Workshops and skill teaching

Presenting an options series of circus, physical and dance skills workshops, classes and one to one sessions for all ages, abilities and environments.

Circus Skills Workshops

Learn ground based skills from juggling to diablo, hula hoop to fun plate spinning and many disciplines between.

Available as part of the Outdoor Touring show package.

Presented as a company team building exercise.

As an ice breaker at the opening of an event or interval attraction.

Corporate events scripted sales and lecture aid, which is also presented in a gameshow format.

As an event ‘Attention Grabber’.

“Developing hand to eye coordination, dexterity and focus, the whole experience not only bonds and develops skills, but also entertains, creating a truly memorable experience”


Van Buren Plate spinning workshops with Michelle Keegan and Alan Halsall


“A team building session with exceptional circus skills was delivered by the very talented team at the Philip Astley Centre.

We arrived expecting some practical activities and left with a real enthusiasm for juggling, the diabolo, plate spinning and hula-hooping.

The team had so much fun competing against one another, and the facilities were world-class.

We would definitely recommend to others!” – Fiona Hawkins FCIM – Plinkfizz Managing Director.

Focussed Teaching and Coaching

Andrew and Allyson are regularly engaged to advise and teach magic, illusion, escapology, circus skills for theatrical resident shows and touring productions, as well as for television and film projects.

Recent shows using this option include ‘Houdini’ The Play, ‘Barnum’ The Musical, Royal Shakespeare Company production of ‘Julius Caesar’, plus The New Vic Theatre plays ‘Roll Up’ and ‘Astley’s Astounding Adventures’.


Geared to different age groups from Reception and Year One, through school, to college, university and further education.

Andrew and Allyson run circus skills workshops combined with a choice of entertaining historic talks about ‘Philip Astley’, the ‘History of Circus’ and ‘A Lifetime in Showbusiness’.

“Learning mentally and physically at the same time”.

This format is regularly combined with focussed ‘Question and Answer’ sessions, proving particularly useful and of interest to Performing Arts students as a chance to ask and hear about Andrew and Allyson’s lifetime of experience, performing in all aspects of the entertainment industry from cruise ships to cabaret, West End theatre to television, film sets to corporate events, circus to raves and award ceremonies.

Also See Andrew Van Buren Lectures.



Allyson Ford Van Buren presents a series of dance, stage craft, hoop, exercise and body conditioning training sessions for all ages and abilities that work stand-alone or combined as part of the circus skills classes.

“Andrew, your skills, dexterity & sheer showmanship were superb, especially bearing in mind slightly cramped conditions! Thanks for a terrific evening.”

Jan Grover, Gorard Dean & Partners Ltd Design Consultants

Satisfied corporate clients include:

Cadbury’s – Schweppes – Camelot Lottery – World of Leather

Storagetec – Uno Furniture – Ariston – Amec – Brewers Fayre

Dunlop Heywood – Habitat – Senate – Royal Doulton – Lloyds TSB

Corporate Events Circus skills workshops

Further details contact Van Buren Organisation

Telephone +44 7775 865 204