Workshops and training programs - 2019-2020

Find out more about our group workshops on offer as well as our individualized training programs for circus arts professionals

For registration forms and information, click on Registration under the Continuing Education section in the menu on the left.   

Group workshops


Winter 2020

January 25-26 2020 : Classe de maître sur l’appareil vertical avec Irena Purschke - FULL  Multiregional !
February 3-7, 2020: Accrochage d’appareils acrobatiques - FULL
February 7, 2020: Exchange and exploration with Groupe acrobatique de Tanger (in French) - CLOSED  New !
February 3, 10, 17 & 24 2020 : Anatomie en action: renforcement du bas du corps  New !
February 28, 2020: Mieux planifier l’emploi du temps et les priorités (a RCAAQ workshop, in parternship with En Piste and the SMQ, CQT, ADISQ, RQD, and RAAV)
February 29 - March 1, 2020: Sensibilisation aux réalités artistiques autochtones (a RAIQ workshop in partnership with En Piste, le RCAAQ, le RCQ, le CEAD et le RQD
March 2-6, 2020: Dialogue et écriture acrobatique  New !

Spring 2020

April 4-5, 2020: Vers une approche pédagogique inclusive  New !
April 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 2010 : Graphisme 101 pour travailleur culturel (a CQM workshop, in partnership with En Piste, RQD, UDA and AQM)


Are you looking to further your technical skills, or to adapt, enhance or better manage your professional training habits in order to better respond to the demands of your circus career? Through En Piste’s individualized training support program, you can propose a customized training program that meets your needs, working with an expert-trainer one on one or in a small group.

Program objectives

  • To support circus artists in their physical preparation in light of the high demands of the profession, and, in doing so, to support at different stages of their professional lives: during show rehearsals or runs, tours, rehabilitation periods, periods of work leave (maternity, illness, etc.) or periods between jobs
  • To help professional circus artists refresh and update their technical skills or develop new skills
  • To offer artists training to better manage their performance through increased health and safety knowledge
  • To diminish the risk of injury or overtraining among professional artists 
  • To give artists tools to structure their training cycles in response to various challenges throughout their career

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Are you looking to acquire new skills or knowledge to respond to a professional challenge? Are you facing a particular issue in your career that could be better responded to after working with an expert? Do you simply want to develop skills relating to your work? Through En Piste’s individualized career support program, you can propose a customized career support training program that meets your professional needs, working with an expert-trainer one on one or in a small group.

Program objectives

  • To support and equip professional circus artists and cultural workers in the management and development of their careers
  • To help circus professionals develop critical knowledge
  • To enable circus professionals to cultivate skills relating to the creation, production of dissemination of circus shows, to cultural mediation and administration, and to other professional areas

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N.B. The program is FULL for the Winter 2020 session in Montreal. For this session, we accept requests from professionals residing outside of Montreal ONLY.

Eligibility requirements

NEW! Temporary foreign workers, established in Quebec, who hold an open or closed work permit, can now benefit from the subsidized rate for workshops as well as the individualized support programs, for which they can now participate.

Admissibility for subsidized rates with Emploi-Québec

These workshops and programs are open to all circus professionals established in Quebec who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or who hold a work permit (open or closed), and whose employment status is one of the following:

  • Self-employed or self-employment support measure
  • Employee of an non-profit or a company whose payroll does not exceed $2,000,000
  • Recipient of employment insurance or social assistance or an employment integration measure
  • Unemployed

Asylum seekers, full-time students and foreign workers participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program not eligible.

Those who do not qualify for the subsidized rate may still participate in most workshops but must pay the actual cost of the program. Unfortunately, they can't participate in the individualized support programs.

En Piste workshops and training programs are open to ALL circus professionals. However, priority is given to En Piste members.


Workshop locations:


The majority of En Piste's Emploi Québec-funded workshops are offered in Montreal. Participants who live outside Montreal must assume their own travel and accomodation costs.


En Piste offers workshops outside Montreal, throughout the province of Quebec, through the multiregional program. Each year, at least two group workshops are offered through this program. Participants who reside more than 50 kilometers away from the workshop venue may be eligible to have their travel, accomodation and meals reimbursed upon presentation of their original invoices. Certain conditions apply. En Piste's individualized programs,  Compétences-Carrières and Soutien à l'entraînement, are now open to participants throughout Quebec and offer customized training with expert trainers, for both one-on-one and small group training programs. 


Photo credit: JF O'Kane – 7 doigts de la main – Meaghan Wegg