Opening for the auditions registration – November 1st, 2022
Application deadline – February 15th, 2023

Description of the program.

The Circus Arts program at l’École de cirque de Québec is designed to allow students to acquire the qualities that are essential to the profession of circus artist, such as autonomy, a sense of responsibility and the ability to adapt. It also allows future circus artists to develop a self-awareness that enables them to make artistic and technical choices and to recognize and choose the work contexts that suit them best.

The program is centered on the student, their development, and has a fundamental and progressive quality.

Our Circus Arts program places as much emphasis on understanding the world of the circus as on practicing the multifaceted disciplines involved, and does so from an artistic, entrepreneurial, and social perspective. Finally, it allows the student to develop as an individual and to invest in the field in a responsible and creative manner.


L’École de cirque de Québec provides specific circus training including theoretical courses related to training and the profession of circus artist.

Candidates wishing to apply must be in excellent physical condition, have a good experience of regular training and must have developed a skill in a circus discipline.

All applicants must complete the auditions to be accepted into one of the school’s training programs.

If you wish to enroll in the DEC program at the École de cirque de Québec, you must first complete an application for admission via the Service régional d’admission au collégial du Québec (SRACQ) website. Students applying to this program must understand that they will be attending two different institutions located within a ten-minute walk of each other.

For all information concerning the DEC application via the SRACQ website for french speaking students, please contact the individual pedagogical assistant (API), Mrs. Céline Rodrigue, at Cégep Limoilou – Campus Québec.

Ms Céline Rodrigue
[email protected]
(418) 647-6600 poste 6590

For the international students, follow this link :

For information about registering for the ÉCQ auditions, contact [email protected] 

Once your application to SRACQ is complete, you can submit your application to the audition process of the École de cirque de Québec.


In person auditions:

  • February 20-21*
  • March 2-3*
  • Registration deadline: February 15, 2023

*The school will assign you your audition date when you register

Video auditions:

  • Registration deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Deadline for sending the video: February 22, 2023

Video auditions:

  • Registration deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Deadline for sending the video: February 22, 2023


You will have to choose and audition in a main discipline* that you wish to work on throughout your studies at the École de cirque de Québec. The discipline chosen for the technical evaluation and for the short number presented during the audition must be your main discipline.

*Main disciplines taught at the ECQ :

Aerials and duo aerials (trapeze, dance trapeze, aerial hoop, rope, fabric, straps), Chinese rings, Russian bar, Aerial cradle, Korean cradle, Slack rope, Handstand, Tight wire, Hula hoop, icarian, Juggling – object manipulation, Hand to hand, Chinese pole, Unicycle, Board (Korean, Hungarian), German wheel, Cyr wheel, Tramp-wall, Acrobatic bike

During the auditions (face-to-face and video) you will be evaluated on your knowledge, skills and physical qualities in the chosen discipline, the basic techniques and in the following artistic techniques:

  1. Technical evaluation in the main discipline chosen
  2. Physical fitness
  3. Acrobatics
  4. Hand Balancing
  5. Flexibility (passive and active)
  6. Dance
  7. Theatrical acting
  8. Presentation of the number*.
          *It is important to respect the time allotted for your number, i.e. 2 to 3 minutes maximum in your main discipline.
          *Duo/trio disciplines: Any person wishing to perform a duet discipline (e.g. hand to hand) must be accompanied by his or her partner in the number presented and                  both persons must register with the ÉCQ. Each member of the group must submit an individual application.
          *For the music of your number, please make sure to have it with you during the auditions in MP3 format on a USB key.


If you have any questions, please contactus at: [email protected]


Please note that even if you are auditioning by video, you must complete your online registration and pay the audition fees before the February 15 2023, deadline.

Following your registration on Qidigo, you will receive a confirmation email containing the guides for the video and technical evaluation for your main discipline.

The link for your video must be sent by email and your video must be submitted via the YouTube* platform by February 22, 2023. In addition, your video must include all of the elements listed in the document you will receive via email.

Email your video link to: [email protected]

General guidelines for the video audition

  • Clothing must fit snugly.
  • The introduction to your video recording must include a short (30 second) verbal introduction of yourself (last name, first name, discipline, etc.).
          *If you have copyright issues with the music you used in your video, please send us your video via Wetransfer:


Create a Qidigo profile.
  1. Upload your profile picture (high quality, face clearly visible)
  2. Fill out the registration form about your previous training, your discipline, your injuries, your motivations, etc.
  3. Pay the registration fee (75$ CAD +taxes) only by credit card via the Qidigo platform
  4. Following the analysis of your application, you will receive a confirmation of registration within 72 hours of its completion.
  • If you are auditioning in person, a more detailed schedule and procedure for the audition days will be sent to you closer to the date.
  • If you are auditioning by video, you will receive the details attached to the audition registration confirmation email.
          * Please note that your Qidigo profile only allows you to select a Canadian address when creating your profile. You can use the address of the École de cirque de                         Québec to complete your profile. However, it is important that your complete permanent address be entered in the audition application form.
          * Please check your emails often and don’t forget to check
your junk mail.

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