Etienne’s parents, Gilles and Jeanne, were trapeze performer’s at Montreal’s Cirque Magnifique so her formative years mimicked many of the fairy tales her school friends would talk about. The costumes, animals, clowns all otherworldly.

She trained with many of the performer’s learning the secrets of their routines because her long term goal was to start a cirque of her own.

In 2012 she was contacted by Bergdorf Goodman about being in their holiday window display and she would have artistic reign over the look and name of the display. Cirque On Fifth was born. C'est Magnifique!