Sammy Dinneen is a professional handstand artist and one of the best and most technical handbalancers in the UK. Sammy trained at The National Centre for Circus Arts (the UK's national circus school) for three years, specialising in handstands while also achieving a high level of skills in acrobatics and other circus disciplines. After this, Sammy travelled to the Ukraine where he worked with some of the top handbalancers in the world to perfect his art.
His career has taken him all over the world and he has performed in shows including Batman Live: The World Tour, Traces by The 7 Fingers where seven performers never leave the stage, Tony award-winning Pippin: US Tour, Filament (Top 10 best-selling shows of Adelaide Fringe 2017) and Throwback by Silver Lining.
As well as performing in shows such as these, Sammy performs his own solo acts across the UK. He can regularly be found performing in Disco 54 at Café de Paris – an amazing mix of cabaret and circus with an incredible upbeat disco feel.
Sammy is also available to curate circus shows for corporate events and can put together proposals to fit any required brief.
I have worked with Sammy on handstands for a few years and gone from barely being able to kick up, to being able to independently hold and balance a handstand. Every achievement no matter how small is celebrated and just makes you feel amazing. You will become addicted to handstands.
— Rebecca, handstand student
Sammy is an extraordinary teacher: he has something for every level. Most importantly, he is kind and understanding with a chilled and yet super positive energy so you will always want to turn up and do your best.
— Kristina, handstand student
“Dinneen, perhaps the most technically accomplished performer of all six, showed a beautiful and impressive series of hand-balances. His particularly beautiful torso, silhouetted in the low-lighting, drew much appreciation from the female portion of the crowd.”
— A Younger Theatre
“…enhanced by the first rate circus skills of heart-stealing hand-balancer Sammy Dinneen.”
- 21st Century Burlesque
“Sammy explained the techniques and mechanics in such a clear way. I’ve trained all over the world and, out of everyone I’ve worked with, he is HANDS DOWN the best coach.”
— London-based student