Thank you for visiting The Circus House, Manchester
The Circus House was founded by three circus performers with a wealth of teaching and training experience:
Together, we built The Circus House on three basic principles
Everyone is welcome at The Circus House, from beginners to professionals and everyone in between. We extend that welcome not only to circus communities but also to the communities of Greater Manchester and beyond.
We try our best to make our training facilities available and affordable to as many people as possible. Some of the ways we do this are by running taster sessions, one off workshops and offering storage space to professionals.
The Circus House is run solely for the benefit of the people that use it. All of our profits go back into the company to provide new equipment and better facilities so we can continually offer more to the people that use our services.
But we don't do it all alone.
We are a community.
And as a community we are supported by teachers, volunteers, families, members, visitors, professionals and organisations.
Here are some of the people that help us do what we do:
With more juggling tricks than you can shake a stick out, Pete teaches the manipulation of all sorts of objects to our youth circus groups and the adults when they ask. A keen yoga practitioner, Pete maintains a fluidity in his style and demeanour whether he is juggling clubs, contact balls, or knives.
With nine years teaching experience, including for her own company, Rock and Pole, Jo lends herself to The Circus House on Friday evenings to educate our silks students. A keen acrobat in the silks, Jo has enjoyed learning new ways to wrap herself up since she began training at Black & Blue in Liverpool.
An expert on a unicycle, and expert with a set of juggling balls, and an extraordinary fusion of both at the same time, Mill House is an experienced performer and teacher and frequently collaborates with The Circus House to bring wonderful experiences into the world with his unmatched charisma.
Our newest team-member has 10 years teaching experience in gymnastics and seven years coaching experience, including training competitors for international tournaments. He provided stunt advice for film and TV productions, and he gets on well with dogs.
A fitness trainer versed in parkour and Chinese internal kung fu, Andy uses his skills to help people improve the relationship they have with their bodies. Andy owns a training centre in Romiley and teaches parkour to our youth circus on Wednesdays at The Circus House.
With five years' dance training under his belt Brendan didn't take long making himself at home doing aerial circus arts. Now a competent performer on trapeze, silks, hoop and cloud swing, Brendan teaches our advanced trapeze students at The Circus House on Monday evenings.
Anything tied to anything at The Circus House needs a green light from Jojo before people can start swinging from it. An essential part of the framework here at The Circus House, Jojo makes sure all aerial equipment is rigged professionally and safely for our aerial acrobats.
With an ear for music and an eye for performance, Mike has been in charge of queuing the sound and lighting for many of The Circus House productions. He can sometimes be found on a trapeze or tangled up in a diablo, and DJs around Manchester as Mike E Freedom.
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A keen stilt walker and aerialist, Neil abandoned a career in law to do web design and circus performing full time. He now performs with The Circus House, helps with aerial teaching and is responsible for managing the website and social media.
With a background in social work and experience practicing meditative yoga, Ellie brings a valuable contribution to youth circus as well as trapeze lessons and community shows.
A former rock climber and social worker, Natalya found us after looking to run away and join the circus, and has since developed an impressive roster of skills as an aerialist and on the ground.
From a background in parkour and free running in the Netherlands, with increasingly strong acrobalance skills and a master's degree in Human Movement Science, Peter joins us to help teach acrobalance.