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Teacher

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Teacher

How do you perfect being upside down?

Book a lesson with Sammy to master the art of handstands. He offers private lessons, online coaching, group classes and can be booked for workshops or events.

From recreational classes to training Olympic gymnasts and Premier League football coaches, Sammy has taught students across the world. He teaches the basics of a freestanding handstand while also training high-level circus artists to create and perform acts with various 1 arm and contorted handstands. He is a Mobility WOD trained coach who uniquely brings his experience as a Broadway performer to his teaching.

Sammy can help you develop the skills of a handstand, planche, muscle up, human flag, front and back levers. While you will be getting much stronger, he will also explore your full body’s ability to be as mobile as possible. Handstands are a full body workout; they can be the best body weight training as you learn to lift, hold and control your full weight. Handstands give you better awareness and understanding of your body, making you stronger all over with particular emphasis on the upper body, core, sides and shoulders, while working on your balance and proprioception.

Sammy teaches at The National Centre of Circus Arts where he has helped to develop the acrobatic curriculum for the next generation of acrobats and at Urban Kings Gym.

  • 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