The National Centre for Circus Arts runs the circus strand of the Centre of Advanced Training in partnership with The Place.
National Centre for Circus Arts London-based Centre of Advanced Training students train as part of the London Youth Circus programme, with their main training running on Sundays. Students train in one of five main disciplines; juggling, acrobatics, static trapeze, flying trapeze and tightwire. They can also access up to five supporting classes each week which aim to increase creativity, skill base and overall fitness, these include silks, rope, acrobalance, choreography, movement, conditioning and flexibility. The average training hours per week range from 11 – 18 hours.
Aside regular training, Circus Centre of Advanced Training students are offered mentoring, performance opportunities, week long intensive workshops, subsidised circus shows and paid support to take other relevant courses/classes outside of the training centre.
National Centre for Circus Arts also support Centre of Advanced Training students who live outside of London. These students have their training provided by partnership schools in Nottingham (Tuyo circus), Sheffield (Greentop circus), Birmingham (CircusMash) and Manchester (Circus House). External Centre of Advanced Training students are supported by the National Centre for Circus Arts and a lead practitioner at their circus school. Support for external students differs per student/per school, through personalised arrangements with their practitioners and families.
Recruitment for the Centre of Advanced Training scheme occurs through the London youth circus programme through an invite process. Students who do not train at the National Centre for Circus Arts or do not have any previous circus experience are welcome to apply as part of the audition process in June.