My son. . .ended up absolutely loving camp this week, . . . It was so clear how doing circus empowers kids to feel good about themselves and their bodies and their energetic kinesthetic selves.
Something amazing that I’ve noticed as the semester went by is how much strength I’ve built, physically and mentally. I’m not so afraid to try new things, and I like challenging myself. I remember in the beginning of the class I couldn’t invert in the air on fabric, and now I can not only invert but do a star drop and go into my double foot lock without coming back to the ground first. I’ve gained so much more confidence in myself as I’ve achieved new skills. Not only that, just being able to do something that I don’t think I have the ability to do makes me feel so proud of myself.
I love the intuitive, athletic, and creative approach to circus - being able to use my "disabled" body in new and liberating ways has been the best therapy I could ever get. It's such fun to be around others who are using their bodies with such skill and agility - very inspiring.
We are very grateful for the scholarship support you've provided . . and I can't tell you how grateful I am to have such an incredible resource as NECCA in our community. Like other circus parents, I found myself saying, "What will we do with this kid?!" very early in his life. Circus has been the answer to that, and we could not be in a better place for it.
NECCA is one of the most wonderful artistic institutions in the area. Their performances are consistently top-notch even with a wide variety of ages and abilities represented. To have such a world-class facility offering performances here in Brattleboro is amazing. I'd never seen this kind of circus before I went to a NECCA show. No elephants, no cannons, no tricks, just amazing and sometimes mindblowing artistry and skill. Worth every penny and then some.
I have not felt this beautiful since my surgery. Just as cancer teaches you that you can live through stresses you never imagined, this program teaches you that your body can fly and do things you never imagined.
"I found aerial work to be fundamental in reshaping my relationship between mind and body. When you have a physical disease I think it is common for people to start viewing their own bodies as something of a let-down. When I started aerial I didn't have the strength to do a push up, but found it inspiring much more so than rote weight training at the gym! I know it is not for everyone, but for me, aerial work helped me to start viewing my body as a good friend again and as something to be proud of for what it can do and something that could make me feel good again after many years of being a problem."
Thank you for Boot Camp. I don't think I have ever benefitted so much in such a little period of time throughout my circus career.
I want to say how wonderful it was to walk into an open, warm and receptive school. The other front desk staff went far and beyond to make me feel at "home" and the coaches I worked with were spot on perfect. It takes great skill to listen and coach "hard" at the same time. . .It was a pleasure to train at NECCA for 10 days.
I've recommended your program to everyone I know in the circus industry. Last year's Trapeze Teacher Training remains the best money I've ever spent on continued education in this field.
All of the coaches you've employed are so gifted and the students you've collected over the years are changing the circus world through your teachings.
What an amazing time Harper had at her birthday events. . .Our whole family wound up trying the trapeze, and I think we all surprised ourselves thanks to the gentle guidance and encouragement of our instructors.
I just wanted to take a moment to say how much fun I had . . . in my private lesson. The teacher was fabulous, and it was definitely worth the 8 hour drive!
There may be people who are better at aerials or juggling, there may be someone who's thinner or prettier or has cooler clothes, and there may be someone who thinks they're better than you, but no matter what there will never be another me. Circus arts taught me that I'm unique, and that's totally awesome.
What makes NECCA special to me is that besides teaching tricks, the coaches are very aware of what is good for the body and how to perform tricks so that the body is not hurt.
We had our twins, in your tots classes last year. . .Both girls qualified for EI because of gross motor delays when we signed up, and they left the class ahead of their age group. . . Your program did an unbelievable job not only giving my girls confidence and strength, but allowing them to feel creative with their bodies like all toddlers should.
NECCA is an unbelievably fantastic resource that has given my daughter strength, confidence, agility, artistry, and a close family of like-minded souls. Not sure where she would have found her place if not for NECCA.
Where was Fabric when I was a teenager?! It just might have been the antidote for those tumultuous years, with its perfect balance of strength and flexibility, concentration and perseverance, sweat and grace, exhilaration and calculated daring.
