WELCOME

OUR MISSION

OVERVIEW

CONTACT INFORMATION

TYPES OF CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

SESSION CLASSES

WORKSHOPS

YOUTH CAMPS

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

PRIVATE LESSONS

OPEN TRAINING

FLYING TRAPEZE

PARTIES AND EVENTS

OUTREACH PROGRAMMING

NECCA POLICIES

IN THE LOBBY

PREPARING FOR CLASS

DURING CLASS AND TRAINING

AT WINSTON PROUTY

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A STUDENT

DROP OFF/PICK UP OF YOUTH STUDENTS

GENERAL

STUDENTS 5 AND UNDER

STUDENTS AGE 6-11

STUDENTS AGE 12-18

OPEN TRAINING POLICIES

OPEN STUDIO

MEMBERS ONLY

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT POLICIES

ENROLLMENT

Session Classes, Workshops, and Camps

Private Lessons

Programs requiring permission or acceptance

Drop-ins

Makeups

PAYMENT POLICIES

Scholarships

Pay Plans

Joining Late

Discounts

CANCELLATIONS & WITHDRAWALS

If a Student needs to Cancel

If NECCA needs to Cancel

Weather-Related Cancellations

OTHER POLICIES

STUDENT/EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTH STUDENTS

MANDATORY REPORTING

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

NON-MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

CONTRIBUTIONS AND VOLUNTEERING

WELCOME 

OUR MISSION

At NECCA, the transformative power of circus arts enables a diverse and inclusive community of artists, teachers and students to realize their dreams.

OVERVIEW

Circus has been combining artistry and athleticism, awe and wonder, joy and playfulness, with a touch of magic for over 250 years. Here at NECCA, we believe that the many benefits of circus education should be available to anyone who wants to learn. Circus Arts can be a significant benefit to physical, mental and emotional health and we are dedicated to providing expert, specialized instruction to kids, recreational students, hobbyists, as well as pre-professionals and professionals. Whether you are looking to challenge yourself farther than you know you can go, or are just looking for a creative community, our coaches are devoted to challenging and inspiring each student where they are and focused on helping each individual meet their specific goals.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website: www.necenterforcircusarts.org

Phone: 802-254-9780

Social Media: Facebook Instagram

Locations (Brattleboro, VT):  

Trapezium: 10 Town Crier Drive

Winston Prouty: 60 Austine Drive

Email

General Info, Classes, Workshops, Registration & Billing -  info@necenterforcircusarts.org

Advertising - communications@necenterforcircusarts.org

Facilities - esmith@necenterforcircusarts.org

 Private Lessons - scheduler@necenterforcircusarts.org

Outreach programing - outreach@necenterforcircusarts.org

Press - ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org

ProTrack - jhodgson@necenterforcircusarts.org

Youth Troupe - ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org

Residency - esmith@necenterforcircusarts.org

Flying Trapeze - dgilbert@necenterforcircusarts.org

TYPES OF CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

NECCA offers a variety of classes, workshops and programs to fit every level and interest. Visit https://www.necenterforcircusarts.org/learn/ for the most up to date information and to see what’s coming up. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, just let us know. There’s always more in the works.

SESSION CLASSES

Session Classes meet once a week for several weeks at a time. We have classes for all ages, youth and adults, from beginner to advanced in multiple disciplines.  These run throughout the year with the following approximate schedule and are a perfect way to get started and try something new.

WORKSHOPS

Our workshops offer focused training sessions in a specialized discipline. From an afternoon, to a multi-week immersive experience, our workshops offer a focused investigation and concentrated training with NECCA’s world class coaches and visiting instructors.

YOUTH CAMPS

For students age 5-17, our youth camps run during summer weeks and school breaks. Students have a chance to try something new and to delve deep into their favorite circus skills along with like-minded creative and energetic kids in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

From full time guided training to flexible independent residencies, we have options for aspiring professionals, working artists, and companies. Our ProTrack program is a full-time, 3-year program designed to equip today’s professional artists with the tools they need to succeed in the business. The Residency program is for the artist or artist-in-training with specific goals they want to achieve in a mid-term timeline. It is largely self-guided and includes hours of dedicated training space as well as check-ins. Our Company in Residence program, made possible in part by a grant the National Endowment for the Arts, is by application and is designed for companies in creation looking to devise a show or polish an existing performance.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are fully customizable and allow students to work solo or in small groups on their desired apparatus with individualized coach attention. These can be scheduled as a one-of or as a regular occurrence on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. For more information or to book a private lesson, click HERE.

OPEN TRAINING

Any regular or session students are invited to attend our Open Studios that occur weekly throughout the year. Approved or invited students may sign up for Members Only training and come in to train at designated times. For more information on Open Studio & Members Only, click HERE.

FLYING TRAPEZE

In addition to a full range of flying trapeze session classes, we offer drop ins and other recurring flying events. Flying trapeze is appropriate for any level student and is a great way to try out circus for the first time. For more information about flying see our flying trapeze page.

PARTIES AND EVENTS

Our facilities and coaches are available for birthday parties, corporate events, and custom workshops. For more information, email our scheduler at scheduler@necenterforcircusarts.com

OUTREACH PROGRAMMING

NECCA is committed to improving the lives of others through the benefits of circus. We are constantly adding to our programming in schools, after-school, and with communities that are underserved or just those that would benefit from learning or watching circus arts in action. If you have an idea for NECCA outreach OR if you would like to become involved, volunteer or donate to support our outreach programming, email outreach@necenterforcircusarts.com for more information.

