How many people does it take to make a sign? Mel Martin, volunteer for New England Center for Circus Arts’ capital campaign effort, has found out over the last two years. “It’s more than one might think,” he says, “especially if it is a 12-foot diameter sign and you’ve never designed a sign before.”
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New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) has received a $75,000 matching grant from the Jane’s Trust. Jane’s Trust offered NECCA the matching grant at the end of 2015. NECCA supporters met the challenge and the match was received in December. The total raised to date is now $1.218 million toward the $2.5 million goal.
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January 2, 2017—New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) is pleased to announce receipt of a $75,000 matching grant from the Jane’s Trust. Jane’s Trust offered NECCA the matching grant at the end of 2015. NECCA supporters met the challenge and the match was received in December.
The total raised to date is now $1.218 million toward the $2.5 million goal.
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It was very big news when Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced earlier this month that it will close after 146 years.
But in Brattleboro, Vermont, the New England Center for Circus Arts will continue training aspiring circus performers. And the staff says that in many ways the future of circus arts has never been brighter.
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A circus performer made a courageous return to the ring after suffering from a tragedy that took both of her legs.
Aimee Hancock has been coaching a professional circus artist for nearly nine years. “She has a lot of experience under her belt she knows her body really well,” said Hancock. “She’s just so encouraging,” said Erin Ball, circus performer.
Ball is a 36-year-old from Ontario and has been performing in circuses since 2008.
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Erin Ball, from Kingston, Ontario, tries to visit the New England Center for Circus Arts at least two or three times a year. Ball a double amputee, takes to the ropes at NECCA for its annual “The Flying Nut 2016: Bratt in Bayou” performance this weekend.
In 2008, Ball started doing circus arts after attending a festival where she saw a person doing a handstand on the arm of a partner. The show inspired her to look for places that she could train and learn the skills that these people were performing. She stumbled onto the website for NECCA after traveling near Vermont.
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The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without the colorful silks and skillful acrobatics of New England Center for Circus Arts’ “The Flying Nut,” happily returning next week for its 8th production. Annually NECCA adapts the timeless Nutcracker story for a different rendition. This year “The Flying Nut 2016: Bratt in Bayou” will bring the magic of carnival-style Mardi Gras to center ring.
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“Imagine a trapeze, a single bar suspended high above a net, free to swing between two platforms. Two women stand on these platforms, one holding the bar in her palms. One launches, lets go and then flips once, twice, three times in open space. She seems to hover for a small eternity before her partner cleanly catches her and the two swing as one. It’s only after they return to the platforms and the bar lingers empty in the air that you realize you have been holding your breath.
When audiences watch the dazzling performances of Cirque de Soleil, the Ringling Brothers or even Vermont’s Circus Smirkus, this is the precise and effortless image that they’re presented. But as the performers soaring through the air, tumbling across the mats or juggling eight clubs in dizzying arcs will tell you, there’s a world of hard work that goes into this demonstration of grace, strength and skill.”
Brattleboro’s Cotton Mill has been home for the young start-up, New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), for nearly 10 years. But as the number of students and classes — and NECCA’s national and international reputation — has grown, the center has clearly outgrown its location. This past September, NECCA celebrated the start of its new home-to-be with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 Town Crier Drive on Putney Road. The new building will be the only custom-built circus arts facility in the United States, built and located here in Brattleboro.
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