Heather_credit Scott HoneMontreal based Cirque du Soleil shows have toured Australia over the last decade, bringing the joys of circus performance to a whole new audience.  Not forgetting Circus Oz and the more traditional circus troups which tour both town and country regions of Australia, such as Ashtons and Stardust, circus skills have become a popular artform.  Circus acts no longer perform only under “The Big Top” but can be found on stage in theatres, nightclubs and even cruise ships.

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is now inviting aspiring circus artists to submit their applications for entry into the 2014 Bachelor of Circus Arts course, with the opportunity to join the ranks of the acclaimed alumni who have passed through the Institute’s doors over the past 14 years.

If you see an Australian circus artist working today on the professional stage anywhere in the world, chances are they began their career by auditioning for the NICA Bachelor of Circus Arts course.

From 30 September 2013, NICA trainers will be holding auditions in Sydney for entry into the course in 2014.  Those with a flair for the physical and a desire for a challenge will have the opportunity to apply for this prestigious course.

The course is a great career opportunity for those with some background in physical training such as circus, sport, dance, physical theatre, gymnastics, acrobatics, martial arts, diving or trampoline and who dream of performing.

NICA is one of eight national arts training institutes and offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts.  The course is accredited by Swinburne University and training takes place in custom-built circus facilities on its Prahran campus.  Over 100 young people currently study at NICA’s internationally-recognised facility in Melbourne, with a determination to graduate with a degree and a competitive advantage that will help them perform at an elite level.

Entry into the three year Bachelor of Circus Arts Degree course in 2014 is by audition, interview and physiotherapy assessment.  Applicants must have completed Year 12 or equivalent to be eligible for this program and are required to apply for an audition via the NICA website at or by contacting NICA’s Student Administrator by email or on 03 9214 6537.

Applications close on 9 September 2013 and NICA Sydney Auditions are to be held on 30 September 2013 at Aerialize, Canterbury.

Sandra Tiltman 



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