Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal March, 2006
Jam 8 Update
Essential info. for 10-week countdown
shows are Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 in the Richfield HS Auditorium.
Kids need to be there by 6 pm; doors for the audience open at 6:30;
the show runs from 7-9:30.
club day until Juggle Jam is a full rehearsal (except May 3-4 for Wed.
& Thurs. Rec.; see below). We'll complete club choreography in March;
April will focus on our all-cast routines and running our club routines
many times. Please stay at club rehearsals until at least 5:30 p.m.
EVENING DRESS REHEARSALS are
May 3-4 from 6:15-9:00 p.m. Wear club T-shirts on May 4 for our only
large group photo. Let Paul know of tardies and absences. If needed,
favor the second dress rehearsal on May 4. NOTE: In order to pace two
straight evening rehearsals, there will be NO CLUB on Wed. or Thurs.,
May 3-4. Please use this "day off" to rest, do homework, and
be on time/early to our crucial rehearsal nights in our new space at
the Richfield H.S. Auditorium.
Any Jughead desiring to perform a solo or team routine for JJ8 needs
to audition immediately after Spring Break on Monday or Tuesday, April
10 or 11 in Colony Park's gym. Every prospective act must fill out an
application and turn it in by Friday, March 31. Talk to Paul or call
Officer Kelvin Ying (952-929-1567) for more info. on audition standards/procedures.
PACKETS will be distributed at clubs March 13-17. Jugheads who sell
10 or more tickets will receive incentive prizes ranging from a tin
of mints to a private party. Family members, teachers, friends and fans
come from all over the Twin Cities and even from out of state to see
our annual Juggle Jam!
SHOW PHOTO WEEK:
All group and individual photos will take place March 13-17; make-ups
COSTUMES: Club routines are embellished by character costumes: Monday
Rec. summer campers; Boys' Elite Winter Olympians; Wed. Rec. Halloween
costumes; Thurs. Rec. 90's theme; Girls' Elite raincoats and/or denim
skirts. Distinction and effort trumps complexity and expense. Everyone
also needs KHAKI shorts and JJ8 T-Shirts for the all-cast routines.
Juggle Jam 8 T-shirts are included with spring tuition. Jugheads will
receive a T-shirt for each Club in which they are a member. Kids should
indicate their preferred size (youth or adult sizes are available) during
clubs in March.
Earlybird deadline: March 24
JH payment covers April 10-June 9 and includes a Juggle Jam 8 T-shirt.
Please write the club code on checks payable to JUGHEADS, LLC (see
also attached form).
Efforts to promote better health at JH
how our JH snack room gets away with offering so much junk? To borrow
a line from Tevye, "That I can tell you in one word: tradition."
In 1995-'97, Paul volunteered his Saturdays to lead an extra juggling
club while still employed at Wise Guys. The kids each contributed $10
and requested snacks & beverages (generally candy bars & pop)
from Sam's Club to last a month. This snack-time tradition continued when
we became independent in '98, but at least Paul encouraged discernment
by requiring two items each day to be relatively "healthy" (e.g.,
nuts, water, string cheese, etc.). Fast forward to 2003: In order to combat
the onset of a middle age physique, Paul began modifying his nutritional
and exercise choices, inspired by: family physician and Wed. Rec. volunteer
Dr. Mark Brancel; pro jugglers Dextre Tripp and Benji Hill; and nutrition
expert Karen Hurd. Whole grains, high fiber, lean protein, and legumes
were added to his fledgling nutritional habits. Pop, refined grains/sugars,
and red meat were reduced.
February's no-pop experiment at JH, pop will eventually be minimized and/or
phased out, being offered only on special occasions. Whole grain items
such as Clif Bars and Sun Chips will be promoted over candy bars and potato
chips. Some "junk" will still be offered, but hopefully offset
by apples, carrots, yogurt, nuts and cheese. (NOTE: Previous attempts
to promote whole foods have failed. New ideas will be phased in and evaluated,
and our habits will hopefully be improved.)
These changes are from Paul's own convictions, not parent complaints.
Stewardship of nutritional health should be promoted here. Yes, JH is
like a party, but juggling is also a sport. Nutrition has a lot to do
with a person's health, mood and performance, and it's time that JH promotes
SPOTLIGHT: Girls' Elite Club
improvement this year
is making a comeback! After several years of relatively low attendance,
this year's club roster boasts 24 girls in grades 4-12. Living up to their
club name, there has been a marked improvement in the overall technical
juggling ability of Girls' Elite this year, ranging from 9th grade rookie
Lizzy Meller mastering club tricks/passing to veterans achieving Ultimate
Club standards nearly every week. Always reliable for a cohesive, artistic
group routine for Juggle Jam, this year's two-part act features the songs
"It's Raining Men" and "We Got the Beat" with choreography
by Officers Sofia and Hanna and JJ8 Producer Wendy Arneberg.
to new Thursday Rec. 7th grader Drew Iverson!
to the McNairy Family (Scott, Nancy Herbst; Joe, Ellie) at the loss
of mother/grandmother Doris McNairy. Mrs. McNairy passed away in February
at age 86.
- THE JUGHEADS
WINTER SHOWCASE is Friday, March 10, Hopkins H.S. @ 7 p.m. for FREE!
Support our Jugheads!
2005-'06 LETTER-WINNERS: Applications are due by Friday, April 21. An
application doesn't guarantee lettering, but it starts the formal process
and reveals gaps in standards.
IJA FEST UPDATE: The team is set! We're looking into booking flights
in the next week.
OFFICERS & PARENT PLANNING COMMITTEE: Saturday, March 11 and Saturday,
April 15. These are important meetings to tie together any and all loose
ends as we approach Juggle Jam 8!
CAMPS: 9-5 pm on June 12-13; 9-Noon and 1-4 from June 14-July 14 (except
July 3-4). Several punchcard options. Download
Brian Olson, 10 on 3/6; Nate Martin, 15 on 3/7; Brett Huntley, 10 on
3/9; Jenna Klein, 15 on 3/10; Kelsey Harr, 18 on 3/12; Rory Bade, 11
on 3/17; Juliana Severson, 9 on 3/17; Maggie Armstrong, 12 on 3/18;
Hannah Samuelson, 13 on 3/24.
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