The NICA Story
NICA graduate and staff member, Daniel Power was awarded Australia’s leading male aerialist at The Australian Circus Festival Awards held 16-18 April 2016. Christy Shelper was awarded Australia’s Leading Female Aerialist, and 2003 NICA Graduate Leigh Marling was awarded the Elegance award. Since graduating from the first intake of NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2003, Daniel has had an exciting and successful career competing, performing and training within Australia and internationally. In 2013 Daniel was awarded second place in the PPS (Pole Paradise Studio) Aerial Performance Tournament in Hong Kong. In 2012 he was awarded the Yellow Crane Honour trophy alongside Leigh Marning for their act titled One beautiful evening at the Wuhan International Acrobatic Art Festival of China. NICA would like to congratulate Daniel, Christy and Leigh on their outstanding achievements.
Lewie’s impressive and beautiful performance on Straps was up against 25 international acts. His was one of four gold medals awarded by the jury of ten representatives from renowned circus schools and companies, including Cirque du Soleil, from across Europe, Asia and Australia
NICA graduate Emma Henshall competed and won the gold medal for Australia at the 2009 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris for her daring and graceful swinging trapeze act.
In 2009 NICA students Julian Aldag and Billie Wilson-Coffey were selected to compete in the 4th World Festival of Circus Arts in Moscow, their dazzling rope & tissu performance saw them take away a prestigious Bronze trophy.
Earl Shatford, NICA artist and trainer, won the 2008 Artist Award for Excellence at the 8th Wuhan International Acrobatic Art Festival with his impressive juggling act. He was also honoured with the People’s Choice Award. As a result of his outstanding achievements he was consequently invited to perform at the prestigious 10th Shanghai International Arts Festival.
The Constructivist Trio - Mace Innes, James Kingsford-Smith and Mathew Loudon - won the bronze trophy at the Wuhan International Acrobatic Art Festival in November 2006. Their innovative straps act was choreographed by NICA trainer, Helene Embling. The competition was judged by an international 7 member panel from China, Europe, Russia and Canada.
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