Circus – Secondary Studies

The secondary  studies program is based on the student’s physical, artistic, and technical development.  Its goal is to enable the learning of fundamental abilities in basic disciplines of circus arts.


Goals :

  • Developing and consolidating the physical abilities and qualities that will allow for a better choice of a personal circus discipline.
  • Developing an artistic sense and learning how to use ones body as a means of expression and communication.
  • Learning how to work with different trainers and developing openness.
  • Developing autonomy, self-awareness, self-respect and respect of others as well as the capacity to work in a group.
  • To invest in one’s development.

Who is it for?

Students registered in the Art-études program at the secondary or high school level in one of the school mentioned below.

École de cirque de Québec upholds partnerships with  Cardinal-Roy and de la Seigneurie.

Training schedule:

  • Monday to Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for secondary levels 1 & 2.
  • Monday to Friday 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for secondary levels 3, 4 & 5.

Program duration:

1 to 5 years, 38 weeks per year.

Technical training:

All high school students get general circus training: floor acrobatics, trampoline, handstands and juggling. They will also have the opportunity to choose a specific circus discipline.

Artistic training:

On a weekly basis, high school levels 1 to 2 will follow courses to perfect their movements and high school levels 3, 4 & 5 will have dance and theatrical acting classes.


  • Workshops 
    Periodically, various workshops are offered during the school calendar. These workshops come in all forms. They are as much theoretical as hands on, and can also include research and creation sessions as well.
  • Public presentations
    Once a year in the month of December. They mostly happen in groups depending on each student’s discipline.
  • Annual show
    Presentation of a show with art direction, staging, artistic consultation, costumes, music, and décors. Usually happens at the end of the school year.


On the following elements:

  • Physical preparedness;
  • Attitude (openness, consistency, effort);
  • Circus techniques;
  • Artistic sensitivity.

Special activities

All year long, students benefit from opportunities offered by the school. Amoung these opportunities are show privileges, exchange opportunities, and special events to help further their skills.

Annual program fees

For the academic year 2018-2019*:

Sec. 1 & 2 : 2450$
Sec. 3, 4 & 5: 2800$ + tax

*Subject to change for 2019-2020.


  • Complete registration at Cardinal-Roy or De la Seigneurie high school.
  • Auditions are held on Novembre 17th, 2018 for high school years 1 to 2 and on March 7th-8th, 2019 for years 3, 4 and 5.
  • Audition standards : Physical conditioning, flexibility, circus techniques, presentation of a number and dance.
  • Registration are now done online on a Qidigo platform, so we invite all the parents and legal guardians concerned to read the instructions carefully (see below).
  • Deadlines for the 2018 year auditions will be November 10th 2018 for years 1 to 2 and Febuary 11th 2019 for years 3, 4 and 5.
  • Registration fees : $75 (no taxes) for children aged 14 years old and less (usually secondary 1 to 2) and $75 (plus taxes) for children aged 15 years old and over (usually secondary 3, 4 and 5).
  • For more infortmation, please email


For your Qidigo’s registration you will have to:

  • Upload a photo portrait on your child’s Qidigo’s profile*
  • Pay the registration fees ($75 with or without taxes depending on your child’s age) with a credit card
  • See all details about Qidigo and the auditions in the document below (Auditions details)

*Please note that your Qidigo profile only allows you to select a Canadian address. In order to complete it, you may use the Circus School of Quebec’s address, but make sure to write your full permanent address on your application form for the auditions.

Auditions detailsRegistration sec. 1 & 2Registration sec. 3, 4 & 5

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