The course and the teaching team

The joint educational programme implemented at the Enacr in Rosny-sous-Bois (1st year Dnsp) and at the Cnac in Châlons-en-Champagne (2nd & 3rd years Dnsp), is set within the framework of the Professional Higher National Diploma (DNSP) for circus artists.

Courses taught during the three-year programme aim to allow each student to achieve the objectives set by the diploma, in the perspective of optimum professionalization. The objectives are as follows :
-to practice the art of a performing circus artist,
-maintain and develop one's artistic abilities and skills as a performer,
-enhance one's skills and build a career path.

Cnac courses and the teaching team (Dnsp 2 and Dnsp 3)

The courses that make up the Dnsp are taught by a team composed partly of permanent teachers (specialised circus disciplines) and partly of outside contributors who are performing arts professionals. The team may change each year.

Specialized circus disciplines with :

Permanent Cnac teachers

Daniel Christmann Arial straps, acrobatics, balancing acts, tight wire, chinese pole
Karine Noël dance, acro dance
Witold (Witek) Nowotynski Acrobatics, balancing acts, acrobatic lifts
Dirk Schambacher  Silks, Cyr wheel, Chinese pole, aerial straps, german wheel
Marie Seclet Aerials (aerial cradle, swinging trapeze, rope, silks, static trapeze, cloud swing)
Arnaud Thomas Teeterboard, trampoline, cradle, korean cradle, aerial swinging

Professionnal contributors

Maxime Bourdon Bascule, trampoline, roue Cyr, portique coréen
Olivier Burlaud Juggling
Camille Chatelain Equilibre sur cycle
Anja Eberhart Equilibre sur cycle
Serge Huercio Equilibre sur cycle
Bruno Krief Chinese pole, aerial straps, silks, corde
Jonathan Lardillier Juggling
Christian Malgoires Acrobatic lifts, tightrope
David Soubies Acrobatics
Nathalie Treil Trampoline
Florian Helbert and David Creuze Physical training

DANCE Karine NoëlJean-Pierre Douterluigne, Marlène RubinelliSandra Savin
MUSIC Anne-Sophie Zirnhelt
THEATRE Olivier AntoineLaura Pazzola

- Safety with Katrin Wolf and Jean-Charles Le Gac
- Rigging with Katrin Wolf, Jean-Charles Le Gac and Marcello Parisse
- Safety and circus tent assembly with Julien Mugica
- Sound, light and stage design with Jérôme Fèvre.

FRENCH (in foreign language) with Christophe Multon

Theory classes

The history and theory of ideas and forms / The history of corporal representation / The philosophy of art, with Bernard Andrieu, philosopher, a professor at the Paris-Descartes university, director of the Techniques and Issues of the Body research laboratory (TEC, EA 3625) and coordinator of the GDRI 836 CNRS (contributor of the Cnac).
Benesh Movement notation with Katrin Wolf
Critical analysis with Cyril Thomas, Responsible for Research and Development at the Cnac,
Dramatic art and circus writing with Thomas Cepitelli,
Introduction to the law and economics of the performing arts with Pierre Genre and Marie-Christine Laville / Cnac.

Additional artistic teaching and Research and Creation Workshops (ARC) :

Artistic teaching is spread between the two poles of technique and imagination. These two approaches are complementary and need to interact as such. The teaching of an artistic discipline should not be limited to technical skills, but should also integrate the wider reality that is the creation of a work, its meaning and composition.

This is why the Ensac teaching programme necessarily makes students aware of writing, but does not aim to prematurely recognize them as legitimate authors. It is a question of raising awareness about the long maturing process that an artist needs before they can create an "oeuvre".

A number of young, teaching circus professionals have recent personal experience through their careers as performing artists in the circus. Because of this experience they question and renew their methods for teaching the circus arts. They have a rounded approach to the circus subjects, as the separation of technical and artistic elements is no longer a part of the learning process. They position the technical act at the centre of any approach linked to writing and composition. They fully appreciate what is at stake in the profession and have an accurate view of artistic creation and the labour market. The crossover of the skills of this new generation of teachers with those of the best technicians, guarantees a strong circus artist identity.

This approach takes the shape of additional artistic courses and/or Research and Creation workshops (ARCs) with Olivier AntoineValérie Dubourg, Séverine Chavrier, Sylvain Decure, Jérôme FèvreDamien Fournier, Christophe Huysman,  Antoine Rigot, Alice Ronfard, Marlène Rubinelli, David SoubiesWilliam Valet

Medical care

Doctor Manuel Afonso Sports Physician (Bleuets Reims Clinic)
Christophe Dormoy Physiotherapist
Florian Helbert and David Creuze Fitness Trainers
NN Dietician