Professional Preparatory Program (P3)

Taking Circus Arts to the Next Level

SANCA’s Professional Preparatory Program (P3) is a first step toward a career in circus!

The program is designed to prepare graduates for further study at a multi-year circus institution. The curriculum design is structured as a rigorous generalist program to provide strong foundations in six main areas of focus:

    • Floor Acrobatics (handstands, tumbling, trampoline, partner acrobatics)
    • Aerial Acrobatics (static trapeze, rope, fabric, hoop)
    • Juggling (object manipulation, club passing)
    • Dance (ballet, modern, choreography)
    • Theater (improvisation, physical storytelling, acting, mask and clown)
    • Act Creation / Show Production

Students in SANCA’s P3 program choose one circus discipline as their specialty for the year, and receive additional  training in all six main areas of focus. The P3 Program provides students with a well-rounded circus education that increases their personal proprioception, balance, active flexibility, and power in a wide variety of circus disciplines. These skills sets, combined with theater and dance, are the core teachings necessary to produce professional-quality circus acts and start a career in circus. As a final experience, students work with a director and choreographer to produce a full-length theatrical circus performance in a professional theater.

If you dream of becoming a professional circus artist the P3 program could help you launch your career!

More about the program  here

Application Requirements, click here. Deadline has been extended to March 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tuition for the P3 program?  Are payment plans available?
Tuition is $9750.  We do offer payment plans, please e-mail for further information.

I am outside of your age range.  Can I still apply for the P3 program?
We evaluate our students on a case by case basis.  If you are not within our recommendated age range please send a message to for further evaluation.

Do you require students to attend a live audition?
Since we have comprehensive requirements for the video portion of the application, we do not hold live auditions.  However, we welcome prospective students who wish to visit SANCA to see our facility and meet our coaches.

Do you accept students who are not U.S. citizens?
We do accept qualified non-American students, however we are unfortunately not able to facilitate obtaining a student Visa.

When do classes start?
We start classes the first full week of August, and run through mid-May.

Can you help me find housing?
We are not able to provide housing or assist students with searching for housing.  Most of our past students have successfully found housing by putting the word out through their own circus networks as well as utilizing Seattle’s Craigslist.

Is financial aid available?
We do not have financial aid for the P3 program.  Past students have set up successful crowdfunding campaigns.  It should be noted that SANCA’s workstudy program is not applicable for P3 classes.

I have other questions, who can I contact for answers?
Please do not hesitate to send your questions to