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Study a wide range of circus skills


Learn practical skills for circus life


Gain extensive performance experience


Acquire valuable professional credit


Obtain Equity membership with liability insurance


Enjoy agency representation and job placement


Develop marketable acts to launch a career in the circus and variety entertainment industry!



About the ACA

The Academy of Circus Arts offers a unique continuing education opportunity for circus arts enthusiasts because we provide a genuine, real-world trouping experience!


The Academy tours the UK under a working big-top and performing at festivals, galas and holiday parks  each summer.  ACA students enjoy vital one-to-one training with the professional circus artists who are their instructors, with a student-teacher ratio never exceeding 3:1 our students log over 40 direct teacher training hours each week.


The Academy works with each student to chart an individualized course of study, geared to their specific abilities and personal passions. So whether your particular interests lay in traditional, contemporary or cabaret style performance, production management, circus education or social circus outreach, our tent is large and there is space for all!


Management & Staff

Martin Burton
Ann Dorwin
David Hibling

The Academy of Circus Arts was founded in 1993 by Martin “Zippo the Clown” Burton. Well-known internationally both as performing artiste and show director, he saw the great need for a circus course to teach the vocational trouping and life skills that are essential a successful touring circus career.

Returning Course Director, Ann Dorwin, is head of curriculum develoment and training at the school. A performing artist for  over 30 years, she has worked in traditional and contemporary circus, variety, sideshow, cabaret and television. A specialist in circus education, she has been involved with the Academy since 1996.

Renowned show director and ringmaster David Hibling acts as an Artistic Advisor to the Academy, while past Directors Greg Milstein, Blaze Birge and David Jones continue to contribute in an advisory capacity to the school. 

Our training instructors are professional circus artistes, chosen for their specialty skills and

experience in teaching a variety of performance and related disciplines.

Contact Us

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The Academy of Circus Arts
Circus Headquarters, Enborne, Newbury RG20 0LD
Tel: 07774 60 80 90
International Tel:
00 44 77 74 60 80 90
Email: acircusarts@gmail.com

The Academy of Circus Arts is a member of the

Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain