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National Centre for Circus Arts

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National Centre for Circus Arts

About National Centre for Circus Arts

Based in a magnificent Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square, the National Centre for Circus Arts is one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education. Every year the school involves thousands of people in the creation and performance of circus arts.

The National Centre for Circus Arts’s diverse range of work includes the Foundation Degree, the UK’s only BA (Hons) Degree in Circus Arts and the Postgraduate Certificate.

The National Centre for Circus Arts is a founding member of the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC) and is involved in the development of Circus Arts training across Europe.

The outstanding facilities that the National Centre provides and the exceptional teachers who work there make for a supportive and stimulating environment in which to learn. The National Centre for Circus Arts recognises the importance of both technical prowess and performance ability; in order to ensure that these are developed equally regular physical training in a student’s chosen discipline is complemented by a wide range of performance experiences. Final year students have performed their ensemble show to thousands of people in front of the National Theatre.

The National Centre for Circus Arts joined the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in 2004.

Access for disabled people

The National Centre for Circus Arts welcomes applications from disabled people. The premises are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Places on courses are offered on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in any of the areas taught.

If you would like to discuss your access needs before applying, please contact the Admissions and Registry Manager, Joanna Gray, on 020 7613 8244 or email:

National Centre for Circus Arts
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The circus and me, or me and the Circus? Hard training, constant effort, pain, and at the end satisfaction and happiness. Circus is my body combined with my imagination and creativity.

Marcella Manzini
Circus Arts graduate

National Centre for Circus Arts Alumni

Natalie Reckert, Handbalancing (National Centre)

Nikki and JD, Hand to Hand (National Centre)

Augusts Dakteris, Aerial Straps (National Centre)

Simple Cypher (National Centre)

Alula, Cyr Wheel (National Centre)

Lucie LePoivre, Swinging Trapeze (National Centre)

Craig Reid, Hula Hoop (National Centre)

Lucas Boutin, Chinese Pole (National Centre)

Arron Sparks, Juggler (National Centre)

Collectif and Then… (National Centre)

So and So Circus (National Centre)

Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre)

Silver Lining (National Centre)

Acrojou (National Centre)

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