Bernard Turin inspired the creation of ENACR , which grew from the will of a group of passionate people supported by the city council of Rosny-sous-Bois. The current president is  José Manuel Gonçalves, director of the CentQuatre (artistic institution of the Ville de Paris).

ENACR has been developing circus courses for amateurs since 1983, and for professionals since 1991. The professional course leads (over two years) to a state diploma unique in Europe: the Brevet Artistique des Techniques du Cirque (Circus Techniques Artistic Certificate). This course, open to young people wishing to become circus artists, is currently being revised to become a three-year course – with a probationary year – leading to a higher education degree diploma: the DNSP circus artist. The aim is to provide students with high-level technical and artistic skills and team spirit.

They soon discover the demands of the circus in terms of working as a group with an artistic team, rigour, autonomy, managment of circus  equipment and safety. Students are also involved in professional situations, in and outside the school, and in at least one international project.

ENACR is also a place for children (aged 4 and above) and adults to learn and practice as amateurs. It enables generations to meet each other; it develops exchanges, interactions and collaborations supported by the professional training team. One of E.N.A.C.R.’s objectives is to create a good “performer-spectator” dynamic.

ENACR’s principal partners are the City of Rosny-sous-Bois, the Ministry of Culture (Artistic Creation Directorate), the Seine-Saint-Denis General Council and the Ile-de-France Regional Council.




A diploma course in two years (about 1200hrs/year) offering a transdisciplinary education (circus but also dance, theater, vocal work, scenography ...). This training is an excellent preparation for French and international higher education schools; it also allows integration into professional life after the two years.
Change in 2019: Applications will occur only once every two years.

At the end of this preparatory years, students may apply to entrance examinations in schools offering higher education trainings.

It is thus possible, but not necessary, to apply for the common course ENACR/CNAC, consisting in a three-year program leading to a Higher National Vocational Diploma for Circus Artists (level II diploma). 


  • Scheme of the ENACR / CNAC course

Year 1 : DSNP 1 or Higher National Vocational Diploma 1 (ENACR)/ admission through selection process

Year 2 : DSNP 2 or Higher National Vocational Diploma 2 (CNAC)

Year 3 : DSNP 3 or Higher National Vocational Diploma 3 + three-month professional integration (CNAC)

Succeeding in ENACR’s first two years (APS and DNSP1) allows the student to get a BATC (Circus Techniques Artistic Certificate). This level IV diploma, awarded jointly by the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Culture and Communication, is recognised throughout Europe as a high-school graduation diploma (French baccalauréat level). 

CNAC and ENACR have built a three-year common educational track, in collaboration with the Unit of Training and Research for Arts of the Jules Verne University in Amiens. This course allows the awarding of a Circus Artist Higher Vocational Diploma (level II) and the possibility of obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts, with a specialisation in Circus Arts. The latter is being issued by Jules Verne Picardie University. This process comes within the scope of the European plan for higher education (Bologna’s Process).


The conception of an artistic training takes into account the profession’s practice conditions, as defined by the BATC and the DNSP for Circus Artists, and depends on the goal it wants to achieve according to the art it is serving.

Considering a circus show as a work of art implies significant training. The educational project, conceived by CNAC and ENACR, translates this artistic choice. Its objective is to lead students towards a meaningful circus of creation that acknowledges the era it evolves in.

This course aims to shape creative performers, thinking artists that will be able to use their art, their artistic personality, and their skills to serve someone’s else project: a circus director, a theatre director, a choreographer, a movie director, a musician, or a performer. Students who want to engage in the path of the author and who have a research project will be assisted during the second period of the professional integration.

  • Be in between 17 and 22 years old
  • Have passed your first year of high school, or other, foreign equivalent
  • Have a defined specialisation, isolated bases and isolated flyers are welcome
  • Have a good physical condition, basics in acrobatics, notions in acting, physical rhythm and dance, and be familiar with the stage space.

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