photo of Katie Schmidt, NECCA Coach, performing on dance trapeze


Youth Camp Program Director

Katie Schmidt has been an aerialist since 2002 and been teaching since 2009. She began her circus adventure at Canopy Studio in Athens, Georgia at the age of 11, where she trained and later shadowed to become a teacher under Susan Murphy. As Canopy is a dance/single point trapeze focused studio, that became her primary focus. In addition she began exploring and performing on fabric and a variety of metal equipment. In 2010, she went to further her circus studies at New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont, in their nine month Intensive Program, majoring in wire walking and minoring in duo tippy lyra. In 2012, Katie returned to Canopy Studio to teach all ages and join the Repertory Company. In August 2013, she became the Teen and Youth Coordinator, building a teen program from the ground-up, directing multiple teen shows, and providing a safe, fun place for teens and young adults to explore the circus arts. Her time there emphasized the importance of being out in the community letting all ages know about how aerial arts can be great for the mind and body. In August 2015, Katie decided to move back to Vermont to continue studying circus and broaden her teaching horizon.

“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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