photo of nettie lane, necca coach


In 2006, Nettie Lane left her job as Education Director for LandPaths, an environmental non-profit, to devote herself to her new passion – circus arts. In 2008, she moved to Vermont to attend the Professional Track Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts where she focused on Trapeze and Duo Acrobatics. Nettie’s interest in theatrical clowning led her to study with Giovanni Fusetti, Paola Coletto and Aitor Basauri. Currently, the German wheel has captured her imagination and she has been training and collaborating with it ever since.

Nettie has performed with Flynn Creek Circus, Zany Umbrella Circus, Art Farm-Circus for a Fragile Planet, New England Center for Circus Arts, Nimble Arts, Saavy Productions, Overhead Arts and the Payomet Performing Arts Center and Droplet Dance. Her festival appearances have included Life is Good, Wanderlust, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Petaluma Rivertown Revival, and the New York Clown Festival. In 2015, she assisted Giovanni Fusetti in the International Clown Training in Boulder, Colorado.

Nettie’s curiosity of the world and love of travel has taken her many places (trekking in the Cordillera Blancas in Peru, walking the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage route from Germany to Spain, hiking to volcanos in Vanuatu). She has happily landed in Brattleboro, Vermont where in addition to being on staff for NECCA, she teaches classes on theatrical clowning and works for Circus Smirkus as a Residency Artist. Nettie loves sharing the joys of circus with all ages and is very excited for NECCA’s new circus building that will break ground in 2016.

“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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