Advanced Social Circus Training 

Advanced Social Circus Training

Registration deadline

November 1, 2023


Members: 187.00$
Non-members: 187.00$


Dates and time: November 9, 10, 11, 12, 2023, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Karine Lavoie and Mariano Lopez
Location: in Québec city) YMCA Saint-Roch (500, du Pont Street)
Duration: 28 hours
Number of participants: 15 maximum
Language: French

For: artists with a social circus practice, coomunity workers and social circus trainers throughout Quebec.

Prerequisites: 1 year experience as a social circus instructor or practitioner.

Do you work in social circus and want to reflect on your practice and meet other instructors and practitioners? This course is for you!

Social circus is an innovative approach aimed at using circus arts as a means of intervention to favor personal development and social well-being among individuals in precarious situations. This exceptional training will enable you to learn and share your knowledge, refine your skills, and acquire essential abilities for enriching involvement in social circus. You will address topics such as communication, teamwork, ethical foundations, supporting young people in precarious situations, and the role of creativity. The training will also provide an opportunity to gain practical tools for teaching circus arts with a focus on social objectives while remaining sensitive to the precarious situations that young people may experience.

_Promote the acquisition of knowledge in inclusive pedagogy;
_Develop skills in planning and conducting circus workshops, focusing on social objectives;
_Reflect collectively on various situations experienced in social circus work;
_Acquire the necessary abilities to effectively intervene in a cultural exchange context;
_Facilitate networking among social circus practitioners.


Karine Lavoie ©Sage rebelle

Karine Lavoie
has over 15 years' experience in social circus, notably as a circus instructor in various countries around the world, as a training consultant with Cirque du Soleil and as manager of the organization Cirque Hors-Piste. She also has solid expertise in psychosocial intervention, having worked with injecting and inhaling drug users, street youth and sex workers in Montreal.  As a circus artist, she has performed aerial silks and hand-to-hand at various events in Quebec. Today, she devotes herself full-time to the development of social circus across Canada.


Mariano Lopez ©Serge Boudreau

Mariano Lopez
holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from UQÀM, a minor in criminology from Université de Montréal and a certificate in group facilitation. He has worked for over 20 years in psychosocial intervention, in the fields of suicide prevention and substance abuse intervention. In 2006, he took part in the Antarctic Mission on the Sedna IV as the crew's mental health manager. Since 2007, he has traveled the globe as a Cirque du Monde instructor trainer, a Cirque du Soleil program that uses the circus arts to help underprivileged young people around the world.

Photo 1 : © Sage rebelle
Photo 2 : © Serge Boudreau