Questions & Answers about Cirkusgymnasiet

Read the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Upper Secondary School of Circus (Cirkusgymnasiet) or click on the videos to hear the schools artistic leader Daniel Gulko answer.

How do I apply to the Circus Upper Secondary School (high school)?

Information regarding the admission process is available at St Botvids Gymnasium (high school). Admission is based on both grades and an entrance exam.

Must I have previous experience in circus?

Some students who enrol in the Circus Upper Secondary School (high school) have previous training in the circus arts, others have practised parkour, figure skating, gymnastics or theatre. Prior to admission, an entrance exam takes place, to give us a clearer picture of you and your potential. This program entails a great deal of training, so it’s essential that you enjoy this. This is not to say you need to have hung from a trapeze before you apply.

What are my prospects once my studies are completed? 

When you have completed the Contemporary Circus Upper Secondary School program, you are free to either continue to higher education or to pursue a career as a circus artist. Many former students currently work professionally with circus and performing arts, others have become firefighters, dentists and academics. Regardless of whether you want to become a doctor or a juggler, the Circus Upper Secondary School for Circus may be the place for you.

Is there any available help with housing?

The municipality has access to some apartments where students can rent a room. The rooms are mediated by S: t Botvids gymnasium. Applicants coming from outside Stockholm County can apply for these rooms.

What is important to know about these rooms, is that here the students take care of themselves completely. There are no school staff who work as matrons.

Unfortunately, there are not always enough rooms for all applicants and the school recommends that applicants also look for other accommodation.

Do I have to be from Stockholm?

No, Cirkusgymnasiet has national admissions from all over Sweden, plus Denmark, Norway and Finland.

Vilka är lärarna?

Our teachers are usually professional artists with higher education in circus or dance.

What is meant by teaching at both Cirkör and S:t Botvids gymnasium?

The theoretical teaching takes place at S:t Botvids Gymnasium in Hallunda and the circus teaching and training in Cirkör house in Alby. Usually, students spend half the day at the school desk and half the day in the circus hall.

How much do you train?

About 10 hours a week in classes, as well as an additional opportunity to train a few evenings a week.

During the first year, you focus a lot on training your body and on safety. During the second year, you choose a circus discipline to immerse yourself in and you get the chance to perform in front of an audience. During the third year, you have a lot of room to immerse yourself in your discipline and run your own projects, with the goal of becoming independent.

Is it common to get injured?

We work hard to prevent injuries through basic strength and preparatory classes with safety considerations around all training that takes place in the circus hall. Injuries such as sprains and the like occur, but more serious injuries are more uncommon.

How big are the classes?

Most classes have about 16 students, but we take in up to 24 each year.

Why should you go to Cirkusgymnasiet?

Cirkusgymnasiet is a place for you who want physical exercise in your everyday life but at the same time get space for creativity and to find yourself.

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