The New England Center For Circus Arts Invites Everyone Under The Big Top

NECCA performers in motion

Tucked away in funky, small-town Brattleboro, VT, is a planet-class circus college. New England Heart for Circus Arts, aka NECCA, was launched by equivalent twins Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion in 2007. Situated on the sisters’ loved ones farm, NECCA has given that developed into a renowned teaching middle wherever pupils converge from all more than the U.S. and internationally to discover the ropes. Graduates of the school’s three-yr skilled education software, ProTrack, go on to accomplish with Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas displays, cruise ships, and more. While community classes in aerials, acrobatics, and juggling attract leisure enthusiasts of all ages. 

Founders and sisters, Elsie and Serenity Smith

What makes NECCA unique, is its inclusive spirit. “The classic circus had places for people today who didn’t in any other case have homes,” claims Elsie. “The clowns could arrive be clowns. Girls could be strong and have their own money. Now, you can arrive as regardless of what freak you are, and step by means of the doorway.” 

ELSIE AND SERENITY SMITH Pictures: COURTESY OF NECCA