In 2001, identical twins Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, world renowned circus performers and teachers, settled in Brattleboro, VT. They started their own circus school and performing troupe, Nimble Arts, LLC, offering lessons in aerial and acrobatic arts as well as choreographing for top circuses, schools and dance companies and performing with their troupe around the United States and as top aerial acts around the world.

In 2006, the school had grown to include hundreds of local students and hundreds more from around the world who were coming for private lessons, workshops and professional level training. Elsie & Serenity, also busy with their successful performing troupe, concluded that the school would be better able to serve its students as a not for profit company in order to expand course offerings to under served populations, to build a custom circus building in Brattleboro, VT and to promote the perpetuity of the school for the public beyond its dependence on its founders.

The incorporation of NECCA and the filing of not for profit papers was the culmination of much work from a supportive community, school members and a Board of Directors who believed that it was an important next step in the building of an internationally recognized yet locally vital circus center. NECCA received its 501(c)(3) not for profit status in December 2007 and can accept tax deductible donations.

In 2017, NECCA successfully opened its new home, the Trapezium in Brattleboro. With 40 foot ceilings, a deep foam pit, trampoline wall, indoor flying trapeze rig, capability to do swinging trapeze, and much more, the school is proud to have a world class facility to match the programming and coaches who now make it a destination and home for circus artists of all abilities and aspirations.


10 Town Crier Dr
Brattleboro VT 05301


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