National Pre-selection Tour

This Fall, Montreal’s École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) embarked on a pre-selection tour in a cross-Canada quest for talented young people between the ages of 9 and 17. Thank you all for your participation!

Our jury visited a dozen cities including Calgary, Disraeli, Gatineau, Halifax, Hamilton, Montréal, Ottawa, 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. 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 is for the 2018 Pre-selection Tour is now over

Thank you for your participation! Pre-selected candidates will be contacted in early December, towards December 10th.

The Pre-selection Tour is now over

Thank you for your participation! Pre-selected candidates will be contacted in early December, around December 10th.

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

2019 Auditions
February 19th to 22nd, 2019 (for higer-education, DEC/DEE)
February 23rd, 2019 (for Circus and High School)

February 7th, 2019

February 8th, 2019

January 16th to 17th, 2019

Video Auditions 
before January 15th 2019
(international candidates and those living in remote areas)