JUGHEADS
Youth Juggling Company, LLC

5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
jugheads@comcast.net
612.229.3348

Developing youth through juggling since 1994.

 

 
School Year Clubs

JUGHEADS (JH) school year juggling clubs are the core of the company, offering an opportunity for youth to learn unique skills that combine both athleticism and artistry. Clubs encourage individual and group achievement with unlimited potential for growth in dexterity, confidence, and friendships. All JH Clubs and Camps are directed by Paul Arneberg with help from a Student Leadership Team along with coaches & specialists as needed. Since an average club size is 20-25 kids, this helps each Jughead receive more personal attention and instruction. Self direction is encouraged, as is juggling at home to make the most of juggling with many peers and instructors at once once a week!

JUGHEADS meets at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Church, 4439 W 50th St., Edina, MN 55424. (NOTE: Please enter/exit only via the courtyard adjacent to Wooddale Avenue. Parking is available at Utley Park (SW of 50th & Wooddale.)

A typical after school Jugheads Club:
At 2:45 pm, clubs begin casually as kids arrive from various schools and districts. This "snack time" lasts until about 3:45 p.m., during which kids may choose up to three food/drink items while socializing and occasionally watching juggling videos and playing board games. At 3:45 (4 p.m. for Rec. Clubs), Paul gathers the kids for a 10-minute group meeting which includes announcements, sharing of records, skill demonstrations, and brainstorming of routine ideas. After the meeting, kids are fully engaged in general juggling and/or rehearsal time, typically focused on an age and skill-appropriate theme for the day (e.g.,: warm-ups, workshops, endurance contests, etc.). Around 5 or 5:15 pm, a leader often begins an organized (optional) group game such as Ball Combat, 3-Club Trick-off, and 3-Ball Simon Says. Kids continue to juggle until they are picked up between 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm.

This schedule alters in February through May, as the bulk of the time between 4:00pm and 5:45 pm is dedicated to choreographing and rehearsing group routines for our annual juggling show, the JUGHEADS Juggle Jam.

Semester System: 1st Semester runs roughly September–January; 2nd Semester is February–end of the school year. The assumption is that all 1st Semester Jugheads will return for the 2nd Semester so that they can experience Juggle Jam (our annual spring production). Please inform Paul if your child plans to participate during the 1st Sem. only. Switching/adding clubs mid-year is rare and requires consultation with Paul.

JUGHEADS is more than a juggling program; it's a haven for kids to feel accepted, challenged, and socially engaged in a positive atmosphere where virtues and good character are taught alongside (and of greater importance to) juggling skills.

Recreational After School Clubs:

Monday Rec. Club

Grades 2*–8 
Range:15–30 members
Mondays 2:45–6:00 pm
Coach: Paul Arneberg
Assistants: Eva H., Grant D., Elizabeth S.

This recreational club is intended for beginning / intermediate jugglers in elementary and middle school. Monday Rec. has matured over the years, now with an average age of 5th grade and many multi-year members.
*2nd graders may join Mon. w/ special permission.
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Thursday Rec. Club

Grades 2*–8.
Range:15–30 members
Thursdays 2:45–6:00 pm
Coach: Paul Arneberg
Assistants: Peter H.,
Volunteers: Jared A., Nathan D., Lizzy V.

This recreational club is intended for jugglers in elementary and middle school. Since 2013, Thurs. Rec. has been our main entry-level “Rudy Club,” with many eager to learn and invest themselves in the company.
*2nd graders may join Mon. w/ special permission.

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Friday Rec Club

Grades 5*–12
Range: 20–30 members
Fridays 2:45–6:00 pm
Coach: Paul Arneberg
Movement Specialist: Betsy Nelson (Nov.–May)
Assistants: Joshua N., Libby H., Kayla M.
Volunteers: Peter H. (pt. time)

Friday Rec. is a hybrid between a Rec. Club and Advanced Club with eclectic friendships and a higher average skill level. Friday Rec. will likely collaborate with Advanced for JJ20 musicals.
*3rd–4th graders need special permision to join.
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Incoming rookie Jugheads may enroll in Monday Rec. and Thursday Rec., while Friday Rec. may be a possibility but only with special permission. All new members must have three days’ JUGHEADS camp experience** and consult with Director Paul Arneberg before registering.

**The MEA release-day juggling camp can be taken retroactively after joining. Look for registration infrmation in September.

STANDARDS: Members of a Rec. Club are encouraged to acheive the Rec. Standards by the end of their first
school year.

 

Higher-Level Afternoon/Evening Clubs:

Advanced Club

Grades 6–12
Range: 20–30 members
Wednesdays 2:45–6:00 pm
Coach: Paul Arneberg
Movement Specialist: Betsy Nelson (Nov.–May)
Assistants: Mirranda M., Hans J.

Wednesday is a favorite club day in our company’s history, with many Rec.-level members working hard to achieve the standards. Along with high expectations for continued progress, Advanced comes with the promise of creativity, new and deeper friendships, and a challenging JJ20 routine which will pay tribute to past Juggle Jam Broadway musicals. Advanced Standards must be achieved before joining.
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Elite Club

Grades 8–12
Limit: 30 members
Tuesdays 2:45–6:00 pm
Coach: Paul Arneberg
Captains: Mirranda M., Joshua N.

This club represents a significant milestone achievement for many advanced-expert Jugheads. Snack discussions, warm-ups, structure, technical workshops, years-long friendships and rousing contests & games define this weekly haven for teens. Once standards are met, admittance is contingent on space and director permission. This year, our leadership structure is slightly different, but the focus is the same: 1st Sem.—skills; 2nd Sem.—JJ20 routine with several tributes to past years.
Once Elite Standards are met, admittance is contingent on space and director permission.
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Ultimate Club

Grades 9–12
Range: 13–20 members
Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm
Coach: Tom Gaasedelen
Captain: Laura S.
Director: Paul Arneberg (on site)
Producer: Wendy Arneberg (logistics)

This This club offers a varsity-level experience with the opportunity to earn in-house letters in juggling!
Each week features intense warm-ups, passing patterns, and creative choreography. Admittance is contingent an invitation from the Director and Ultimate Club Standards met. Current members with the UC Standards should push for the Super Ultimate Juggling Standards (at least 11 of them by the end of two U.C. years). Ultimates are required to join a 2nd club (most often Elite; Advanced is acceptable) and make up absences.
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More information: Contact Paul (jugheads@comcast.net or 612.229.3348).