January of 2020 was my first visit to the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, and it proved to beRead more
Educator, Performer -USA
Elsie Smith specializes in performing and teaching aerial skills. She has performed with many well known companies including Cirque du Soleil, and received a Special Award at the China Wuqiau Internat'l Circus Festival in 2007 and the Bronze Medal at the 1st Internat'l Festival de Circo en Albacete, Spain in 2008. She is the co-founder of the New England Center for Circus Arts and runs a performing company, Nimble Arts, with her aerial partner and twin sister, Serenity Smith. She also consults in aerial safety matters with the AYCO/ACE, judges at circus competitions and co-created the NA Aerial Teacher Certification Program. In 2016, she and her sister won the American Circus Educator’s Award for Excellence in Education and the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council.