About Us

“A team of teachers, technical staff, volunteers, friends, members and visitors make The Circus House an inspiring organisation of dedicated and caring individuals who put on a great show and brighten the streets and stages of Manchester and beyond.”
— Ben & Gisèle (Student and Parent)
 

Simple Values

Inclusive

Everyone is welcome at The Circus House. Beginners, professionals and everyone in between. We welcome all communities of Greater Manchester and extend our welcome to the international circus community.

Accessible

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.

Community

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. 

 

Team

We are a community organisation made up of the following teachers and technical staff

Alex

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Co-Director; Youth and Community Work and Performance

Sian

Co-Director; Aerial Acrobatics and Performance

Owen

Co-Director; Workshops and Performance

 

Pete

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Manipulation Teacher, Juggler and Contact Performer

With more juggling tricks than you can shake a stick at, Pete teaches manipulation of all sorts of objects to our youth circus groups. A keen yoga practitioner, Pete maintains fluidity and charisma whether he is juggling clubs, contact balls, or knives.

Tanya

Tanya - Aerial Silks - Circus

Aerial Acrobatics Teacher and Performer

A qualified sports rehabilitator who trains and performs within the circus and aerial community, Tanya has several UK aerial titles and teaches aerial hoop and silks. Tanya teaches flexibility workshops and organises external talent and our in house cabaret.

Neil

Neil Aerial and Tech

Marketer, Stilt Walker, Trape

Neil left a career in law to do digital design, photography and circus. He performs with The Circus House, helps with teaching and is responsible for the website, data protection and the digital side of the circus.

 

Chris

Tumbling Instructor

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. 

Mike

Mike Sound Tech

Sound Technician

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. 

 

Sophie

Peter

Pete Human Tower

Acrobalance Teacher

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.

 
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Aerial Acrobatics Teacher

Trained in-house, Sophie has excelled as a student and performer and as a valued member of our community Sophie now joins our team as an aerial teacher.