photo of claire horner-richardson, chinese pole and dance coach


Claire Horner-Richardson’s foundations are in dance, having trained Classical Ballet from the age of 6 and continuing on to years of Modern and Contemporary dance as well as Physical Theater work. Identifying as gender queer, Claire uses they/them pronouns and strives to bring inclusivity and connection for folks of all genders, orientations and identities. Claire trained with dancers and choreographers from around the globe including apprenticing with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel in 2012 and collaborating with Divadlo Continuo Theater in the Czech Republic in 2013. They began focusing on circus arts in 2015 and graduated from the Intensive Profession Program at NECCA in 2017, majoring in Chinese Pole and minoring in Cyr wheel. They are excited about the convergence of dance and circus arts and happy to have the opportunity to share that exploration with the folks at NECCA that they coach. When not in the studio Claire prefers to be in the woods.

“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.”

“This [NECCA] is a good business plan. This creates jobs, economic development, opportunity, but most importantly, it changes kids’ lives.”

“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 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.”

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