Circus Essentials Training Program

June 22 – July 17, 2020

Freestanding rig

This four week online series will challenge your physical and artistic skills with group training and personalized attention. Get back into circus shape or find your new circus groove with a team of coaches and fellow students who will keep you honest about your training and encourage and inspire you to reach your goals. Training alone is hard, so why do it?

You’ll get the best of NECCA with group trainings and one-on-one sessions. We’ll meet three days a week for basics like flexibility, hand balancing and conditioning, plus conversations and creative challenges to keep your artistic side engaged. Plus you’ll get three 1 hr private skills lessons that includes personal training guidance with a coach in your focus area, and access to NECCA’s online course library.


Cost: $1200
Instructors: Elsie Smith, Serenity Forchion, Jenna Ciotta, Marlon Archer, etc.
Age: 18 & up
Schedule: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11am – 3:30pm EST
Plus three 1 hr private lessons per week, scheduled individually with each student
Participants are encouraged to train at least one more day each week.
Prerequisites: This program is for students ages 18 and up with a current circus arts practice who are looking to intensify and broaden their circus training. This can be your ‘get into shape’ fitness program or a way to deepen your professional circus training journey.

More about the program

Circus activities that you can do in the Circus Essentials program include anything that you have access to the equipment needed for training. Use your living room, your back porch, your aerial rig or a training studio! If you can find space to train it, and have reliable internet access, we can help you!

We will meet three days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) for 4 1/2 hours of group training, including a warm up, flexibility, and conditioning. We’ll end each day with specialized workshops and creativity sessions, including an opportunity to share what you are working on with your peers. You will also have three one-hour private lessons each week—just you and a coach to help you with your specific needs in your focus area and helping you develop and refine your fitness plan.

We will be meeting via zoom sessions. Therefore, students training on material that has potential for physical injury must have another person nearby for safety reasons. This person needs to be capable of dialing 911 in case of an emergency.

If you are in Vermont and would like to use NECCA’s trapezium for your private lessons and personal training time, please indicate this in your application form. An additional fee of $90 will apply to cover your Members Only time and the initial orientation to the space.

Participant should have the following items on hand:

  • Yoga roll (36″ long is ideal, but the shorter options will work)
  • 2 large (5″) yoga blocks
  • 2 lacrosse or tennis balls
  • Variety pack of Therabands (light, medium and heavy, appx 4′ long each)

How do I apply?

Fill out the application form and include a video of your current skills. Please include any fitness, sport or circus activities you are currently doing, including your desired focus area, and demonstrate as many of these core skills as you can:
1. Forward roll & dive roll
2. Cartwheel: (both sides)
3. Handstand: against a wall or free-standing
4. Back bridge: push up from laying on ground
5. Splits: left, to straddle (center), to right
6. Pull ups: please show that your feet are not on the ground at the start/end of the skill

To read more about the program click HERE for an info sheet.


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