NECCA POLICIES

IN THE LOBBY

PREPARING FOR CLASS

DURING CLASS AND TRAINING

AT WINSTON PROUTY

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A STUDENT

DROP OFF/PICK UP OF YOUTH STUDENTS

GENERAL

STUDENTS 5 AND UNDER

STUDENTS AGE 6-11

STUDENTS AGE 12-18

OPEN TRAINING POLICIES

OPEN STUDIO

MEMBERS ONLY

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT POLICIES

ENROLLMENT

All registrations and payments must go through our registration software, called “ASAP Connected.” You can create or view your account at any time by going to: necenterforcircusarts.asapconnected.com. If you have any trouble finding what you are looking for, contact info@necenterforcircusarts.com.

Session Classes, Workshops, and Camps

Private Lessons

Programs requiring permission or acceptance

Drop-ins

Makeups

PAYMENT POLICIES

Payment in full is due in order to confirm registration and enrollment in a program. The only exceptions are programs that are on a payment schedule. Any student who has not paid in full or is not up to date on their payment schedule may be asked not to participate.

Scholarships

NECCA strives to create as many opportunities for scholarships to as many students as possible. A key point of our mission is to make the benefits of circus arts education available to anyone and everyone interested. This is made possible by the support of donors, sponsors, grants and proceeds from our Circus Spectacular performance each March. For more information or to apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship page.

Pay Plans

To inquire about a payment plan, email info@necenterforcircusarts.com. Unless the program is designed otherwise, all payment plans must be complete by the start of the program.

Joining Late

Some session classes may be able to accommodate students who would like to join after the open enrollment period ends. This often depends on the level and subject of the class as well as availability. If you are interested in joining a class mid-session, email info@necenterforcircusarts.com. Enrollments during the open enrollment period of a session cannot not be prorated.

Discounts

CANCELLATIONS & WITHDRAWALS 

If a Student needs to Cancel

If NECCA needs to Cancel

Weather-Related Cancellations

OTHER POLICIES

STUDENT/EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS

For the safety of our students and staff, any consensual romantic relationships between NECCA staff and a NECCA adult student MUST be disclosed to management to ensure that it does not affect the student’s experience at NECCA or other students’ experience at NECCA or the ability of the staff person to perform their job. No relationships of this nature are permitted between NECCA staff and a student under the age of 18.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTH STUDENTS

Our coaches love that our youth students see them as friends and mentors. However, our staff will not reach out to students under the age of 18 online. If a youth student contacts a NECCA staff member online, they are permitted to choose whether or not to accept, but if they accept any communications must be made public.  

MANDATORY REPORTING

Some of NECCA’s youth programming falls under the mandatory reporting guidelines and some may not. However, all NECCA coaches and staff are required by NECCA to act as mandatory reporters for every program involving students under the age of 18. This means that all staff are required to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

If you or someone else has a medical emergency, please notify the nearest staff member immediately. The staff person will assess the situation and may need to follow our incident/accident protocol which may include completing a report (anything more than basic first aid), requiring the individual seek medical attention or calling 911. Anyone who falls in a manner that could have caused damage to their head, neck or spine will not be moved and 911 will be called.

NON-MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

Fire, Earthquake or Evacuation - Staff, students and visitors should leave through the nearest exit. Staff should guide visitors to the nearest exit.

Tornado or Severe Weather - Staff, students and visitors should gather in bathrooms and away from windows.

Lockdown Procedure - When there is an immediate threat making it more dangerous to exit the building than to stay inside, a lockdown procedure may be necessary. This is designed to secure the safety off all occupants of the building. If it is safe to exit the building, exit the building. If not, students, staff and visitors should go to the bathrooms or the storage room behind the trampoline wall. The storage room doors lock automatically if the tape is removed from the latch. Bathroom doors can be barricaded or wedged shut with a door-stopper. Call 911 and wait for emergency services to give the all clear. There is an internet-ready computer in the back of the storage area available if needed.

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Throughout the year, NECCA provides opportunities for students to perform if they choose. It is not required, but performing can be a tremendous asset to connect with your circus training on a deeper level and share with others. We offer opportunities including our holiday show, community performances, end of session demonstrations, monthly Beta nights and more. Talk to your coach if you are interested in performing and they will connect you with some options and opportunities.

CONTRIBUTIONS AND VOLUNTEERING

NECCA is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity of our donors for programming and operating support. We have a direct impact on the students and families with whom we work, and we also have a dynamic relationship with the community in which we live. We strive to spread the positive effects of circus - fitness, joy, connection, curiosity, empowerment - by building ties to local service organizations to foster our presence outside our physical doors. You can have a direct impact as well by helping us provide the benefits of circus and circus education to larger audiences. For more information on how your donation could help, contact jhodgson@necenterforcircusarts.com.

We are grateful for donations large and small. To donate, click here.

Interested in taking a personal role in helping NECCA? There are constantly volunteer needs and opportunities. For volunteer opportunities, see our iVolunteer Page. And thank you.