|Everyone’s Home for Circus|
For almost ten years now, NECCA has made its home in Brattleboro’s Cotton Mill. We serve all ages—toddlers, teens, adults and seniors in a safe and non-competitive environment. We welcome all levels of interest—community members exploring fitness options to the circus stars of tomorrow!
As the number of classes and programs grew—hand-in-hand with NECCA’s national and international reputation, it became clear that we needed a new home.
In September, 2016, we broke ground on our new home which will be the only custom-built circus arts building in the United States.
Kate Anderson, board president, said ”It's NECCA's growth and reputation for first-class circus arts training that makes this new facility so timely and critical.”
NECCA began looking to expand in 2010. A capital campaign to raise $2.5 million was begun in late 2014 and by December, 2015 with $1 million raised it was decided to build the first phase—the trapezium building. It will be ready for occupancy by July, 2017.
At 8,600 sq. ft. the trapezium will incorporate space for training and performances plus administrative offices, lobby and reception. With a near 40 ft ceiling it will house a tramp wall and trampoline as well as indoor flying trapeze, fabric/silk, jugging, contortion, unicycle, partner acrobatics, German wheel, teeterboard and more.
Phase two will be a smaller building that will include additional training studios as well as work and creative space for staff and coaches.
“Coaches who come here say, ‘This is a cool town’ and they want to live here,” says Elsie Smith, co-founder with twin sister, Serenity Smith Forchion. As a center for circus arts with national and international stature they see NECCA bringing even broader arts and more diversity to Brattleboro and the region.
They want NECCA be considered for circus the way Tanglewood is for music and Jacob’s Pillow is for dance.