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Circadium Application

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Entrance Requirements:

Tuition for 2020-2021: $15,435
Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.

Please note that Circadium cannot accept applications from non-U.S. citizens at this time.

Required Questions (150 WORDS MAXIMUM):

  • Circadium's program is different from other contemporary circus schools. Why does our program specifically interest you?
  • What are your main hopes or goals in coming out of this program?

Pick any 3 of the following prompts to answer in 50 words or less:

  1. Describe a time when you were genuinely frightened. How did you make it through this experience?
  2. When you close your eyes and daydream about your future, what do you see? Reality need not apply.
  3. You’ve just finished your 300 page autobiography. Please submit the second paragraph on page 217.
  4. What do you think about when you do circus, in the moment of performing?
  5. Are you a ruler or a scribble? Why?
  6. Describe a challenge you’ve faced and the way you overcame it.
  7. What’s the most important thing to think about when training in your discipline?
  8. You’ve just been given a $300,000 grant to make your dream show. Describe it in one sentence.

Application Process:

January 31, 2021 – Online Applications due
February 15, 2021 – Notification of students’ invitations to live auditions
March 16-17, 2021 – Live auditions in Philadelphia
April 9, 2021 – Students notified of their acceptance into the program
May 15, 2021 – Accepted students must submit Enrollment Agreement and $1000.00 deposit

Application form must be completed and submitted by January 31, 2021, for admission to begin the course in September 2021.
If your application is accepted, you will be notified by February 15, 2021, and invited to live auditions in March 2021. Video auditions will be accepted from students who live too far away to travel to Philadelphia.

Application fee of $50 must be included; please follow the “Pay Now” link after you submit your form.

Circadium admits students of any race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Video Link

In this field, please include a single link to an audition video that is no longer than 3 minutes. Make sure that the video is a YouTube, Vimeo, or other link which is not set to private (Unlisted is fine). Do not submit Facebook or Instagram links. The video should include 30-60 seconds of strength and flexibility demonstrations. Your choice – feel free to include push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, backbends, leg lifts, or anything else that illustrates your current level of strength and flexibility. Then, a maximum of 2 minutes of performance. Performance can be in circus skills, or other types of performing arts. Please note: while we are excited to work with specialists in non-circus disciplines, if you have never trained in circus arts before, we recommend that you begin with a recreational program like the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (

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