Headshot of Lizzy Schwartz, head rigger and flying trapeze coach.


Rigger & Coach

Lizzy Schwartz first found the world of circus when she took a flying trapeze class in Austin Texas in 2006. She immediately fell in love with circus both as an art form and as a workout. She began performing and coaching professionally in 2009, traveling across the U.S., as well as internationally, balancing flying trapeze and various aerial disciplines. A few highlights from her resume include the Flying High Circus at Florida State, the E.C. Flyers at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Airborne Arts, Circus of Hope, Fly! Boise, the Wonderland Flyers at the Whitehouse, and the Flying Kestrels at McLaren’s Circus in South Africa.

Lizzy is a graduate of the Intensive Professional Program at NECCA, and is thrilled to be returning to teach and help the Flying community here grow.

“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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