In 2003, 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. The company also manufactured and sold custom circus equipment trapezes and aerial fabrics, 'by aerialists, for aerialists'.

In 2006, the school had grown to include hundreds of local students and hundreds more from around the world who were coming to Brattleboro 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 has been the culmination of much work from a supportive community, school members and a full Board of Directors who believe that it is 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 now accept tax deductible donations.

NECCA successfully raised funds to build a custom 'trapezium' in Brattleboro. It has 40 foot ceilings, a trampoline wall, an indoor flying trapeze rig, capability to do swinging trapeze, and much more.


10 Town Crier Dr
Brattleboro VT 05301


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