Education

National Circus School Foundation

Silks class with a student from the Circus and High School Studies program.

Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré

Aerial hoop student from the Diploma of Collegial Studies in circus arts higher education program.

Photo: Roland Lorente

Higher education program graduates’ show, Cyr wheel number.

Photo: Roland Lorente

Higher education program graduates’ show, hand-to-hand act.

Photo: Roland Lorente

The École nationale de cirque’s Studio Palestre.

Photo: Roland Lorente

Higher education program graduates’ show, juggling number.

Photo: Roland Lorente

Higher education program graduates in the ring at the end of the show at Tohu.

Photo: Roland Lorente

Acrobatics class for students in the Circus and High School Studies program.

Photo: Roland Lorente

Fostering the Passion of Performance

Who hasn’t dreamt of running away and joining the circus? Since 1981, there has been a place of higher learning in Montréal where joining the circus is more than a dream, it’s a passion fulfilled. The École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) is the only school of its type in North America, attracting students from across Canada and around the world. It has become the springboard for famed troupes such as the renowned Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize and The 7 Fingers.

The school has a staff of over 80 teachers, lecturers and guest artists, a unique group of specialists in circus disciplines, education, sports and the performing arts. All of these professionals are highly accomplished in their respective fields. The school has its own library, which possesses one of the most important collections of circus arts-related documentation open to the public in America. For students who are legal minors, the school offers, in a building adjacent to the school itself, 12 bedrooms available, each able to accommodate two to three students. In addition to providing convenient and secure housing, the school offers regular meals and supervised study groups at the residents’ disposal.

“Circus performance is a vibrant thread in Québec’s cultural fabric,” says Paul Genest, Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation. “Many circus companies that were founded in the province have gone on to international acclaim.”

When a company of Power Corporation’s stature actively supports the school we are able to encourage other companies to do the same, confident they will be in good company.
Éric Langlois
Executive Director
National Circus School

BY THE NUMBERS

150

students attend the school annually

15,000

circus arts-related items are available in the school’s library

80

people work at the school

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Website

ecolenationaledecirque.ca