Course

This circus course is for you who wish to develop your technique and artistic skills in handstand.

This course is an opportunity to develop your abilities in handstand in an inspiring environment. During your studies you will meet with a teacher on a daily basis.

Course structure

We offer five specialisation courses in handstand at SKH. If this is your first time applying to the courses, we recommend that you apply to Handstand, specialisation 1.

For each course, there are higher demands in the respective syllabus, but you who start course 1 with a very high skill level will still need to work as hard as everyone else. Your tutoring will start from your current skill level regardless of whether you start on Course 1 or Course 5.

You will not end up in a group with more advanced students if you apply for a later course. All students from all five courses are mixed together in groups of mixed levels.


Teacher Alexander "Sasha" Gavrilov, assistant professor of circus at Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH). Sasha Gavrilov has a wealth of experience as a handstand artist and acrobat. He has taught circus for over 20 years in Moscow, with Cirkuspiloterna and Cirkus Cirkör, and at SKH.

Photo: Einar Kling-Odencrants

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    The course starts 23 October 2023 and runs for five weeks.

    During the course, you will meet the teacher on a daily basis. You will have a handstand session per day as a group. In addition, you will have an individual meeting with the teacher to establish a plan of action that is particular to your own development.

    As a student in this course, you will have access to our space and studios for continued work in handstand on your own or together with the others in the course during the period of the course.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies in the first cycle with the exemption of Swedish 1,2,3 and English 6

    Specific entry requirement:

    • 7,5 credits from university studies in circus or the equivalent

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    You need to have a strong base technique in handstand and want to develop technicaly as well as artistically within the field of circus.

    The course also requires you to work both independently and in group settings.

  • How to apply

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    Apply to the course via universityadmissions.se

    You apply to the course in two steps

    1. Apply to the course via universityadmissions.se
      Last day for application: 17 April 2023
      Please note! Choose “Autum 2023” for your search!

      Please note that you need to submit supporting documents showing that you meet the general entry requirements via universityadmissions.se under My pages/Documents/Upload documents.
      Last day to submit supporting documentation: 2 May 2023
    2. Submit your worksample via Varbi (according to instructions below)

      Last day to submit worksamples to be part of the selection: 17 April 2023

    Important dates for your application 

    - Last day for applications: 17 April 2023
    Please note! Choose “Autumn 2023” for your search!

    - Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees: 2 May 2023 (read more under Application and tuition fees below)

    Admission results: Published on My pages on universityadmissions.se 12 July 2023.

    - Last day to reply to possible course offer: 21 July 2023.

    Instructions for work samples

    You need to submit the following work samples via Varbi in order to be part of the selection to this course:

    1. Letter of motivation A short description of your motivations to participate in the course. Max 2000 characters including blanks (about half an A4).
    2. Your CV List your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.
    3. Video clip A video where you show your skills in handstand. Max 3 min and 150 Mbit. Use Mp4, mov or avi. Include the following: 
    • footage where you demonstrate how well you control base techniques for press to handstand, 
    • footage of at least one handstand seen from the side to show your line of balance,
    • footage of other positions and techniques that you want to show.

    Read more here about reduce video size and What is Bitrate.

    Proceed as follow to upload work samples via Varbi:

    1. Register by providing name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in you contact information.
    3. Please note! Fill in the application number you received when submitting your application to the course via universityadmissions.se.
    4. Submit the requested documents/files.
    5. Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    Confirmation that you have submitted your work samples via Varbi

    When you've submitted your work samples you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, you should first check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact Varbi's technical support.

    E-mail: support@varbi.com 
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection is based on the submitted documentation from eligible applicants.

    The assessment of your worksample is based on the following criteria: 

    • your ability to control base techniques for press to handstand, 
    • your ability to line of balance,
    • your ability to clarity and creativity in other positions and techniques that you show.
  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. SKH has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date forpaying the tuition fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 67 500 SEK.

    Read more about tuition fees and how to pay to SKH.