Regular Tutor: Juan Carlos Leon Benitez
Juan Carlos was born in Cuba and was a member of the Cuban Gymnastics Team before going on to study at the National Circus School in Havana, specialising as an aerial and acrobatic catcher. He toured internationally with the Cuban State Circus before coming in the UK in 1995 for the National Tour of Cirque Surreal. He met Jackie and they formed "Tuyo". Specialising in hand to hand acrobatics, adagio and aerial work Juan Carlos and Jackie spent 15 years travelling all over the world as performers.
Juan Carlos features in the movies "Batman-The Return","Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"and "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" and has also appeared in numerous TV commercials and pop videos.
Teaching experience includes the BA(hons) degree and BTEC programmes at the National Centre for Circus Arts, The Central Show at the Millennium Dome, The "Flying Dragon" Circus project in Beijing, Cirque de Celebrité for Sky TV, The Broadway production of Billy Elliott, The Generating Company, The Royal Opera House, Greentop Circus in Performance course as well as many master classes at Circus Centres around the UK.