Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal February, 2005
Ultimate-level Jughead Helpers
Although the JH program has always encouraged mentorship between generations
of Jugheads, the past few years have formalized this benefit of our company's
age range. Seven assistants now help five clubs, earning tuition/travel
funds or fulfilling their Ultimate Club standard while providing a valuable
service in assisting Paul with coaching and mentoring 20-30 kids at a
(Monday Rec.) is a SVMS 8th grader and 4th year Jughead. The most recent
member added to the Ultimate Club, Natalie brings technical skills along
with a strong social personality to our group of 27 Jugheads on Mondays--the
club in which she began! Sofia (Thursday Rec.) is an EHS 10th grader
and 5th year Jughead. Her commitment and skill level has skyrocketed in
the last couple of years, and she is already an established Ultimate Club
member despite this being her rookie year in that top club. Scott (Wed.
Rec.), 3rd year Jughead, is a 10th grader at Minnetonka H.S. Known to
audiences for his role-palying juggling and emceeing, Scott's keen performing
ability supplements his top-notch technical skills. He banters with his
younger counterparts about movies and video games as often as he juggles
with them, making him an endearing "counselor" figure to our
largest weekly club. Hanna (Monday Rec.) is our newest assistant.
She is a SVMS 8th grader, 4th year Jughead, and member of Girls Elite.
Like her friend Sofia, Hanna has improved much recently and is glad to
"pass" along what she has learned to many of our youngest, most
eager Jugheads! Andrew (Wed. Rec.) is a SVMS 8th grader and 5th
year Jughead with skills far beyond his years. Although retired from 3+
years in the Ultimate Club, he still holds many all-time JH records, and
he has a knack for helping kids to get records every time they pass with
him! Billy (Ultimate Club), is an EHS 10th grader and 6th year
Jughead. Billy's title is Ultimate Club Officer, but in practice, he plans
every rehearsal and sets long-term goals for the team. Perhaps due to
his self-imposed regimen of juggling 3 hours a day, 7 days a week, he
frees himself up to be more of a coach than a participant for his 19 peers
every Thursday night. Kelvin (Girls Elite), EHS 10th grader, is
our most experienced Jughead assistant--in his 7th year of JH membership!
He has national-class passing skills but puts relationships first, making
him a fun and patient helper for our16 girls every Friday. Kelvin also
serves as Billy's right-hand man in helping to student-lead his Ultimate
Club peers. Dr. Mark (Wed. Rec.) is a family physician who drives
from St. Anthony Park with his son, Stefan, to volunteer for our largest
club every week. Passionate about nutrition, exercise, frugality, and
service, Dr. Mark is a welcome regular influence in JH. Ultimate Club
members are expected to volunteer 10 hours of service each year as a teacher
or performer. Ryan (SVMS 9th grader) fulfills his obligation through
Girls Elite; other Ultimates may teach oustide of JH or perform in charitable
gigs for their service requirement. This growing tradition benefits others
while giving the assistants a growing experience--fulfilling the JH mission
of "developing youth through juggling."
Early notes for annual May show
Specialty Acts (solos, etc.)--Every year, up to 12 acts of Jugheads audition
for eight spots in our annual show. This year, the number of acts may
be reduced to six or fewer in order to allow more transitional time in
the form of emceeing and skits between juggling acts. Pre-auditions for
specialty acts will be offered on Monday, March 7 from 6:30-9 p.m.; other
times may be scheduled as needed. Pre-auditions are simply a way for an
act to be evaluated ahead of time so things can be changed before actual
auditions April 11-15. See Paul for an application and to sign up for
an optional pre-audition time slot.
Ticket packets will be handed out this month. Selling is not required,
but prizes offer an incentive to recruit big audiences.
Rehearsals--Every weekly club (except High School) is now dedicating most
of club time to rehearsing group routines. For this reason, please allow
your Jughead(s) to stay at club until 5:30 each day (8:45 for Ultimate
Club). Juggle Jam is a team effort. Absences and early departures affect
the team, so please prioritize attendance for the next three months. Thanks!
The IJA Festival is a 10-year tradition for us, starting with Paul leading
13 Wise Guys Jugglers to Rapid City in 1996. This year's festival is July
18-24 in Davenport (aka Quad Cities), IA. There will be identical info.
meetings held in the ECC auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday,
Feb. 24 from 6-6:45 p.m. Note: We're limiting our group this year
to 20-24 Jugheads and 6-8 full-time chaperones. With rare exceptions,
only Jugheads with at least half of the Ultimate Club technical standards
are eligible to attend with our group.
CLUB SPOTLIGHT: THURS. REC.
Haven for friendships & opportunity
Thursday Rec. Club is made up of all boys and all middle schoolers. To
a kid, it's the friendships that keep them coming, and the typical boy
here errs on the side of conversation over ambition for advancement. However,
this club is always good for an entertaining Juggle Jam routine; this
year's theme is simply "The 80's." Rehearsal season and seeing
what hard work has done for their peers has motivated this club in a new
way since December. Whether or not these members advance to Elite or Ultimate
Club, they enjoy a safe, wholesome, challenging and fun haven together
once a week after school. Thursday Rec. Jugheads are: 6th graders Alex
Behr, Ian Faris, Sam Jasper, Broderick King, Colin Kulstad, Martin Kulstad,
Jonny Langholz, Danny Lenselink, Christopher Lovdal, Joey Spicola; 8th
graders D.J. Adams, Mitchell Blackey, Mat Griep, Ricky Harr, Ben Hestness,
Patrick Hughes, Colin Revere, Danny Rose, Alex Schoenfeld, Ben Suker;
9th grader Ryan Towey; and Assistant Sofia Meyer (Ultimate Club 10th grader).
Platform: Lessons from Ground Hog Day
to new Jugheads: Cullen Patty (Mon. Rec. 4th grader) and Siena Patty
(Monday Rec. 3rd grader)!
place Feb. 18-20 at Concordia University's Gangelhoff Center in St.
Paul. 48 Jugheads are signed up to attend as a group. A few spots remain;
an all-day package for 2/19 is $40. See Paul to register.
will take place Feb. 18 & 21 from 9-5 p.m., incl. lunch. Spring
Break Camps, April 4-8, will be 9-Noon and 1-4 p.m. Register on-line,
through Paul, or in ECC's office.
CAMPS at COLONY PARK CHURCH: JH will hold five weeks of summer juggling
camps from June 13-July 15 at our new home base of Colony Park Church,
5532 Wooddale Ave., Edina. Look for registration info. next month, along
with our ad in your 2005 Summer Shades catalogue.
31-JUNE 10, our last two weeks of school year clubs, will be held
at Colony Park in order to acclimate everyone to our new space before
summer camps and fall clubs. More later.
JAM 7: May 6-7 with dress rehearsals on Thurs., 4/28, Saturday,
4/30 and Thurs. 5/5. Mark the dates!
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