Founded in 1981, the National Circus School in Montreal, is a secondary and post-secondary graduate arts school dedicated to educating and training professional circus artists as well as research and innovation in circus arts and circus arts teaching.
Internationally renowned for its high standard of training, the ENC has over 150 students from Canada and around the world. The School’s artistic and teaching team is made up of 80 teachers, artistic advisors and guest artists, providing excellent coaching with a low student/teacher ratio. With large spaces suitable for every discipline and equipped with the safest equipment, the School provides a learning environment which is unique in the world.
The School offers a full vocational training cycle in Circus Arts, including preparatory training, the secondary Circus Studies programme and the higher training programme leading to the Diploma of Collegial Studies. It also trains professional instructors and trainers.
For more than 35 years now, the National Circus School has trained several hundred circus artists. The graduate employment rate is on average over 95%. Extremely versatile and proficient in their preferred discipline, these artists continue to grow on the national and international scene in a variety of production and performance networks.
Independent from circus companies, yet aware of their development as well as the career prospects of circus artists, the School has been able to participate in circus development in Quebec and Canada. The School is proud to have contributed to the emergence of most of the circus companies in Quebec, such as the Cirque du Soleil, the Cirque Éloize and Les 7 Doigts de la Main.
- Preparatory training: this programme is for youngsters between 9 and 17 years old who want to prepare for the secondary Circus Studies programme. Based on sound physical fitness and an introduction to the basic disciplines in circus and performing arts.
- Secondary School Diploma (DES): the secondary Circus Studies programme enables youngsters to undertake vocational circus arts training whilst pursuing their secondary education. Diploma awarded by the Quebec Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
- Diploma of Collegial Studies in Circus Arts (DEC): specific circus arts training programme combined with Quebec general collegial education. Diploma awarded by the Quebec Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Three year programme for Canadian and French students.
- Institution Diploma (DEE): specific circus arts training certified by a graduate diploma awarded by the National Circus School. Three year programme for foreign students.
- Initiator (180 hours), instructor (360 hours) and trainer (765 hours) training programme in Circus Arts. Collegial Studies Certificate awarded by the Quebec Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The School also offers an on-line version of the Circus Arts Instructor programme in French and in English.
Compulsory entrance examination for the different training programmes
To learn more about the specific admission process for each formation, consult our website:
General Director: Éric Langlois
Director of Studies: Daniela Arendasova
Creative director: Howard Richard
Director of Research and Teacher Training: Patrice Aubertin
Director of Communications: Christophe Rousseau
End of August – mid-June
Ecole Nationale de Cirque – ENC
8181, 2ème Avenue
Montreal (Québec) H1Z 4N9
Founded in 1981