headshot of meghan shumway, flying trapeze coach


Meghan Shumway’s first introduction to circus was trying flying trapeze on vacation in 2014. She was immediately hooked. When she returned home, she began flying at TSNY New York occasionally, which quickly turned into as often as possible. Meghan started flying at NECCA in 2015 and shortly after also began exploring duo and solo static trapeze. Meghan works by day as a transportation
acoustical engineer and is incredibly happy to moonlight as a trapeze coach to share the joys of circus with others, especially those who may not have thought it was within their reach.

“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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