National Pre-selection Tour

This Fall, Montreal’s École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) has embarked on a pre-selection tour in a cross-Canada quest for talented young people between the ages of 9 and 17. The tour is now over, participants will be contacted in December.

Our jury will visit a dozen cities including Calgary, Disraeli, Gatineau, Halifax, Hamilton, Montréal, Ottawa, Quebec, Sherbrooke, St-John's (NF), Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. 

Are circus, dance or acrobatic sports your passion? 

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 and to attend our open-house event. 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). There will be no assessment of any individual circus act performance. 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 for the 2019 Pre-selection Tour is now over

Thank you for your participation! Pre-selected candidates will be contacted by email in early December.

Preparatory program

Active and creative? Are you between 9 and 17?

Develop your potential in circus arts! With this extracurricular program of 13 hours of training per week. Registration all year long!

Learn more

Come visit the School

On Saturdays September 27 and November 16, 2019.


2020 Official Entrance Exam

For the Circus & High School studies and Higher Education programs.

Registration is now closed

Next school year begins : 
August 2020