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Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo

Full member

INAC is an international center dedicated exclusively to circus arts, based in the North of Portugal.

The Institute has two main missions: to train artists who have an multidisciplinary approach which can lead to the development and establishment of new artistic aesthetics; and to reach out to all audiences, spreading and implementing contemporary circus in Portugal, providing a new offer and enriching the current cultural panorama.

Traditionally, the circus is a "big family", and INAC is no exception. All of our projects are made with love for what we do, compassion, and a lot of hard work.

The building 

INAC classes run under a 3000m2 space, organized between: circus area, acrobatic area, dance and theatre studio, theoretical room, artistic residence space with  black box, photo and vídeo studio.

INAC is open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 21:00.

The projects 

Here are some of INAC projects: “Professional Circus Program”, “Preparatory Circus program”, “Circo de papel” (contemporary circus shows under a circus tent), “Circo por Todos” (Social project), “Artistic residences”, “Circo à noite” (regular circus classes from 3 years old), “Cupula Festival” (Circus Village Festival every year in September).

Curriculum offered

  1. Professional Circus Program
  2. Preparatory Circus Program
  3. Regular Circus Classes
  • Professional Circus Program:

INAC’s contemporary circus training program is aimed at stimulating and training young circus artists in a high technical and artistic level.

  • 2-year courses, with a total of 2800 hours.
  • September to June, from 9:00 to 17:30
  • 3300€ per year
  • Preparatory Circus Program

This is a course focused on the technical aspect of Circus, giving the students the tools needed for a healthy regurlar circus practice. Besides the circus techniques, there are the acrobatics disciplines and some of the artistic disciplines. The students work in a laboratory where they prepare a public presentation. At the end of the preparatory year, the students will be ready for auditioning the professional circus program at INAC or any other professional circus school.

  •  1-year course, with a total of 1400 hours.
  • September to June, from 9h00 to 17h30
  • 3300€ per year
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  • ©INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo


for both Professional and preparatory program

Entry requirements:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • A high school diploma or a higher education diploma (not mandatory)
  • Providing a medical certificate for sports activities

Selection procedure:

  • Physical fitness test (strength and flexibility)
  • Acrobatic Tests
  • Interpretation Workshop
  • Movement Workshop
  • Presentation of an individual act lasting a maximum of 3 minutes,
  • Individual interview

Every year, INAC offers one scolarship to one student, for the 2-year professional circus program.

More info: www.inac.com.pt


  • Acro duo
  • Acrobatic bicycle
  • Acrodance
  • Aerial Cradle
  • Aerial Hoop
  • Aerial Rope
  • Aerial Silk
  • Aerial multi-rope
  • Anatomy
  • Antipodism
  • Ballet
  • Bascule
  • Chinese pole
  • Circus history
  • Cloud swing
  • Contemporary Circus Aesthetics
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Cyr wheel
  • Dance trapeze
  • Flexibility
  • Free-ladder
  • German Wheel
  • Hand to hand
  • Handstand
  • Interpretation/theatre (all modules included)
  • Juggling
  • Physical Preparation
  • Production
  • Research and Laboratory
  • Rola-bola
  • Russian Bar
  • Slackrope
  • Solo Acrobatics
  • Static trapeze
  • Straps
  • Swing bike
  • Swing trapeze
  • Tightrope
  • Trampolines
  • Unicycle
  • Walking globe
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  • ©INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo

Learn more about this member


Director: André Borges ( General Director, International Relations)

+351 966 303 219

Artistic director: Bruno Machado ( General Director, Artistic Director )

Pedagogical Coordinator: Juliana Moura ( General Director, Pedagogical Coordinator)

Academic year


Teaching languages

Portuguese, English, Spanish


INAC – Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo


Lugar do Xisto

PAV. B33, B34, A24

4760-673 Ribeirão

Vila Nova de Famalicão


Founded in 2016

FEDEC member since 2017


  • ©INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo
  • ©INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo
  • ©INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo
  • ©INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo