New England Center for Circus Arts sets Aug. 26 open house

BRATTLEBORO — The New England Center for Circus Arts has been working hard to get its new space ready for expanded programming this fall.

The coaches and the administrative team report that equipment has been installed, inspected, checked, and re-checked and is now ready for climbing, flipping, and training of every kind.

With a new in-ground trampoline, a modular levels tramp wall, and an indoor, high flying trapeze, there are a lot of new things to see. In a news release, NECCA invited the public to come check it all out during a special community Open House on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants can watch flying trapeze, try juggling, and take a guided tour of the new building.

There will be refreshments, a chance to enter a free raffle to win a flying trapeze class, circus demonstrations, and opportunities to talk to coaches and students to learn more about what NECCA has to offer.

NECCA's innovative programming is aimed at many different groups hoping for a wide range of outcomes. NECCA offers classes for beginners and professionals of all ages.

Their philosophy embraces the idea that circus, as a hybrid of art and sport, and comprising myriad disciplines - from hula hooping to stilt walking, acrobatics to juggling, aerial skills to pyramid building - is an ideal medium for fitness, fun, and community building.

The morning fitness classes are popular with “over 40s” seeking a team of gentle movers to sweat with. The in-ground trampoline and tramp wall are a must-try for the kids who like thrill sports - and their parents who prefer mats and a good coach.

Teens who have outgrown their competitive gymnastics world but miss the teamwork and athleticism will enjoy the creative adaptability and diversity of body types in the circus arts.

Fall classes begin Sept. 11. To see a full list of opportunities and to register, go to For more information call 802-254-9780.

Coming events at NECCA include a Dance4All workshop Nov. 4 and 5 with AXIS Dance Company. This acclaimed West Coast company brings an intense, fun, and explorative movement workshop in dance theater and disability to NECCA, sharing a world of physically integrated dance and adaptability that dancers and non-dancers are invited to join.

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