Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion discovered they had a special talent for aerial acrobatics after working at a summer camp that specialized in circus arts. They took that talent and their passion for hard work and adventure into long running careers in the circus arts. Their shared resumes include performing for Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, the New Pickle Circus, Cirque Productions and Cirque Le Masque, and eventually founded the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in 2007.

Located in Brattleboro, NECCA has spent the last 15-years empowering circus performers of all ages, encouraging their creativity and abilities. “What we love about circus arts, is there’s something for everyone,” says Serenity. “Everyone has a talent, and performing is non-gender specific. Unlike gymnastics and other sports, we are welcoming, encouraging, and not competitive.”

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