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Since its creation in 1985, the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) has had a prominent place in the contemporary circus scene, both nationally and internationally.
The CNAC trains numerous circus artists who participate in the renewal of the aesthetics of the performing arts. It provides continuing education responses to the evolution of professional practices and generates resources and supports research for the circus sector.
Since her appointment as a Director in January 2022, Peggy Donck is ushering in a new era for this historic institution by affirming its singularity, its power of action and its ability to accompany the transformations of the professional ecosystem.
A 3-year diploma course which evolves: DNSP-AC (bac + 3)
The Centre national des arts du cirque (CNAC) offers a 3-year training program leading to the Diplôme national supérieur professionnel d'artiste de cirque-DNSP-AC (level 6 diploma, Bac +3). The CNAC trains the artists of tomorrow, performers, authors and directors, who are renewing the aesthetics of the circus and the contemporary show.
The pedagogical goal of the CNAC's training is to prepare students to become circus artists by giving them the tools that will allow them to integrate and evolve in the professional and artistic world, face the challenges of a changing society, and affirm their artistic identities forged with their sensibilities and their views on the world.
The CNAC's pedagogical project is collective, and carried out primarily by the teaching team in conjunction with :
Training towards professionalization
Throughout the curriculum, the CNAC facilitates and implements measures to prepare students for various professional situations.
For more information, please contact the school's team and the professional integration department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CNAC offers to the circus arts professional sector (and, more broadly, the performing arts sector), a continuum between initial training and professional life (lifelong learning in the European scheme).
The offer of training and service fosters the development, the update or the perfecting of skills and knowledge, and makes it possible to obtain a qualification, build a professional project (artistic, technical, pedagogical, etc.), accompany a reconversion, or validate professional experience.
For more information, contact the Lifelong Learning team: email@example.com.
The CNAC has a resource and research center, a pole associated with the Bibliothèque nationale de France / BnF, which hosts a very rich collection on the circus arts and, more generally, on the performing arts. The resource center is open every day of the week and welcomes students, researchers and curious ones.
From end of August to mid-July.
French (standard or elementary)
Centre National des Arts du Cirque – CNAC
1 bis avenue Maréchal Leclerc
51000 Châlons en Champagne
Founded in 1985
FEDEC member since 1998
Connecting circus students around the world