headshot of margaret butterfield, flying trapeze coach


Margaret Butterfield began flying in 2009 at TSNY Boston when she went in search of something to relieve the stress of her academic life, and she immediately fell in love. She has a doctorate in Ancient Christian History from Harvard and has taught at Smith and Mount Holyoke, but finds flying to be much more fun. She’s been coaching flying since 2011, and coaches at NECCA and Revolution Trapeze in Massachusetts. In addition to both flying and catching, Margaret also enjoys the circus disciplines of solo and duo static trapeze and straps. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner Henry Wheaton, co-owner and coach at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA, one dog, two cats, and the occasional foster kitten and (human) houseguest.

“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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