How to Become a Cirque du Soleil Performer

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A Cirque du Soleil performer is a trained circus performer who travels or performs with the Cirque du Soleil company. While all circus performers must complete extensive acrobatic training, a person who wants to become a Cirque du Soleil performer must learn additional skills, including choreography and acting. Depending on the show, performers may also be asked to travel to other countries with the troupe.


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Education Formal acrobatic and acting training required
Starting pay $40,000[1]
Median pay $70,000[1]
10 yr growth Slower than average[2]
Related professions Circus performer, acrobat
Author Selena Robinson

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Cirque du Soleil Performer Job Overview

The job of a Cirque du Soleil performer involves learning complex choreography that accompanies the company's signature performances. In each show, the kind of performance can vary according to the theme. Artists who perform in a musical show may have to learn specific dances. For example, the Cirque du Soleil show "La Nouba", which is performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, highlights clowns, while the show "One" is set to the music of Michael Jackson.[3]

The schedule for a Cirque du Soleil performer can be rigorous. Some professionals may have to perform in as many as 475 shows per year.[4]

Types of Cirque du Soleil Performers

Cirque du Soleil employs several kinds of performers. Along with acrobats, the circus features balancing artists, contortionists, actors, singers, musicians, dancers, clowns, and athletes. Cirque du Soleil circus performer job openings include positions in aerial arts, wheel performing, juggling, and hula hooping.[5] The circus also hires individuals who have other talents, such as martial arts, skipping, and experience in extreme sports.[6]

Cirque du Soleil Performer Education

Becoming a Cirque du Soleil performer involves learning how to perform the show's particular style of circus arts. After choosing a specific discipline, an aspiring Cirque du Soleil performer must complete years of education in their chosen field. The company allows interested individuals to apply online for their desired discipline.[7]

Once hired, performers must learn the company's performing numbers, including any choreography and costume changes that are involved. Artists must also learn how to apply their own makeup before each performance.[8]

Cirque du Soleil Performer Training

Cirque du Soleil performers train extensively for each performance. Performers are required to attend mandatory training sessions and they do cross-training several times a week to maintain their overall physical strength. They also complete a lengthy warm-up before the shows.[9] Many Cirque du Soleil performers also practice nutrition habits such as clean eating and gymnastic training.[10]

Cirque du Soleil Performer Rehearsals

Rehearsal footage from the Cirque du Soleil show "Alegria"

Also See: How to Become a Circus Performer, How to Become a Choreographer, How to Become a Dancer, How to Become a Playwright, How to Become a Disneyland Performer


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