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.”