Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the New England Center for Circus Arts moves into its new headquarters in Brattleboro this summer. The new trapezium building — an 8,600-square-foot building incorporating a gymnasium for circus arts training and performances — will be the nation’s newest custom-designed circus arts training and performance facility and will allow year-round, indoor flying trapeze training, as well as fabric/silk, juggling, contortion, unicycle, partner acrobatics, German wheel, teeterboard, and more. Summer camps and classes begin in the new building mid-June, and its Grand Opening is planned for early September.
NECCA (necenterforcircusarts.org) serves more than 2,000 individuals of all ages — toddlers to 80 and up — in a range of skill levels and programs, including recreational community classes, professional-level training, and outreach programs serving at-risk and disadvantaged youth. We’re told people come from around the world to learn at NECCA — and from around our own neighborhoods, as well. NECCA’s pro students are employed in circuses and theaters, cabarets and concert tours, vaudeville street shows and operas, in venues of every size and scope throughout the industry and the world.