photo of Elsie Smith, Co-founder of NECCA

Co-Founder, Director of Programming

Elsie Smith

Elsie Smith is a founder of NECCA, Nimble Arts and Gemini Trapeze. Together with her twin sister she performed for Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco for 4 years as a duo trapezist. Her performing experience includes Cirque Productions, Cirque Voila, Women Who Fly, Sandglass Theater and numerous television and corporate appearances. Elsie has taught and choreographed for many companies including Pilobolus, Cirque du Soleil, Canopy Aerial Dance Studio, Air Dance Bernasconi, Umo Ensemble, Circus Smirkus, Actor’s Gymnasium and Sea World San Antonio. She has a Coaches Certification in trampoline and she and Serenity have developed a unique curriculum and teaching methodology for aerial circus arts. They maintain parallel teaching, coaching and performing careers.

Elsie lives off the grid in a small cabin in Brattleboro, VT where her husband raises pigs and bakes raspberry pies for circus students.

Contact Elsie for questions about Residency Training for Individuals and the Company in Residence program, inquiries about the facility, among other things, at

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