BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The New England Center for Circus Arts has resumed summer camp classes after a brief strike by instructors over the firing of its founders.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports ( classes were cancelled after coaches demanded the return of two founders and the resignations of the current board. Classes resumed Wednesday after a local business owner began facilitating discussions between the board and coaches.

The firings of founders and artistic directors Serenity Smith Forchion and Elsie Smith led to an outcry from parents and several staff resignations. The sisters dismissed the board’s offer to instead work with the circus on a contractual basis with their for-profit enterprise.

Along with two public rallies, the national and local circus community has protested with petitions and open letters of support for the sisters.

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