August 13 – 17

Intro to Teaching Aerials

A Nimble Arts Teacher Training Hosted by NECCA

About this Teacher Training

This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning to teach the basic elements of trapeze and aerial fabric to children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools following the Nimble Arts philosophy and methodology. Materials that will be covered include safety & spotting techniques; teaching methods; rigging & equipment maintenance; preventing chronic injuries; and skill progressions for beginning tricks.



Nimble Arts

16 and up.

Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10-6 pm
Sunday: 10-1 pm & 2 – 6pm (Sample Class at 4 pm)
Monday: 3 – 9 pm
Tuesday: 3 – 9 pm

REQUIRED: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: “Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1” prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier! Please contact Elsie at with any questions.


Nimble Arts was founded by identical twin aerialists Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion to create inventive works of theatrical circus. Their own performing resumes include duo swinging trapeze with Cirque du Soleil, aerials and acrobatics with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, the Pickle Family Circus and many other traditional through contemporary style circuses around the world including guest performance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival,. They are Bronze Medal winners at the Albacete Circus Festival, and received a Special Award at the invitational Wuqiao Circus Festival in China for their unique spinning duo trapeze act. Their Nimble Arts ensemble includes performers formerly with Cirque Eloize, Circa, Big Apple Circus, Pilobolus and others. Elsie & Serenity received the Vermont Governor’s Walter Cerf Excellence in the Arts Award and the American Circus Educators Excellence in Education Award. In 2007, Elsie & Serenity founded the New England Center for Circus Arts now the leading circus school in the United States.

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