I moved to Brattleboro on Tuesday, and started my program at NECCA on Wednesday. I’ve had a few hiccups while breaking into my new schedule (so…much…training…), but things are going well overall!
I might do the normal NECCA student thing of renting a cheap room in a circus house if I stay here for more than a few months, but for now I’m living with an amazingly sweet Greek lady in a furnished room about half a mile away from NECCA and my residency training space. I haven’t decided yet whether I will be here after December — that will depend on whether I can find a good job that doesn’t compromise my training schedule. I have received a good response from a big alternative health clinic, but need to wait a few days for the business owner to check with the rest of the employees (it’s a democratic cooperative!). Fingers crossed!
I am doing residency (solo training, using my own equipment in an area reserved for me) 6 hours a week, and can do “members only” training (shared space and shared equipment) as much as 20 hours a week with the intensive and pro-track students. I am also taking three classes a week. I am trying to make my trapeze piece the focal point of my time here, but I am also hoping to get some basic training in some ground-based skills. Unfortunately, it looks like I will not be working on tumbling this session, but I am doing contortion and modern dance.
Contortion is probably the weirdest and most amazing class I have ever taken. NECCA has a room specifically designated to contortion and handbalancing training — it’s a small space that keeps the heat in really well, especially when there’s 8 of us crammed in there. It’s intimate — you can’t avoid putting your butt or crotch in someone’s face during splits training, and the coaches will casually push your legs apart while you’re laying on your back painfully giving birth to a middle splits baby while your classmates with musical theatre backgrounds serenade you with show tunes to take your mind off the pain. And then everyone is best friends at the end of class because we’ve all had a massive endorphin release. It’s…surreal.
I’m still getting back to baseline strength and shaking off the travel blobbies, but maybe I’ll put up some videos soon of my skill and choreography progress. Maybe.