East Sussex School of Circus Arts

ESSCA is an international school, offering training courses dedicated exclusively to circus arts. Based in Hailsham, East Sussex, we offer a Full Vocational Course, of highly physical/technical training through acrobatics, dance, acting and performance, combined with circus arts.
We also provide afternoon classes after school hours. For more information please below at the timetable.

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Our Story


Circus school runs during term time to teach children of all ages, and adults too, a wide range of circus performance skills including acrobatics and aerial skills using a trapeze, hoop, silks, ropes, etc. These classes are a great alternative to traditional sports as they allow children and young people to build confidence while increasing their strength, fitness and flexibility as well as socialising with other students in a fun and supportive environment.

For adults, it’s an interesting alternative form of exercise which could lead to discovering a new skill and even open the door to new opportunities. Because our school is attached to our entertainment agency, adults who discover a talent for circus skills can find work opportunities with us as professional performers.

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Get fit & flexible through circus training in acrobatics, static trapeze, silks, hoop, rope, nets, straps, and more.


What People are Saying

Really enjoyed our FRF workshop, amazing fun, can’t wait to have another go

Stacey Lovick

Great team of instructors, so much fun and so supportive If you haven’t tried Acting Moon Academy you’re missing out, such a great way to get fit and learn new skills. You guys rock! ”

Paula Marie

Amazing workshop at Full Range Fitness last night. Renato, Marco and Maria from Acting Moon Academy helped our clients learn to fly! From absolute begginers to advanced these guys helped everyone learn new things on the Silks and Trapeze! Amazing evening, thankyou again!

Laura Southam

Acting Moon Academy is an incredible circus school. The teaching is of exceptional experience and quality; professional, confidence giving and always fun. Whether you are new to circus, or an artist looking to develop and train, Acting Moon Academy will provide. I come away from every class knowing that I have learnt, achieved, progressed and refined my skills as an artist.”

Emily Prior-Willeard

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Our News And Events

Keep up to date with the latest and greatest news from the team and upcoming events.

Upcoming Event: The Wizard Of Oz

Upcoming Event: The Wizard Of Oz

East Sussex School Of Circus Arts will be holding a 5 day event from the 27th-31st July 2022: The Wizard Of Oz! Follow the Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto this summer down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City in search of a way back home...

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Escola de Circo – 3 months internship

Escola de Circo – 3 months internship

Great News! East Sussex School of Circus Arts has partnered with Escola de Circo do Chapitô  circus school for a 3 months internship fully funded on top of our Diploma.  ESSCA selected students will be able to travel to this Circus School in Portugal in January to...

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16-24 Government Funded Course

16-24 Government Funded Course

East Sussex School Of Circus Arts are proud to announce a government funded 12 week course in Circus & Performing Arts for those aged 16-24. The course will provide a foundation in circus techniques and skills under an intensive fitness regime. The course is FREE...

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