• Award Winning Aerialists Elsie & Serenity

    Award Winning Aerialists Elsie & Serenity

    Special Award from the Wuqiao Circus Festival, Bronze Medal at Albacete International Circus Festival, Vermont Governor's Excellence in the Arts Award, American Circus Educators' Excellence in Education Award - Check out our Acts

  • Aerial & Ground Acts

    Aerial & Ground Acts

    We have an ensemble company of world class performers who can offer an array of aerial and ground acts as well as strolling and themed entertainment. - For More Info

  • Special Events

    Special Events

    Let us help you make your event the most talked about experience! Combine our award winning performers with our Freestanding Aerial Rig plus lighting package and have stunning entertainment -- weddings, award ceremonies, holiday parties, etc! - Photo Gallery

  • Aerial Teacher Trainings

    Aerial Teacher Trainings

    Hands on workshops offered around the world for new and experienced teachers on many apparatus - Progressive Teacher Trainings

  • Aerial Equipment for Sale

    Aerial Equipment for Sale

    By Aerialists, For Aerialists! Including regular & custom dyed aerial fabrics, trapezes and the rigging gear needed to use them. - Items Here


Nimble Arts offers technique, creativity and teacher training workshops at colleges, circus schools, dance companies and circuses around the world. Founders Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion aim to improve the opportunities for creative movers and the teachers who elevate them. Elsie and Serenity are recipients of international awards for their work, including most recently the Vermont Governor’s hand picked Walter Cerf Excellence in the Arts Award and the American Circus Educators Excellence in Education Award.

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Click here for a more detailed description of the Aerial Teacher Trainings or scroll down for a list of upcoming workshops by date.



Your knowledge and understanding of the body is very inspiring. . .my journey in this chosen field will flourish as a result of the techniques you taught. S. Mcdonagh, Ireland

Serenity and her Elsie are pioneers in the teaching of aerial arts, and are consummate artists and coaches. L. Witwer, New York City

The course exceeded my expectations – fantastic. I feel inspired and have gained a lot of knowledge for continued development beyond the course. S. Baltusyte, Great Britain

The tutors experience is vast and I’ve learnt so much that I now want to do the next level of the teacher training. K. Middler, England

Brilliant course - I learned so much and am still thriving on everything I got to take away from it. Richly educational, fabulous teaching, greatly relevant material, and incredibly welcoming and encouraging. Anja Meinhardt, Justice in Motion, England

You have opened my eyes to the many considerations that running (or even just supporting) aerial classes involves . . .it is abundantly clear that the quality and content of your courses is second to none. Natasha Mille, Scotland


USA (Vermont): February 20-21, Lyra Teacher Training Foundation Level

USA (Vermont): February 20-21, Lyra Teacher Training Foundation Level
Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner & improving lyra/hoop students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching techniques while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety. Participants will learn new 'tricks' while gaining deeper ability to read how the body moves and the how and why of what makes skills work. We'll explore adaptations for strength and movement capacity to bring success to your student's experience as well as tools for creativity.

Prerequisite: Intro to Teaching Aerials

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USA (Vermont) April 26: Trapeze Building Workshop

USA (Vermont) April 26: Trapeze Building Workshop
Hosted by the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA)
April 26, 2020
3 - 7 pm

Make your own trapeze bar built to your personal specifications. Under the guidance of Serenity Smith Forchion (Nimble Arts), you will learn to splice rope, lash knots, and pad and cover your own bar. Select the perfect size trapeze for you and we'll provide all the rest of the materials. All you need to bring is your own fabric for covering (see below for more details). At the end of the day, you'll leave with your own trapeze and all the information to finish it up just the way you want it.

Included materials:
-Trapeze bar—1" thick solid stainless steel with two stainless steel thimbles welded into position (select your preferred dimensions)
-Two thimbles for splicing the top ends of the ropes
-Rope cut to your length—1"" synthetic (same as the NECCA studio trapezes); or black cotton ropes.
-Toweling for padding the welded thimbles after you splice
-Lashing twine for finishing the splices

NOTE: if you want to learn but don't need your own bar, there is an auditing option.

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USA (Vermont): June 8-12, 2020 Introduction to Teaching Aerials

USA (Vermont): June 8-12, 2020  Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts

This is a 5 day overview to the art of teaching trapeze and aerial fabric, with a focus on spotting techniques, injury prevention, psychology of teaching, basic rigging concepts and class management. This in depth and holistic approach to teaching is appropriate for new teachers and those with experience, and for those who work with youth or adults in a variety of educational environments including circus schools, gymnastics programs, summer camps, fitness studios and more.

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