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How to Get into French Circus School: Lyon’s Free Preparatory Circus Course

In our new series titled Meet the Circus School, we will explore some of the many circus schools around the world. We hope to give our viewers an intimate look into each circus school we visit and to aid prospective students who are currently deciding between schools in their decision by giving them a chance to compare programs. In this edition, our correspondent Kirsty Bell visited Ecole de Cirque de Lyon, a two year preparatory school in Lyon, France. The school is often a first step for students heading into professional circus schools or into the professional circus world itself. Bell visits with the general coordinator Nadège Cunin, as well as the instructors and the students themselves to give us a feel for the program offered there.
Kirsty Bell
Performer, Costume Designer, Critic and Administrator -Scotland
As a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Kirsty Bell grew up surrounded by culture, but she really discovered the world of circus when a friend invited her to an aerial silks class… from that moment on she was hooked! Kirsty has witnessed first-hand almost every aspect of circus, having experience as a performer, costume designer, critic and administrator. In recent years Kirsty has taken part in the Circus Voices scheme at the Edinburgh Festival, writing for the Circus Dairies, and has been in charge of the development of the Club PRO and Demain’s Volunteers projects at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.
Main photo credit: Kirsty Bell

Kirsty Bell

As a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Kirsty Bell grew up surrounded by culture, but she really discovered the world of circus when a friend invited her to an aerial silks class… from that moment on she was hooked! Kirsty has witnessed first-hand almost every aspect of circus, having experience as a performer, costume designer, critic and administrator. In recent years Kirsty has taken part in the Circus Voices scheme at the Edinburgh Festival, writing for the Circus Dairies, and has been in charge of the development of the Club PRO and Demain’s Volunteers projects at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.