École nationale de cirque
The École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) prepares circus artists for their professional careers. It offers a complete range of professional training in circus arts, from preparatory to High School and Circus Studies (DES) to college-level (DEC) programs. Also offered are three college diploma programs (AEC) for circus arts teachers. For now more than 35 years, it has played a crucial role in the development of circus arts in Canada and around the world. Having trained nearly 500 circus artists, among which many have garnered distinctions at prestigious world festivals, the institution has become a world reference in its sector. A leader of the circus renaissance in Canada and North America, the Montreal based school has also contributed to the emergence of several prominent circus companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize and The 7 Fingers.