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The goal of this program is to educate circus arts instructors. These instructors will be qualified to provide an initiation to various circus disciplines in the context of recreational activity. These instructors may also serve as educators in the social services arena, introducing young people at risk to the circus arts.
Circus arts instructors are able to find employment in many areas. These include: schools devoted to circus arts as recreational activity, municipal recreational facilities, day or vacation camps, or resorts that offer leisure activities. Instructors may also be called upon to animate after-school programs in educational facilities. Community and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which may also incorporate these arts as a form of social education, have occasion to call upon the services of circus arts instructors. The research have demonstrated the positive impacts on youngsters of the practice of circus arts, particularly in terms of motor skills, emotional resilience and self-confidence. Practicing circus reduces the differences between genders in terms of motor skills.
The École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) now offers an online version of the circus arts Instructor program in English. The program takes place over a period of 17 weeks. It consists of mostly virtual sessions along with a week of onsite training with the School's teachers in Montreal or another city depending on the session.
Upon graduating from the School, instructors may further their professional development by enrolling in the Trainer in Circus Arts program, receiving credit for the first 5 courses and their 90 hours work experience internship.
- Class Management (45 hours)
- Introduction to Circus Techniques (75 hours)
- Supervising the Creation and Production of a Performance (45 hours)
- Setting up and Striking Acrobatic Apparatus (45 hours)
- Lead a circus program in the context of social education (60 hours)
- Work Experience Internship (90 hours)
Online learning is made available through the Moodle platform used by many institutions of higher education. Students have access to a wide variety of learning tools: blogs, forums, video conferencing. Videos and other learning materials in PowerPoint or PDF format are accessible at all times. Students may access quiz-type tests to conduct self-assessment and verify their progress. A weekly meeting is held via video conference at a specified time with the teacher and all members of the virtual class.
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One week of training is planned. You can choose between both cities, either in Montreal (Canada) or in Dublin (Ireland). The live session serves to complete some learning and assess specific skills. (See the official session schedule for dates).
The Online Instructor program culminates with an internship to integrate what has been learned. Each student is responsible for finding the internship, either within his/her community or outside it, in organizations or institutions where the circus is practiced as a recreational activity. The student must also find and have approved by the School a circus arts trainer to serve as internship supervisor. The internship, that consists of 90 hours, should begin at week 11 of the course calendar.
The development of this online program was funded by the Québec Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science and by the bilateral Canada-Quebec and the Protocol for agreements for minority-language education and second-language instruction.The School extends its gratitute to the Cirque du Soleil for its contribution on the Social Circus course as well as sharing videos and guides that come from the Basic Techniques in Circus Arts document developed in conjunction with the School.
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Instructor graduates' testimonies
"My time in Montreal was fantastic! When I brought the activities and skills that I learned in Montreal back to my school I noticed that there was 100% engagement in the activity."
Andrew Woloshyn (Physical Educator, Alberta)
"Once the students feel they are in a safe environment and this can be attained, they are very easy to work with in an enjoyable environment."
Valerie Pratch (Physical Educator, British Columbia)
"I feel like I have better control over my classes, my leadership is stronger, student autonomy is developing, and my classes drain me less. I enjoy it more and take a lot more satisfaction from it now because of the skills I have developed over the last six months."
Lindsay Bellaire (Circus Coach, Ontario)