Ongoing Virtual Workshop

Going Pro – Being Prepared:
Everything That Happens Before You Step Into the Ring

About this Going Pro Workshop

Performers spend a lot of time preparing for their time on the stage. But what about all the things that happen when you are off stage? In this workshop, we’ll talk about what will help make you prepared, relaxed, and easy to work with so that you can shine on stage and get hired again. We’ll share our expertise with you for packing, travel, rigging, communication, backstage preparation, and more so you’ll never be caught out feeling unprepared.

This workshop includes:

  • 90-minute live workshop including Q&A with the instructor
  • On-demand video link of the workshop
  • Downloadable resources
  • A discount when bundled with other Going Pro workshops

Can’t make it to the live workshop? Purchase the workshop and we’ll send you a recording and all documents to view anytime.


$40 for one workshop
$35 each if you purchase all 5 workshops

Elsie Smith

Ongoing Virtual Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who is starting their performing career or for more seasoned performers who want to learn how to take the stress out of preparing for gigs.


Elsie Smith is a founder of NECCA and Nimble Arts. Together with her twin sister, Serenity, she is an award-winning aerialist who has performed for Cirque du Soleil, the International Festival de Circo (Spain), and the China Wuqiau International Circus Festival. Elsie has taught and choreographed for over 30 years, including founding the longest-running professional circus training program in the United States. She is a founding member of the American Circus Educators Association’s Safety Committee and the American Circus Alliance. In 2021 and 2022, she served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a judge for VivaFest and other competitions. She has a passion for introducing new circus artists to the world of professional performing.

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