National Pre-selection Tour

This Fall, Montreal’s École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) embarks on a pre-selection tour in a cross-Canada quest for talented young people between the ages of 9 and 17. Our jury will visit several cities in November 2018!

Our jury will visit  a dozen cities including St-John's (NF), Ottawa, Disraeli, Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal (see registration form below). Other stops will be announced soon for Calgary, Gatineau, Sherbrooke and Québec. Stay tuned!

The pre-selection tour is an opportunity for young people to have their potential evaluated and to meet the School's teachers, while also learning more about the programs and the life of a circus artist. 

The shortlisted candidates are invited to the official Entrance Exam in February or as part of summer camps to complete the admissions process.

Please note that it is not mandatory to participate in the pre-selection tour in order to register for the summer camps. For more information about the summer camps, click here

*Free activity


Participation criteria

  • Be between 9 and 17 years of age
  • Be Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Be interested in the higher education in circus arts

During the tour the School's teaching staff will hold workshops, with exercises designed to assess the aspiring circus artists' calibre and potential to integrate into the School's programs. In particular, they will be tested for spatial orientation, coordination, flexibility, strength, stage presence (acting ability), movement and musicality (dance). In addition to this opportunity to be evaluated by circus arts professionals, young aspirants will attend a briefing on the School's training programs and learn more about the career of a circus performer. Once pre-selected, candidates may register for the official Entrance Examination in February or for one of the summer camps to complete the admission process.


Registration is open for the 2018 Pre-selection Tour in Montreal and St-John's (NF).

Registration open for St-John's (NF), Ottawa, Disraeli, Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal. Stay tuned, more stops to be announced soon! 

Please only fill in the form once. A confirmation email will be sent a few days prior to the event with all the useful information and location. 

Please clarify (which discipline or sport, for example).
Please specify how many years of practice you have for each of the activities mentioned above. Simply write '0' if you have never practiced circus, dance, theater or an acrobatic sport.
Please specify how many hours per week you have been practicing for each of the activities mentioned above. Simply write '0' if you have never practiced circus, dance, theater or an acrobatic sport.

Registration is open for Montreal and St-John's

Fill in the form in the at the bottom of this webpage


And also more!

Student for a Day Contest

Do you want to go « totally circus » for a day at the School?
Enter the contest! Register online before October 31st

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Open-house : on Saturdays September 29th and November 17th

Come visit the School, meet the staff and students and much more!

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