Archive for November, 2015

2015 Winter Walkabout Schedule

Posted on 11/18/2015 at 6:52pm


Friends and Family are invited to join us this December as we celebrate our 2015 CirKids and their amazing circus skills!


Group Call-Time Show-Time
Saturday December 19th   SHOW 1
Saturday Lions 9:30AM 10:00-11:00AM
Monday Tigers 9:30AM 10:00-11:00AM
Saturday December 19th   SHOW 2
Saturday Ringmasters 11:30AM 12:00-1:00PM
Centre Ring (ALL) 11:30AM 12:00-1:00PM
Saturday December 19th   SHOW 3
Monday Ringmasters I 1:30PM 2:00-3:00PM


Group Call-Time Show-Time
Sunday December 20th   SHOW 1
Sunday Lions 9:30AM 10:00-11:00AM
Monday Lions 9:30AM 10:00-11:00AM
Wednesday Tigers 9:30AM 10:00-11:00AM
Sunday December 20th   SHOW 2
Sunday Ringmasters 11:30AM 12:00-1:00PM
Big Top 11:30AM 12:00-1:00PM
Sunday December 20th   SHOW 3
Wednesday Ringmasters 1:30PM 2:00-3:00PM
Monday Ringmasters II 1:30PM 2:00-3:00PM

Happy holidays from CircusWest!

Reminder: The last day of class before the holidays is Monday, Dec 21st

The first day back is Saturday, Jan 2nd.

A Word from an Alumnus – Claire Hopson

Posted on 11/05/2015 at 12:38pm

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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