NECCA New England Center for Circus Arts Discover Gay Brattleboro Vermont Attractions Frog Meadow New England's Best All Male Gay Resort in Southern VermontThe New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) is a not-for-profit circus school based in nearby Brattleboro, VT. It was founded in 2007 to offer people of all ages and abilities a unique opportunity to experience the magical & captivating world of circus arts.

In NECCA’s welcoming, safe environment, recreational and professional students alike can explore the charms and challenges of circus arts and gain a solid foundation of techniques and skills across a broad spectrum of traditional circus forms as well as “new circus,” aerial dance and physical theater.

NECCA instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds including social circus, dance, creative movement, and a wide variety of professional circuses. All students share the spaces at the school – rather than segregating students from various programs, they are encouraged to learn in a collaborative, supportive area where all have equal access.

NECCA New England Center for Circus Arts Circus Spectacular Discover Gay Brattleboro Vermont Attractions Frog Meadow New England's Best All Male Gay Resort in Southern VermontDon’t miss the “Circus Spectacular” presented by Brattleboro’s New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA)! What could be better that nimble athletic bodies performing acrobatic feats for your pleasure & delight?


  • We’ll see you at the 7.30PM Saturday March 2 performance for a turnout of the region’s LGBTQ community at this annual super-fun world class event! It’s a great way to socially reconnect during mid-winter and support an organization that truly makes a difference and nourishes our local LGBTQ community!
    • Door Prizes include: Flying Trapeze Lessons for two, Frog Meadow $200 Gift Certificate and OutRyders LGBT Ski & Snowboard Club Membership for two!

What’s a Circus Spectacular you ask? For this very special, once-a-year fundraising event, the New England Center for Circus Arts brings together professional performers and NECCA alumni from around the world to donate their talents to raise money for NECCA’s outreach and scholarship programs*. High flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers will bring laughter and awe to the Latchis stage for 2 shows only. If you are unable to join us for the LGBTQ outing Saturday night, please consider going to the 1PM Matinee on Sunday!

NECCA’s annual Circus Spectacular presents high-flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers who bring thrills, laughter and awe to Brattleboro’s historic Latchis Theater stage!

  • The 2019 Circus Spectacular program lineup honors the historical traditions of circus as well as the breadth of what modern circus art is bringing to entertainment!
  • From Charlie Chaplin to spoken word aerials, from vaudeville exuberance to storytelling through high-flying aerials, this is a show that spans the ages of circus!
  • For the first time ever, the show will include an animal act, a dog and her human, presented by award winning clown Diane Wasnak. Wasnak’s resume includes featured clown for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere, acrobatics and mayhem for the Pickle Family Circus and various TV appearances, films stunts and international tours!

The 2019 Celebrity host Ringmaster is Michael Trautman.  Variously identified as a visual comic, performance artist, new vaudevillian, mime (gasp), physical comedian, storyteller, magician, and fool, he claims only to be a clown. . .and not a very traditional clown at that. Trautman was the star clown in the national tour of OOPS! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show and his resume includes Broadway and TV and his own solo touring shows. Trautman will add wit and wackiness to the Circus Spectacular as the connective entertainment between the acts.

From Canada, joining the lineup is LEGacy Circus, a contemporary circus arts duo featuring artists Erin Ball and Vanessa Furlong.  Erin, a professional acrobat and aerialist, is a double below knee amputee who uses various leg attachments on floor and in air.  Vanessa is a professional acrobat and aerialist who experiments in these fields using stilts. Together they will present a duo trapeze act that challenges the perceptions of disability.

Other performers include:

  • Jan Damm – Most recently lead act with the Big Apple Circus, Jan will perform a high energy vaudeville style diabolo act.
  • Eric Allen – From acrobatics with Circus Smirkus to clowning with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to tight wire with the famous Wallenda’s on the Big Apple Circus, Eric has performed many variations of circus on stages, in arenas and under tents.
  • Susan Murphy is one of the original devisers of low-to-the-floor dance trapeze, an art form that began with Terry Sendgraff in Berkeley, CA in 1978. Susan holds a Master’s degree in modern dance and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute for Movement and performance highlights include Lincoln Center and the Skirball Center of the

    NECCA’s C Outreach and Scholarship Programs help at-risk, LGBTQ youth and provides them with a nurturing LGBT-friendly environment that they can call home!

    Performing Arts.

  • Lindsey Culbert-Olds started at Circus Smirkus with her aerial straps and now returns to our stage between a contract with Cirque du Soleil and an upcoming tour with Switzerland’s Circus Monti.
  • NECCA founders Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion will present their unique, award winning duo trapeze act, built in a barn in Brattleboro after years of touring other acts with Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. and the Pickle Family Circus.
  • And returning is audience favorite Montreal based mime Mario Diamond, who will in turn bring Charlie Chaplin to life as he is one of the only performers in the world authorized by the Chaplin family to perform as him.

Come connect with friends old and new, see dazzling performers from around the globe – while supporting LGBTQ and at-risk youth!

The Circus Spectacular raises funds to support NECCA’s transformative outreach programming and scholarships. Circus education offers aspiration, expression, empowerment, innovation, strength, grace, a place of belonging and joy. People can’t fly, but at NECCA they do!

NECCA’s outreach programming and scholarships include:

  • After-school programs to specialized instruction for at-risk, LGBT and questioning youth who are provided with the opportunity to discover and develop themselves and grow in an unconditionally supportive, non-judgmental and nurturing LGBT-friendly environment that they can call home.
  • Workshops for cancer survivors and people with disabilities.
  • Performances in area group homes and rehabilitation centers.
  • Subsidy for need-based scholarships.

Over a third of those enrolled in NECCA’s programs (professionals, adults and kids) are either LGBTQ or and/or are being raised in same-sex parent households. NECCA is an oasis of support, trust, love and positive reinforcement for these LGBTQ kids, adults and families!

The Circus Spectacular takes place at the historic Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, a restored Works Project Administration theater, built in 1938.

Click here for more NECCA information, class schedules and full calendar of events

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Frog Meadow Farm Bed & Breakfast and Massage Oasis for Men is a welcoming, non-judgmental place for men of all colors and backgrounds to unwind and shed the trappings of busy modern life.

Situated on 63 beautiful & private acres, Frog Meadow frequently hosts men’s gatherings, workshops and retreats. Hosts Dave & Scott are committed to providing a welcoming environment to re-connect with nature and yourself.

The South RoomFrog Meadow is only 4 miles from the popular Rock River swimming hole, 10 miles from Brattleboro, VT and 30 minutes Mount Snow & Stratton Mountain ski resorts.

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