photo of rachel hipzer, flying trapeze and handbalancing coach


Rachel Hipszer moved to Brattleboro to attend NECCA’s ProTrack Program in 2016. Coming from a background in competitive gymnastics, she loves balancing on her hands. In college while studying Marine Science, she joined a local circus troupe where she mainly performed aerial fabric and hand-balancing. After graduating college she started an aerial business and helped co-found Soda City Cirque before deciding she needed a change of scenery. When she’s not finding something to handstand on, you can usually find her flying on the trapeze or hanging out with her two cats.

“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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