Circus performers who have trained in this community have set sail to take their tricks around the world.
“It’s been a really amazing experience to wake up in a new country every single day,” said Doug Stewart, a featured aerialist on board the AIDAmar cruise ship. He graduated from the professional training program at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro in 2015.
AIDA offers cruises to North America, North Europe, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Dubai the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Baltic Sea the Red Sea and the Black Sea. Circus performers are part of onboard entertainment.
Stewart said some of his highlights include performing a solo rope act to a full crowd on Valentine’s Day, working as an ensemble to create a show and premiering nine shows in 10 days.
“One of my favorite memories is when we were sailing through Norway in June,” he said. “We were so north, the sun never set. We would be performing outside at 11 p.m. and it would be the most beautiful sunset all night.” …
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