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Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault

Full member

Roser Segura and Dominique Toutlemonde opened the school in 1994.

In 1998, the school wrote the official order for a pioneering course in partnership with the French Ministry of Education: the 1st cohort of pupils began their literary baccalaureate with Circus Arts as an option.

The circus arts specialty at ENCC is an initial training which is carried out under conditions still unique in France: it is entirely managed by a permanent staff composed of specialists in performing arts and extra hours financed by Culture, all this allowing students to consider their orientation in higher schools.

The ENCC educational project considers the student's singularity and promotes the development of his autonomy to lead him to find his own artistic path. It implements a multidisciplinary pedagogy with times of exploration while keeping in mind complete and flourishing circus excellence.

The ENCC also supports young companies in residency in order to remain part of the reality of a profession and of the present day.

In 2020, the ENCC (re)launches a 2-year competitive examination preparation course.

Training offered

Literary baccalaureate with Circus Arts option

  • 3 year course covering the three years of higher secondary education (lessons for the literary baccalaureate are delivered at the Lycée Marcelin Berthelot),
  • Level on completion: Literary baccalaureate with Circus Arts option.

CPES (Preparatory class for higher education)

  • 2 years after high school
  • Training approved by the Ministry of Culture

Residency support

  • For project in the spring
  • Duration of support depends on project
  • No end qualification
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Literary baccalaureate with Circus Arts option

Entry requirements: admission into 1st year of higher secondary education

Application process:

  • fill in the application form,
  • take part in a selection day.

Selection process for entering 1st year of higher secondary education:

  • School report,
  • Interview,
  • 5 circus workshops: acrobatics, balancing, dance, acting and physical fitness.

CPES (Preparatory class for higher education)

How to apply :

  • fill out an application form
  • provide a video of technical work
  • participate in a selection day

Selection procedure :

  • video of technical work
  • motivation interview
  • 6 circus workshops: physical preparation and flexibility, acrobatics and trampoline, balancing, dance, acting, circus specialty

Residency support

  • Application form to be completed (application on request),
  • The application is examined by the team,
  • Depending on the request and when possible, an individual project is proposed (loan of premises and/or set building and/or communication and/or further training, etc.).
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Disciplines taught

  • Acro dance
  • Aerial acrobatics
  • Aerial cradle - Korean cradle
  • Aerial straps
  • Bascule/Teeterboard
  • Chinese pole
  • Clowning
  • Equilibristics
  • Floor acrobatics
  • Flying trapeze
  • German wheel/Cyr wheel
  • Juggling - Object manipulation
  • Rope
  • Silks
  • Slackrope
  • Static trapeze
  • Swinging trapeze - Cloud swing
  • Tightrope
  • Trampoline
  • Unicycle
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Founded in 1994


  • Director: Carlos Vianna
  • Educational Director: Stéphanie Dubois-Blanchard

Academic year

  • Literary baccalaureate with Circus Arts option: from September to mid-July
  • Residency support: Call for residence between March and April for a reception in residence between August and November under the big top.

Training language

Standard French


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2, Allée de la Laïcité
86100 Châtellerault


+33 (0)5 49 85 81 81

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