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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 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. 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 - 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 aerial classes involves. It is abundantly clear that the quality and content of your courses is second to none. Natasha Mille, Scotland
January 14 & 15, 2023: Dissecting Aerial Symposium (England / Virtual)
Serenity is presenting at the annual Dissecting Aerial Symposium offered by in person and virtually.
Two days of presentations, talks and practical sessions that investigate the body in motion, particularly while flying. Dissecting Aerial 2023 will be live and in-person in Brighton AND live-streamed globally.
Showcasing practice, pedagogical and personal approaches to healthy and sustainable practice from aerial artists, researchers, body workers, medical and sports science practitioners from across the globe.
Join us in person at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in Brighton, from your home or personal studio, or with a group of peers/students as a Virtual Studio Hub to listen and be lead through 12 different presentation sessions (with space for Q&A’s) from world renowned practitioners and speakers.
January 23: Virtual Act Pitch from the American Circus Alliance
January 23, 12 pm (virtual)
The ACA is coordinating a ‘pitch your act’ virtual audition for artists to present themselves to producers/companies. As of this moment, attending companies include @the7fingers, @flynncreekcircus @hideawaycircus @circusflora @piccolozoppe and @venardoscircus.
This event is for ACA members only. Not a member yet? No problem! Join now at American Circus Alliance
To submit your act (deadline Dec. 27), go to
Act Pitch Submission Form
January 27 - 29, 2023: Vertical Dance (Brattleboro, VT (USA)
Friday, Jan. 27 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Indoor Weekend Immersion at NECCA, Brattleboro Vermont (USA)
Fee: $350 plus $50 equipment fee
Age: 16 and up or by permission of instructor
A unique workshop where we dance on the walls and change the rules of gravity! Using harnesses and rope tools from rock climbers and arborists, you’ll learn the grace and weightlessness available when we turn the world on its side. This workshop is excellent for any movers curious to dance and tumble with a weightlessness that allows for softer impacts and a more gentle way of flipping and flying.
Prerequisites: None! Saddles, ropes, helmets, safety glasses, and ascending/descending options will all be provided by Renaissance Acres Tree Care. Additional aerial dance style harnesses will be provided by Nimble Arts. You may bring whatever harnesses or gear you have (please mark it carefully for identification so we know it is yours) and it must pass inspection prior to use.
The Instructor: Serenity Smith Forchion
February 17 - 19: Leveling up Aerial Teachers' Symposium (Brattleboro, VT)LATS @NECCA Info & Registration
Three jam-packed days of hands-on education, inspiration, camaraderie, and the opportunity to join other aerial educators to celebrate our passion!
As aerial coaches, we are asked every day to find new ways to teach our students and bring them new skills to learn. This symposium will bring us together to consider questions and share expertise. Led by Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion—each with over 30 years of coaching experience—and joined by other NECCA coaches, this will be a deep dive into aerial arts education with an up-close-and-personal experience that will inspire you and feed your aerial teacher spirit. Topics can include progressions for release moves, safety line set up and use, spotting for dynamic skills, and hints and tips for moving your students into new, more advanced material for both bar and vertical aerial apparatuses.