The Circus School was founded in 1999 by ex Circus artistes who wanted to pass on their skills and love of Circus to the local community, they also recognised the health and confidence benefits that Circus training could bring, specially to growing children.

The School became a Community interest company in May 2008

The Directors are:

Yuri & Tonya Gridneff, Ex circus and Variety artistes who have travelled the world with their speciality act. Since 1990 they concentrated their efforts in teaching Circus skills to children in Schools from Lands end to John O Groats. They now concentrate their efforts to the North West of England.

Jamie-Lee Coldham. First came to the attention of Yuri & Tonya at an after School club at Beacon High when JL was just 14. He went on the join the Circus School and has developed many skills.

Blackpool Circus School also has a registered charity that benefits the community. Charity number: 1099795

The trustees are:

Penelope Miriam Marshall-Kalina LLB (Hons) LLM(environmental Law)
John Topping: Deputy Head teacher at Bispham High School
Michael Barnfather: Chartered Accountant with Rawcliffe & Company
Karen Fishwick: Mother of one of our promising students


Allen McPherson
Yuri Gridneff
Tonya Gridneff
Roger Mireles


The Teachers

Yuri Gridneff
Tonya Gridneff
JL Coldham Tamara Beverley