photo of Elsie Smith, Co-founder of NECCA

Elsie Smith

co-Founder / Director of Programming

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

“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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