Handbalancer, Acrobat and Circus Artist in London

Sammy Dinneen is a breath-taking professional handstand artist and one of the best and most technical handbalancers in the UK.

Who is Sammy? 

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.

Sammy’s Career 

His career has taken him all over the world and he has performed in shows including:

  • Batman Live: World Arena 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)
  • Throwback by Silver Lining

Sammy’s Acts

As well as performing in shows with established and well-renowned companies, Sammy performs his own solo acts worldwide. His acts range from traditional and controlled to upbeat and dynamic pieces while some of his performances are more slow and sensual.  This variety of acts mean Sammy’s performances will always fit the mood of the show or the event.

Sammy can also create bespoke acts to suit the style of your overall event, ensuring you have a night to remember.

Sammy is available to book for solo and duo handstands acts or for acrobatic circus group pieces.

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London Circus Acts

On the London cabaret scene, he can regularly be found performing at Café de Paris in their resident show Disco 54.

He can also be seen on occasion at the Crazy Coqs at The Zedel, Bunga Bunga and Circus Restaurant.

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Corporate Work

As well as booking Sammy as a solo or group circus entertainer, he is also available to curate circus shows for corporate events and can put together proposals including a variety of performers to fit any required brief.

Sammy has performed for clients including:

  • The Peligoni Club
  • Soho Farmhouse
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Eurostar
  • ITV
  • Paul Smith
  • The British Bank Awards
  • Ferrero Rocher
  • Facebook
  • Disney

Private Lessons

  • Whether you are a beginner, an aspiring handbalancer, a yogi wanting to perfect inversions or a fitness fanatic, Sammy can work with you on a one-to-one basis to help you master your aims and perfect your skills.

    Handstand training should be invigorating and energising so Sammy will help you have fun and find what works for your body.  There is no limit to what can be achieved with hard work and dedicated training.

    Private classes can be arranged at a time to suit you, online or in person.

    Contact Sammy to arrange your class

  • Group Classes

  • Sammy teaches drop-in group classes in Highgate.

    Saturday afternoons: 12pm – 1.30pm

    Classes take place at Jacksons Lane. Beginners welcome.

    If possible, please email in advance to reserve your place.

  • Online Group Classes

  • Want to do your training from home? Why not join Sammy for an online class?

    These HIIT style handstand classes include handstand drills against the wall, abs or hip flexor exercises for compression work along with a flexibility focus.

    The aim of the classes is to work on your strength and all you to develop your core, mobility and endurance from home.

    Tuesday – 6.30pm
    Wednesday – 12.30pm
    Thursday – 6.30pm

    30 minutes for only £10

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  • Press to Handstand Online Course

  • Make your press to handstand dreams a reality using Sammy’s step by step system. This is not just a one size fits all model. This is a course that caters to the individual body and provides a support network to motivate you along the way.

    In this 6-week exclusive course with limited places, Sammy will teach you the principals of how to press to handstand and the technique behind it, giving you the tools for working on the flexibility, mobility, compression, strength and balance. Plus the theory and pathway of where and how the body moves. If you put yourself in the right environment, you can achieve what you thought was impossible.

    Course includes:

    • A detailed assessment
    • Bespoke programmes
    • Group and private classes
    • Access to a private Facebook community group


    Contact Sammy for availability and to find out the start date for the next course

  • Beginners Handstand Assessment

  • Never done a handstand before but always been intrigued? Attempted an inversion in yoga but don’t really know how to go all the way?  Lacking in confidence and want to see if you have the ability?

    This beginners’ assessment will help you develop an understanding and awareness of how to do a handstand against the wall. Through this assessment, Sammy will be able to measure your flexibility (both active and passive), your strength and ensure you start developing this skill in a safe and healthy way.  You will be asked to record and photograph yourself doing various exercises and in various positions to enable Sammy to study your body, its limitations and its capabilities.

    Includes a bespoke assessment, a detailed report and a bespoke programme. The assessment, report and programme will be sent to you by email.  You will then be able to work through the programme in your own time, from your own home.



  • Press to Handstand Assessment

  • Have you been learning handstands for a while but are unable to master the press?

    A difficult but rewarding element of handstand practice is the elusive press which requires control, strength and discipline. Many handbalancers struggle for years to achieve this as they are unable to understand what is missing from their practice. While this won’t have you pressing immediately, it will give you the technique and understanding needed to start integrating these exercises into your daily practice. The assessment includes a detailed study of your strength and flexibility to enable Sammy to analyse your current ability and provide a report and programme that will have you working on flexibility, mobility, compression, strength and balance.

    Includes a bespoke assessment, a detailed report and a bespoke programme. The assessment, report and programme will be sent to you by email. You will then be able to work through the programme in your own time, from your own home.