New England Center for Circus Arts raises $1M for new training center
Brattleboro Reformer - March 2016

The founders of the New England Center for Circus Arts have a dream: To create the country's first state-of-the-art circus training facility right here in Brattleboro. On Saturday, twin sisters Elsie and Serenity Smith Forchion announced they had reached a major milestone toward making that dream a reality.

During the opening of the Circus Spectacular fundraiser at the Latchis Theater, the pair announced that they have raised $1 million, enough to hire an architect and builder and to move forward with the project.

"There were so many people that helped us with that portion of the project, it was an amazing milestone that means a lot to us," said Elsie Smith, co-founder of NECCA.

The new building is expected to be a state-of-the-art center for circus training that competes with similar circus schools in Canada and Europe.

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