This week we caught up with CircusWest alumnus Claire Hopson.
Claire played Dorthoy in The Circus of Oz last year, performing a sensational straps act. Claire has since left us and moved east where she is currently training at École de cirque de Québec. Here’s what she had to say:
Can you share your thoughts on how to best prepare yourself for a career in circus?
Train hard, train smart, love what you do, keep working on new tricks, new techniques, invent, create, have fun.
How did your experience at CircusWest prepare you for where you are now? (École de cirque de Québec)
CircusWest puts an emphasis on making their students well rounded in all aspects of circus which really helped me when I got to Quebec. Knowing a little bit from all the disciplines made it easier for me to adapt to all my classes and helped me improve with good technique.
Are there any courses at CircusWest that you would recommend taking as preparation?
Jonel’s strength and flex class haha!
How did you balance your time between school, training and rehearsal?
It really depends what you want to focus on, but training and rehearsals were always my first priority. I knew school would always be there.
In your experience, what are some attributes of individuals who are most successful in circus?
Creative, hard working, determined, well rounded,…
What have been the main differences between CircusWest and École de cirque de Québec?
The attention to detail and technique at Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, is much higher than at CircusWest but at the same time their training us to be professionals and CW is a recreational program so it’s not very comparable,… But if I had to pick one of the best similarities it would have to be the sense of family that both schools have, everyone’s working together and everyone is giving it their all, it’s really nice.
Has it been hard to adapt to a new setting and environment? If so, how do you manage/deal with the challenges?
It was weird at first because I landed and started driving to my new home and everything was in French, absolutely everything but you get used to it pretty quick and I love it here, it’s home.
What is the next step for you when you finish your training at École de cirque de Québec?
Hopefully working in a circus company somewhere in the world.
What do you miss the most about CircusWest?
Virpi’s laugh, Jay’s jokes, all the amazing coaches, the space, all the happy faces,…
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