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ESAC is an institution of higher artistic education. To enter the program, students must have a secondary school diploma (CESS), a baccalauréat, or a corresponding qualification. Candidates must already have a solid base in the circus specialty that they are auditioning to study. Because training in a circus degree-program is much more intense than the training given in a recreational program, it is strongly advised that students attend a preparatory circus school before taking the ESAC entrance examination. Although we accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds, they must all have excellent physical preparation, a good acrobatic level, and a curious attitude towards contemporary art. Stage and musical experience are important advantages.

Every circus discipline is taught at ESAC, except flying trapeze. If candidates propose group acts, they must indicate precisely the status of each member of the act. It is not unheard of for groups to be formed during the entrance exam, but as this is a risky step, it is only suggested in special cases. Because it is extremely difficult to change course mid-way through the program, groups admitted to ESAC will remain together at least until they have graduated.

Given the specific demands of circus training, candidates below 23 years old are given preference.

description of the exam


Due to the exceptional circumstances linked to the COVID 19 health crisis, the 2020 selection will take place via file analysis, videos and by videoconference interview.

For any question or exchange, whether administrative or “technical”, a single address is available to you: Please specify the subject of your request in the subject line.

the tests will take place according to the following provisions:

1 // ORGANIZATION OVER TIME (Belgian time- GMT +2)

  • Submission of applications, files and videos: May 31 11:59 p.m.
  • Announcement of pre-selections by e-mail: Monday 22/06 from 5 p.m.

      For the preselected:

  • Be available for a videoconference interview on June 25 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. L’Esac will organize the virtual exchange (video and microphone essential) and will inform the candidate about the day and time of the interview.
  • Respond in the form of a video to the instruction that will be given to you at the same       time as the announcement of your preselection, for the 24/06 before 1 p.m.
  • Announcement of the selections by email on 06/26 from 6 p.m.
  • Successful candidates must confirm to us by email before 6/29 noon that they are effectively joining the ESAC.


By May 31, 2020 at 11.59 p.m. at the latest, each applicant must send a FULL file by email ( (IMPORTANT: any file sent late or incomplete WILL NOT BE RETAINED).

This file must contain:

  • The registration form (wordpdf)
  • a CV
  • a letter of motivation
  • a recent identity photo in color (jpeg format)
  • a photocopy of the identity card – valid passport
  • a medical certificate stating the candidate’s physical aptitude for the circus arts (made 3 month minimum before the application)
  • a copy of the official birth certificate In case of admission, this document must be sent to us in ORIGINAL form.
  • a certified copy of the candidate’s secondary-school diploma (CESS. or an equivalent higher secondary school) imperatively joined by his transcript. In case of admission, these 2 documents must be sent to us in ORIGINAL form.
  • For students having foreign secondary-school diplomas, we ask for a copy of their secondary-school diploma (equivalent to the French baccalauréat) and a copy of the transcript of their grades. Although these documents can be simple copies.
  • a certificate of good life and morals or a certificate of good conduct from the police or judiciary authorities (non-EU candidates only)

4 links to presentation videos (content specified below)
only vimeo or youtube links will be accepted, protected by the password: AuditionsEsac

content of the 4 videos, please respect the order and the timing requested of each video

1 Circus art video:

-acts or extracts from acts (max. 3 min)

-Technical presentation-Compilation of recently film extracts (max. 2 min)

2 Acrobatics Video:

– Several acrobatic sequences perform on mat (or other surface) of minimum 4 elements. (1 min. Max).

– An acrobatic “non gymnastic” proposition to be performed on floor. Avoid movements with percussion. (1 min. Max).

– handstand with alignment of 10 seconds without moving + 3 balance positions on hands (free) 

– Flexibility

  • 3 flexibilty exercice (free choice)
  • 3 splits (Anteroposterior and facial)
  • Shoulder opening
  1. Passive bridge: lie flat back on the floor and put yourself in bridge position, open your shoulders as much as possible.
  2. Active bridge: from the standing position lean back and put your hands closest to feet; if possible come back in standing position.
  3. Retroversion : sitting position and sliding the hands as far behind as possible while keeping the arms parallel. 

3 Specific Physical Preparation Video:

– A mini circuit or a sequence of 6 exercises where the strength of the legs and arms can be observed. Choose exercises related to the circus specialization (3 min. Max).

– 4 exercises of your choice.

4 Video Interpretation:

– Acting : We are looking for open, friendly, available and creative profiles with an artistic univers. Feel free in your proposition (without material). Give us your best! (2 min. Max).

-Dance: Dance solo / movement style of your choice ( contemporary, classical, breakdance, hip-hop, traditional, etc.), without material (+/- 2 min.).

Equivalency of Secondary-School Diplomas (level of the French baccalaureat)
Obtained Abroad

For successful candidates who have obtained their secondary education qualification outside of Belgium, they must, within a very short time, proceed to the recognition of equivalence of their education qualification and this is done in several stages:

send BY POSTAL MAIL all of the additional documents, namely:

– Proof of payment of the recognition of diploma equivalence fees according to the list of countries attached.

-the attached motivation form.

-The original of his secondary education diploma accompanied by the original of his transcript.

-The original of his birth certificate extract.

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