Nimble Arts was founded by Elsie & Serenity Smith, identical twins specializing in aerial acrobatics. Their teaching & performing backgrounds include a 4 year tour on Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco, as well as Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, Circus of the Kids, the New Pickle Circus, Pilobolus, the Actor's Gym, Circus Juventus, Umo Ensemble & Canopy Aerial Dance Studio. As performers they present a duo trapeze and duo fabric act, as well as various solos on aerial apparatus. Serenity also performs a partner handbalancing act with her husband, Bill Forchion.
Elsie & Serenity have performed for many corporate & private events & print & television campaigns including for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, ADS, Pacific Bell, Vogue, Wells Fargo Bank & a Primus music video. Bill, besides performing with Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros., & The Pickle Family Circus, has an extensive career as a stunt man and actor in film & television.
As teachers, Serenity helped found the San Francisco School of Circus Arts & was Pilates captain for Saltimbanco where she worked closely with physical therapists to promote injury prevention & rehabilitation. Elsie taught aerials at the SFSCA, has a coach's certification in trampoline, & has choreographed for the UGA Dance department, Circus Smirkus & Sea World, among others.
The twins choreograph for circus, dance & theater and offer workshops and residencies to circus schools, dance companies and performers. They perform & teach around the world & are happy to have their own performance troupe to create & play with.
In 2003 they founded NIMBLE ARTS their Vermont based trapeze & circus school that transitioned into the New England Center for Circus Arts in 2007. Among their honors as performers and businesswomen, the sisters won a business plan competition in 2006 for their work with Nimble Arts within the Brattleboro community and have been invited to arts & business consultations with Governor Jim Douglas.
In October, 2008 and the twins were honored to receive a Special Award at the Wuqiao International Circus Festival in China, an invitaion only competition. And in March, 2009 they won a Bronze Medal award for their duo trapeze act at the International Festival of Circus in Albacete, Spain!
The two continue to teach at NECCA and work as Artistic Director and Executive Director of the growing school as well as perform regularly with their company, Nimble Arts.