By Daniel Thomas, Marketing, ESSCA; Photography by Neil Garett

The East Sussex School Of Circus Arts (ESSCA) held its most recent Graduation Day and it was an event filled with excitement and awe.

ESSCA’s Graduation Day marked the culmination of 12 weeks of hard work and training of their 8 Diploma students’.

All 8 of the students that graduated performed their final routines on the day in-front of a large panel of judges, as well as guests from around the South East. The panel of judges included, Alex Proud, Director and Founder of Proud Group, Jessica Talbot-Smith, Show Director of Proud Group, Ivor Guest, Forth Viscount Wimborne, Emmy and Grammy nominated Music Composer, Charmaine Davies, Actress/Comedian, and Paul Holbrook, Cllr Mayor of Hailsham.

All the judges were amazed by the talent and courage that the graduates presented. “It’s astonishing what they have achieved in just 12 weeks”, said Alex Proud. The Principal, Renato Pires, also added “I am very proud of my students, having watched them grow from beginners into confident skilled performers”. The 8 graduates included: Abbie Garlic, Abubakar Salum Saidi, Angela Silva, Fabio Gonçalves, Katrina Brennan-Wright, Kelly Trincāo, Nassor Said Abdalla and Solange Carvalho. At the end of the day 50% of the graduates were hired after their performances.

If you are interested in completing a Circus Diploma Course and graduating yourself, The East Sussex School Of Circus Arts will be running their Vocational Diploma Course again from March-May 2023, of which is applicable to free funding. For more information please visit or call 01323 325957.