Working at NECCA and being amongst all of the driven, creative and loving humans here has helped me grow and change so much.
The kids had a total blast. . .we really appreciate NECCA reaching out to us so that we can all work together to serve our kids better. They were so centered, and grounded, and ready to get back to academics when they came back to school - and that's exactly what we had hoped for them!
I came to you because I truly feel that you and your school are the safest, and have the highest quality instructors I know of, the best in your business... All of you are an inspiration to me.
We had some friends visiting. . .we were all over 65. Initially, everyone was concerned with how well they would do, what they would look like and if they were up to the exercises. The instructor was soft spoken, patient and helpful in assisting us through the exercises. Proving again that all things are possible with the right attitude.
I have traveled around the world teaching and performing circus since 2008 and have yet to find another environment like NECCA. The supportive coaching, the caliber of technique, the welcoming community is unparalleled and lends to creating not only great circus but great people as well.
I appreciate the way you teach us how to prepare, protect, respect and take care of our bodies. . .to develop our inside awareness of every single muscle and how we connect them together. This kind of training makes me feel I'm going to do circus during my whole life and not just when I'm young!
NECCA encourages individual creativity and exploration while offering scientific, objective reasoning for foundational concepts (i.e. good technique for shoulder health). The circus community can be competitive and scary, but when I come to NECCA, I feel that every staff member and instructor cares about my well-being and my success. I feel safe and confident that I'm receiving some of the best instruction in the world.
I see NECCA as an intense extension of my home base circus school . . . by attending workshops or lessons I can learn from coaches with more experience than some of my instructors.
NECCA was a beautiful, accepting atmosphere. Where I train I have heard a lot of negativity and competition. . .At NECCA everyone was accepting that people can be anywhere in their circus journey and made it a safe place to train and have fun without comparing myself to others.
The instruction is fantastic. Every time I return to NECCA, I leave with skills that will continue to help me improve and the encouragement to do so. It's a welcoming community of instructors and staff that genuinely seem interested in all students. I feel my training outside of NECCA has had gaps (learning higher level skills, but lacking some foundation skills). Coming to NECCA has allowed me to address some of those gaps and work towards being a better aerial student.
I love the variety of classes and the small class size. The trainers are more knowledgeable than any other gym I've trained at.
I see NECCA as a place where people who want to do something with Circus in their lives go to train.
NECCA is a great supplement to my home studio and a great place to take my training to a different level.
During my year in the Professional Training Program at NECCA, I was incredibly lucky to train under what I consider to be one of the finest circus coaches in the country. . .Today, years later, my coach . . .is still my mentor. . .I consider my year at NECCA to have been a vital incubator for the physical and artistic qualities that would later grow into a career that has put me on stages around the globe.
The group had a blast. They're sore, exhausted, and excited about this new thing they just found out about, which is exactly what I had been hoping for. They were very impressed by everything they saw and by the coaches and by the art itself.. .they left a very positive lasting impression of circus.
I love. . .the positive attitude, the can do approach of the coaches as well as their expertise both as teachers and performers. I also LOVE the mix of professional, not so professional and the mix of all ages. Its just lovely.
"... why are you always so happy?" "because at my High School I get to do Circus every day!!" Student from the WRCC / NECCA program
I wanted to thank you for a most magnificent week. Aerial intensive was a gift to me on many levels. You all operate a top notch program that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone pursuing circus arts. I was amazed at how little joint pain I was experiencing after all the hard work. I attribute that to the thorough stretching regimen . . . . .
I have studied a lot of anatomy in college and then again from a Yoga perspective. It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to learn. I left the aerial teacher training feeling like I understand my hollow body better then I ever have. I'm excited to add what I've learned at NECCA to my collection of studies and be able to share my knowledge to keep new aerialists safe as I venture into teaching. I have definitely found another wonderful resource of knowledge in the world. I hope to come back and study with you all again soon.
It was a great experience. Zeb was a wonderful teacher, encouraging but not condescending. He makes it look so graceful and fluid. You and your team do good work!