The Hungarian Circus Institute (or, as it was first called: the Hungarian Circus School) was established in December, 1950. The first class of 15 talented students was enrolled in January, 1951, under the supervision of a couple of enthusiastic teachers. Their first 'campus' was on the first floor of a downtown apartment building (V. district, 34, Arany János utca). This small school, operating in the premises of a former dance school, was the birth-place of Hungarian acrobat training, which has produced so many young talents over the past decades. The institute moved to its present campus, also a former dance-school, in 1959. The present building of the institute was erected In 1973.

The first headmaster of the school was Imre Baross (until his death in 1986). He deserves a lot of credit for the establishment of the school and also for its promotion to the status of 'institute' in 1980.

Many of the most famous names in Hungarian circus arts were member of the institute, either as students or teachers. Such was the case with Zoltán Domokos (a.k.a. Deddy, the clown), our first deputy headmaster. Rastelli award-winner juggler Éva Vidos was also a student, as well as the '5 Villám'. Two of the Villáms, Mr and Mrs Csikász (János Csikász and Ilona Steiner) hold a special record: they have the longest career of all our students. They became students in 1951, and are still active!

Zoltán Domonkos was followed by Ödön Szakáts as deputy headmaster. Szakáts was Imre Baross' closest colleague for more than 20 years, and encouraged such superb shows as the '6 Tünde' on the tight rope, and horizontal bar numbers 'Hunor' and 'Tihany'. Current institute teacher Károly Deltai was a member of 'Hunor', and László Molnár, also a teacher, was a member of Tihany. Following the retirement of Domonkos, Károly Aszalós became deputy headmaster, who followed Baross as the principal of the institute, and extended the institute's foreign relations. He played a big part in the success of the Astorelli trampoline group.

Other famous teachers of the institute were Károly Hortobágyi, creator of springboard number '8 Faludi', Olympic champion gymnast Ferenc Pataki, Rezső Gács (a.k.a. Rodolfó), internationally-acclaimed illusionist József Markos ('Alfonzó') and comedian György Szilágyi.

In the past decades the institute has changed considerably. Currently, we have 80-90 students annually, under the supervision of nearly 20 teachers. Our teaching staff is made up of wonderful acrobats with an artistic background, skilled gymnastics trainers, and artists teaching dance, music and pantomime.