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The Circus Arc; My Time So Far at Circus School in France

The main circus hall of Arc En Cirque resembles the hull of a boat turned upside down – it’s ceiling curved, with wood and steel panels arcing overhead. One Sunday morning in April, I entered this room with 25 other perspective students to audition for their preparatory program, the second group to audition that weekend. Lo and behold, I was accepted by email a few days after.
This, however, is not an article about how to get in to circus school. I could write a listicle with hot tips, telling you what to wear and what kind of number to prepare. Those articles already exist and there is truth therein – go and read them. But as someone who spent three years trying to get into school in four different countries, let me share the advice given to me by the current director of my school: There really is no good way to prepare perfectly to be accepted by any given school. If you form yourself specifically to what one school wants, you close yourself off to others that might look for completely different qualities in a student. Instead, focus on practicing skills that make you well rounded and better at what you do in general. Giving yourself a strong foundation shows a school you’re rea...
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Ivy Blake

Ivy Blake is an American wire walker, dancer, and acrobat from New England. With a background in ballet, modern, ballroom, and swing dance, she is a graduate of the professional preparatory program at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA, Seattle) and of the full-time training program at ALOFT Circus Arts in Chicago. Ivy is a current student at ARC EN CIRQUE is Chambéry, France, where she specializes in tight-wire and group acrobatics. She is committed to creating a more just world through her art.