Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal September, 2005
Clubhouse is Open!
12th year kicks off in our new home
During our two-week orientation period and five weeks of juggling camps
from May 31-July 15, 2005, our new home at Colony Park Church was affectionately
described as "a big clubhouse" by this director. A high-ceilinged
gym; a spacious office/storage/conference room; permanent snack storage
with serving counter and tiled floors joined by a comfortable carpeted
area for low-ceiling juggling; picturesque lawns for outdoor juggling
and games; and an overflow space in Lexington (aka Fellowship) Hall make
for the most flexible, accommodating, and reliable space we've ever known.
All of that real estate would mean nothing, however, were it not for the
youth who populate it on a daily basis. JUGHEADS is about relationships;
juggling is the tool. Sure, we'll all continue to adjust to our new setting,
especially when cold and snow may hinder some Jugheads' walk from ECC
or South View. However, what we're gaining is worth the small price of
occasional inconvenience. Thank you for staying with us through our move,
and we anticipate the further development of this company and the youth
under its care and influence.
Potatoes in Davenport
Jugheads sweat & shine at IJA '05
Our 10th annual trek to the International Jugglers' Association Festival
in Quad Cities (Davenport), IA in July was active to say the least! No
time to be "Davenport (couch) potatoes." :-) Space prevents
a comprehensive account, but here are a few highlights:
- An unprecedented
number of JH families made it down to the festival this year, due to
the proximity of Quad Cities to the Twin Cities. In addition to the
27 Jugheads and six chaperones who formed our official group, 15 current
and former Jugheads (and parents) attended, as well as many first-time
- The Jugheads
were a formidable force in the Joggling Championships, with several
of our kids taking home individual and/or team medals: Bernard, Ricky,
Ben, Broderick, Jonny, Dan, and Silas.
and Amanda were awarded $200 for "Best Stage Presence"
in the Youth Showcase. Aka Genetic Fallout performed "School of
Rock" as seen in Juggle Jam 7.
Broderick, Les Filles and The Ringmasters also performed in the
Youth Showcase, earning praise from a rare audience composed of nearly
(Ultimate Club junior) made it into the finals of the Juniors Stage
Championships with his new solo juggling as Jack Sparrow from "Pirates
of the Caribbean." Scott also won 3-Ball Simon Says, defeating
his friend and fellow Jughead, Ryan (2nd place).
made the finals of the IJA Teams Championships with their routine to
the song "Shivers" as seen in Juggle Jam 7. They were the
largest all-female juggling team in IJA competition history!
Ultimate Club junior who re-defined hard work by juggling 3-5 hours
a day for the past 1.5 years, saw fruits of his labors by winning endurance
contests (both 5 clubs and 5 rings) as well as the Combat Championship.
Of the 10 Combat finalists, five were Jugheads! Joining Billy were Sean,
Selby, Asher and Kelvin.
and Kelvin earned their 2nd consecutive Gold Medal in the Teams
Numbers Championships with 80 total catches with 12 ball passing. In
prelims, they even qualified 13 ball passing with 53 catches! Proving
their versatility, Nate & Kelvin also won Speed Club Passing (100+
passes in 60 seconds!).
fresh from debuting his new "Footloose" solo in the Youth
Showcase, earned a "very honorable mention" for a brand-new
award called "Juggling is Rough Work." Given in memory of
IJA celebrity Sean McKinney, this award recognizes an IJA Festival performer
who demonstrates a unique, free-spirit style. Jay Gillgan, co-founder
of the award and long-time friend of both Sean McKinney and the Jugheads,
told Riley, "You have your own style. Don't change it."
was honored the same night with the Flamingo Award which encourages
an outstanding young girl juggler to continue honing her craft. Amanda
received five Todd Smith clubs, an IJA Bag, an IJA DVD, and a trophy.
- By design,
our Chaperone Team was half as large as it has been in recent years.
This was to maximize the freedom of any given Jughead and minimize the
complications of moving as one huge group. Each chaperone had 4-7 Jugheads
assigned to him or her at any given time during meal times, and they
tag-teamed duties at the festival site so that breaks could be taken.
Paul Arneberg was the overall leader of the group, but it was Wendy
Arneberg who was the organizer, keeping everything running smoothly
and sanely. Mitch & Darcy drove our cargo van and were completely
dedicated to taking care of the kids assigned to them, as were Diane
and Rhonda, each of whom drove a 7-passenger van to and from Quad Cities.
Everyone liked our new system of a slightly smaller group with more
freedom for the kids and more responsibility for the chaperones. Despite
our collective and individual fatigue after seven days of non-stop activity,
the trip truly was a success!
Other Summer News...
- Two acts
from Juggle Jam 7 made it to the semi-finals of the 2005 MN State Fair
Amateur Talent Contest! The trio Les Filles competed on Aug.
26 with a more technical routine and only 3 drops! They didn't place,
but one solace is that the boy who beat them tap-danced his way to win
overall in the Grandstand on Sept.
competed on Aug. 29, achieving runner-up status. The boy who won wrote
his own song, but the judges may not have known that the Richters wrote
their own choreography! ;-) Oh well; other than the anomaly year in
2002 when both of our duets made it to the finals (Mr. Fantastic and
the Sally Jessy Boys), five of our last seven acts to audition since
2003 achieved runner-up status, always to a teen with a "traditional"
talent. Kudos to Les Filles and Genetic Fallout for keeping juggling
on the map of this top-notch contest!
were the honored guests at the 5th Annual Coeur d' Alene Juggling Festival
in Idaho in Aug. 19-21. The show featured women jugglers, and the Swing
Sisters were the closing act! Of special significance to this director
is that partly as a result of their success in Quad Cities and Coeur
d' Alene, all three of the eldest Swing Sisters have chosen to stay
juggling through their senior year in high school. Kelsey and Lauren
are the first-ever Jugheads to commit to weekly juggling clubs through
their senior year, fulfilling the company dream to expand juggling as
a legitimate and worthy activity through 12th grade. Jill is training
twice a week with Circus Juventas in St. Paul, but she will make it
to High School Club whenever possible. The Swing Sisters are not only
role models for other girl and women jugglers nationwide, they stand
as models for their 100+ peers right here at home among the Jugheads.
to New Jugheads: Maggie (Girls' Elite 6th grader); Matt
(Mon. Rec. 3rd grader); Neil (MR 6th grader); Ryan (MR
5th grader); Mark (MR 4th grader); Pat (MR 3rd grader);
Jack (TR 7th grader); Lizzy (GE 9th grader); Sarah
(GE 7th grader); Ryan (MR 5th grader); Peter (MR 4th grader);
and Jackson (TR 7th grader).
to the new Ultimate Club members: Kelsey (senior; also a member
in 6th, 7th & 9th grade); Ricky (freshman); Ben (freshman);
Jonny (7th grader); and Amanda (8th grader).
to the Jugheads who have achieved all of our Elite Club standards since
April: Andy (freshman in his 2nd JH year); Mitchell (freshman
in his 2nd JH year); and Scott (7th grader in his 2nd JH year).
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