Creating professional Circus Artists since 2007
The Leading Edge in Circus Education
NECCA’s ProTrack has been creating professional circus artists for over a decade. It is the longest Professional Training Program for circus artists in the United States, with graduates performing with Cirque du Soliel, Les 7 Doigts, Pippin, Cirkus Cirkor, Cirque Mechanics, and an array of touring shows, international festivals, cabarets and cruise ships. Students from all over the world come to NECCA for training, expertise, and guidance and, as a result, our graduates continue to fill the world stages.
Our award-winning coaching staff makes all of the difference. Here you’ll find masters of the field working with students on every level, challenging them to become better artists and athletes, and guiding them each step of the way.
NECCA’s ProTrack program has trained some of the industry’s most accomplished performers as well as many of the other coaches around the country. Our proven methods are apparent in the shear number of working artists that call NECCA their first home. Curious if you too could turn your training into a career? We are accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year now! Click HERE for more information.
Year One is designed to build a strong foundation and focus on the physical body. Students spend their time on dance, tumbling, handstands, physical theater, active and passive flexibility, physical fitness, juggling, act creation and academic studies. Students work in a variety of areas to elevate their physical capabilities and awareness, while training in a major discipline of choice and several “elective” disciplines. Students present work-in-progress acts at the end of the year.
Year Two builds on the foundation of the first year and focuses on the artist and spending more time in the major and minor disciplines. Students continue their work in dance, handstands, tumbling, partner acrobatics, fitness, physical theater, flexibility, juggling, academic studies as they complete a more finished product in their major and minor disciplines. This year is spent with a lot of one-on-one time with a primary coach to guide each student and monitor their progress.
Year Three is the final year and designed to guarantee that students are performing at an elite level and prepared to work in the industry. Year 3 will admit 5-10 students each year who will focus primarily on their major and minor acts as well as working as an ensemble. This group will develop a full-length show that will complete a several-week tour at the end of the program. Graduates of Year 3 may also be eligible for sponsorship in International Circus Festivals.
Graduates of the 3-year ProTrack program leave NECCA ready for life as a professional circus performer. They have acts and skills that are ready for hire in professional touring shows and ensembles or as an independent performer. They understand what it takes to make performing a full-time job and have the professional materials needed to work in the market. They will also have experience touring an ensemble show, allowing them a chance to see what life is like on the road as well as to give them exposure in the industry. After that, they have access to NECCA’s extensive network of contacts and support in finding auditions and connecting with companies.
How do I apply?
|Applicants interested in ProTrack first submit an application along with a video and references. The deadline for application submissions for 2019-2020 is January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified shortly afterward if they have been selected to attend live auditions at our facility in Brattleboro, Vt March 9 & 10, 2019. Acceptance into one of the three years of our program is based on levels competence in:|
- Circus Arts Modalities
- Dance & Movement
- Form & Body Awareness
- Tumbling & Acrobatics
- Theater & Performance
Applicants for 2019/2020 may be accepted into Year 1 or Year 2. Year 3 is reserved for students moving up from year 2 as well as invited guests.
1. Complete an Application.
2. Make your audition video and download it to YouTube or Vimeo
Guidelines for video submission.
3. Provide two Letters of Reference.
4. Pay your Application Fee.
5. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director, Jamie Hodgson, HERE.