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.

École de cirque de Québec upholds partnerships with  Cardinal-Royde la Seigneurie and Pointe-Lévy.

Training schedule:

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

Program duration:

1 to 5 years, 35 weeks per year.

Technical training:

Students from secondaries 1,2,3 get general circus training: floor acrobatics, trampoline, handstands and juggling. They will also have a choice of a personal discipline.

Those students from levels 4 and 5 will work on the disciplines of their choice.

Artistic training:

On a weekly basis, high school levels 1 to 3 will follow courses to perfect movement and the high school levels 4 and 5 will follow dance and theatrical courses.


  • 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. Seconadary 1, 2, and 3  : by discipline and in a group. Secondary 4 and 5 : to their discretion.
  • Annual show
    Presentation of a show with art direction, staging, artistic consultation, costumes, music, and décors.


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.

Special mention

École de cirque de Québec annually rewards students that best encompass the six values of the establishment: Creativity, openness, respect, autonomy, enthusiasm, and drive.


  • Auditions are held on Novembre 18th for secondaries 1 to 3 and on February, 26th and March 9th, 2018 for secondaries 4 and 5.
  • Audition standards : Physical conditioning, flexibility, circus techniques, presentation of a number and dance.
  • Initially, candidates must communicate with the registrar to establish their eligibility and to receive a registration form.
  • Deadlines for the 2017 year auditions will be Novembre, 10th for secondaries 1 to 3. And Febuary, 17th for secondaries 4 and 5.
  • Registration fees : $75 (secondary 1 to 3) and $85 (secondary 4 and 5). (Amounts liable to change)
  • Information and registration can be acquired via email at
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