Want to Run Away with the Circus?


The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is putting the call out to people from around Australia with some background in physical training and the dream of a professional career in performing.

NICA offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts, which is a three-year university degree conducted at its Melbourne campus. Ahead of the auditions for the 2016 course in-take, NICA will be holding pre-audition circus workshops across all Australian states during the June/July school holidays. Aspiring circus artists are encouraged to register for this invaluable opportunity to hone their skills before the auditions begin in September.

Rowan Thomas. 2014 NICA Graduate. Photo by Julian Meehan

In 2015, NICA’s pre-audition workshops will be held in more locations around Australia than ever before including: Byron Bay, Melbourne, Darwin, Albury, Brisbane, Fremantle, Sydney, Ulverstone, Cairns, Adelaide and Canberra.
The workshops will focus on the audition requirements for NICA’s accredited courses, including flexibility, handstands, tumbling, strength & conditioning, movement and performance.
In Melbourne, the workshop will be held at NICA’s own state-of-the-art facilities in Prahran over two days. The second day of the workshop will give participants an opportunity to experience a typical day of training at NICA; engaging in aerial apparatus, manipulation and group acrobalance. The workshops held outside Melbourne will run for one day.
Past graduates from NICA, who are now professional circus performers and trainers in their own right, will facilitate all workshops, and will be able to answer any questions participants may have about the degree and life as a circus performer.
NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts 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. Those with a flair for the physical and a desire for a challenge should consider attending the workshops. A background in circus is not necessary.
NICA graduates have established successful careers in Australia and internationally with acclaimed companies including Circus Oz, Circa, NoFit State and Cirque du Soleil.
Entry into the Bachelor of Circus Arts is highly competitive and attracts applicants from across Australia and overseas. The course is accredited by Swinburne University and training takes place in the custom-built circus facilities on its Prahran campus.

2015 NICA Pre-Audition Workshop dates are as follows:


NT (Darwin)
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
8/18 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff
Monday 22 June
NSW (Albury)
Flying Fruit Fly Circus
605 Hovell Street, Albury
Sunday 28 June
VIC (Melbourne)
National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)
41 Green Street , Prahran
Monday 29 June*
Tuesday 30 June*
QLD (Brisbane)
Flipside Circus
117 Mina Parade, Alderley
Saturday 4 July
NSW (Sydney)
Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
115-119 Great Western Highway,  Emu Plains
Monday 6 July
TAS (Ulverstone)
Slipstream Circus Flora Street
Tuesday 7 July
QLD (Cairns)
Cycas Circus
54 Sturt Street, Bungalow
Friday 10 July
NSW (Byron)
Australian Circus Artists
17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Ba
Sunday 12 July
WA (Fremantle)
WA Circus School
8 Philimore Street, Fremantle
Monday 13 July
SA (Adelaide)

27 Fifth Street, Bowden
Friday 17 July
ACT (Canberra)
Warehouse Circus
4/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley
Saturday 18 July

Workshop Costs
One-day Interstate Workshop: $90
Two-day Melbourne Workshop: $190    *Participants must attend both days in Melbourne
For more information and workshop bookings visit: www.nica.com.au

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