North American Pre-Professional and Professional Programs, Intensives, Residencies
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Compiled by the AYCO Youth Advisory Committee! Are we missing something? Email yac@americanyouthcircus.org
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School nameACE Member?Program nameLocation
Program length
Application/registrationLive audition?Program cost
Age requirement
5-20 hours/week?
21-40 hours/week?
Financial aid available?
Other notes!
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Actor's GymnasiumYesPro Training ProgramEvanston, IL9 monthsApplication form & videono$9,500noXyes
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AloftYesProfessional ProgramChicago, IL1-2 yearsvideo, 2 letters of recommendation, application formyes$9,500/year noXno
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Altantic CirqueNoPre-Professional ProgramDartmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada)9 months$4,900/year17+
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Esh Circus ArtsYesAdult Summer IntensiveSommerville, MA1 monthOnline + videono$1,48016+Xx30 hours of volunteer work also required
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The Muse BrooklynNoRaising the Bar IntenstiveNew York, NY3 monthsOnline + videoif invited$500/monthX
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CircadiumYesCircadiumPhiladelphia, PA3 yearsapplication form & videoyes$15,000/year18+ XyesState-licensed vocational college
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San Francisco Circus Center
YesContortion IntensiveSan Francisco, CA1 moapplication form & videono$2,60017+noXMongolian Contortion
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Circus HarmonyYesPersonalized Pre-Professional ProgramSt. Louis, MOFlexibleemail circusday@circusharmony.orgnoby class: 15 week sessions are typically $300, private lessons are $75 per classnoflexibleflexibleyes – work study
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Circus LabNoArtist Prepatory ProgramLangley, BC (Canada)email info@thecircuslab.cavideo or liveX
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Circus WarehouseNoIntensive Professional ProgramNew York, NY3-6 months +application form + video/in-personvideo or livepay as you go ($880 for 4 weeks 10h/week)18+flexibleflexibleno
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The Circus ProjectYesELEMENTS Training CompanyPortland, OR9 monthsIn person or at-distance availableyes$5,95017+Xyes
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École Nationale de CirqueYesHigher education (DEC-DEE)Montreal, QC (Canada)3 yearsOnline + in personyes$50 application fee + $200 admission fee + $320 incidental fee + $8,125/year for international students (in CAD)18+XyesDegree-granting
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Esh Circus ArtsYesProfessional Preporatory ProgramSomerville, MA3+ monthsVideo + in-person interviewyes$395/month???X
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L'École de Cirque de QuébecNoAdvanced TrainingQuebec City, QC (Canada)3 yearsOnline yes$3,819.75/year + $76 audition fee (CAD)16+XnoDegree-granting
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L'École de Cirque de QuébecNoCircus Summer WorkshopsQuebec City, QC (Canada)2-6 weeksOnlineno
2 weeks: $958.54 (CAD)
4 weeks: $1782.11 (CAD)
6 weeks: $2500.71 (CAD)
18+Xno
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L'École de Cirque de QuébecNoCircus Winter WorkshopQuebec City, QC (Canada)6 weeksOnlineno$1724,63 (CAD)18+Xno
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Kinetic TheoryYesApprentice Mentorship ProgramLos Angelos, CAMust be accepted in Pre-Professional program$600/month16+Xyes
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MOTH Poetic CircusYesProfessional Apprentice ProgramDenver, CO9 monthsOnline + letters of recno$3,750noflexible
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New England Center for Circus ArtsYesProTrackBrattleboro, VT3 yearsOnline + videoyes$9,950/yearno (must have high school diploma or GED)xyes
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San Diego Circus CenterYesPreparatory ProgramSan Diego, CA9 monthOnline + video + letters of recno$5,40015-25 (potentially 24+)X
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San Diego Circus CenterYesPreparatory Program + Afternoon mastersSan Diego, CA9 monthOnline + video + letters of recno$8,10015-25 (potentially 24+)X
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School of Acrobatics and New Circus ArtsYesProfessional Preparatory ProgramSeattle, WA9 monthsOnline + video + letters of recno$9,750 + 30 application fee18-30Xno
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Toronto CircusNoCircus Intensive for the performance industry (2 weeks) Toronto, ON (Canada)2 weeksOnline + video + letters of recno
$850 (four weeks) or $525 (two weeks)
noX
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Toronto CircusNoCircus Intensive for the performance industry (4 weeks)Toronto, ON (Canada)4 weeksOnline + video + letters of recno
$975 (four weeks) or $615 (two weeks)
noXno
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Vertical FixNoPre-Professional ProgramPhoenix, AZ5 monthsIn personyes$2,50014+Xno
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Wise Fool New MexicoYesBUST!Santa Fe, NM6 weeksOnlineno$200-100016+XyesBUST! is open to those who self-identify as women, trans* or gender- non conforming
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