Regular Tutor: Jackie Leon Sysum
Jackie trained from an early age in gymnastics and dance and was a professional dancer before discovering circus. She performed with leading British circus companies Ra Ra Zoo, Circus Senso, Scarabeus and No Fit State as well as working in film, television and regularly with the Royal Opera Company. Whilst choreographing Cirque Surreal for the Gandey organisation in 1995 Jackie met Juan Carlos and formed Tuyo. Specialising in Hand to Hand Adagio they spent the next 15 years travelling all over the world as performers appearing in cabaret, variety, circus and corporate events. Career highlights included performing for the Queen at Windsor and for Prince Charles at both Buckingham Palace and Highgrove House.
Jackie was lead Acrobatic tutor for the central show at the Millennium Dome and worked for many years teaching on the BTEC and Degree programmes at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London. She taught tumbling to the young stars of Billy Elliott and was a circus tutor on Sky TV show “Cirque de Celebrité. As well as her work with Tuyo Circus Arts Jackie is currently a lecturer in Aerial and Acrobatic Skills on the University of Derby BA(hons) Dance Degree.