photo of daniel gilbert, flying trapeze program director and coach


Flying Trapeze Director

Daniel Gilbert grew up in North Carolina and had absolutely no idea “circus” could be a legitimate career choice (depending on how you define the words, “legitimate”, “career”, and “choice”). He discovered circus as one might expect. A girl. Having to decide between learning to work the trapeze rig and wait tables, he decided to give it a shot and has been up in the air ever since.

Over the last six years, he has taught at over a dozen schools, and performed domestically and internationally. Highlights of his career include; teaching in Costa Rica, working with La Nouba flyers, helping to start Circus of Hope’s flying program, performing at the White House Halloween Party, and a recent tour performing for McLaren Circus in South Africa.

He’s excited to be returning to Brattleboro and looks forward to working with the students at NECCA.

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