Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Juggling Club leads "Stress release" workshop

Greg Moss and several club members ran a "stress release" juggling workshop at the Commons on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015.  It was very well received and they taught several people to juggle. Way to represent club!. 
Present at the workshop were: Greg Moss, Luke Famillo, Alec Beilanos, Avery Thompson, Alex Rozanov, Dave Lanza and Rachel Peden

The first RIT 1 on 1 combat tournament

By Joe Showers:
The 38th annual RIT spring juggle in had it's first 1-on-1 combat tournament, run by Joe Showers.  It all started with a free-for-all for 16 rounds, to determine who placed in the tournament bracket.  The first person to win a round was removed from the FFA, and placed in the bracket.  This was repeated 15 times, with everyone's rank determined.  Then, a best-of-3, single elimination game started, until semi-finals, which were best-of-5.  The final round was best-of-7, and it came down to the wire, with Rafi Benjamin and Nathan Biggs-Penton both having three wins a piece.  Rafi nearly eliminated Nathan in the final game for the win of the tournament, but unfortunately could not control his pattern.  Nathan fired back, and knocked Rafi's clubs down, and kept his own in the air.  The winner, with a score of 4-3 was Nathan Biggs-Penton.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Dr Joanne Wu teaches AcroYoga at the 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In.

Dr Joanne Wu
We're excited to have Dr. Joanne Wu, an integrative-holistic medicine and rehabilitation doctor who specializes in wellness, leading two separate AcroYoga workshops at the 38 th RIT Spring Juggle-In this year.  An experienced fitness and yoga teacher, she describes AcroYoga as "a fun way to challenge your body through partner based conditioning. It incorporates elements of yoga and partner acrobatics to create a dynamic challenge filled with laughter." She is a certified AYFit teacher, and trained in acrobatics with SeattleAcro, Acroyoga Montreal and Yogaslackers! Her passion for wellness (see her website at www.fit2bwell.com)has also led her to become a certified  Acroyoga Jambassador, and she does workshops with groups of all ages.

Dr Joanne Wu acts as base to Joe Showers
Workshop 1

Fri night April 10th 7:00-8:30 pm
Intro to juggling with acrobatics: flight and balance with fun and laughter.
Cost:Special Juggle-In  discounted rate $5
(This workshop typically costs $25 but Dr. Wu has given us a special rate for Juggle-in Attendee's)
Flight and balance with fun and laughter. It doesn't matter what level of skill you have with yoga, acrobatics or juggling for this one, Joanne has taught people of all ages, and you're guaranteed to have fun and learn something new.

Workshop 2 - Sunday afternoon April 12th,  1-2 pm   
Acro-Juggling -Jam  Cost Free
Joanne will return and be available to play and join in as we have an Acro-Juggling -Jam.  Not as formal as the workshop but a good chance to practice your skills and try out the things you learned on Friday night.

For more information about the entire weekend of events at RIT, go to our website at:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 38th RIT Spring Juggle In

April 10-12,2015  marks the 38th year of Juggling workshops, competitions and shows at RIT. Sponsored by the RIT Juggling Club and RIT Student government, this event draws hundreds of talented jugglers, unicyclists, yo-yo players, hula hoopers and more together for one fun filled weekend.  Whether you are just curious and want to learn more, or are a long time juggler this is the place to be. The weekend activities start when the Gym opens Friday at 6:00 pm, and continue until the Gym closes at 3:00 pm Sunday.

Highlights of the weekend include the Free shows in the Gym , Like the The Big Open show on Friday at 9 pm and the Saturday Morning show 10:00 am, as well as Free admission to watch the Juggling competitions, and attend the juggling workshops

Some people simply choose to reserve their Saturday night to attend the Gala Public Show because of it's reputation for incredible variety acts year after year .  This show features some of the best talent from around the country year after year, and with a ticket price of less than $20 it's a bargain.This years headline act by Company McQuiggs, which is comprised of Nathan Biggs Penton, Kellin Quinn and Willem McGowan.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Do you Lasoo?

This years 38th RIT Spring Juggle-in is slated to have it's first ever Lasso workshop! 

That's right, our first workshop will also be the first time we've had an official Lasso workshop.
Led by Ward Hartenstein at 7:00 pm, on Friday night, this workshop will give you the basics of spinning a flat-loop in just a few minutes.  For those who aspire to more, stepping in and out, wedding ring, and butterfly are also ideas to share.  Best of all, Ward is bringing plenty of practice ropes so you can "learn the ropes" without even owning one! Ward has long been interested in all sorts of toys and manipulations including diabolo, spin-top, yo-yo, and is thrilled to teach others. Yes, he can do tricks with a hat as well.

Remember to keep an eye on the RIT Spring Juggle-In schedule, because this workshop may get repeated over the weekend from popular demand.

Jeff Peden (left) and Ward Hartenstein work on their Lasso skills.

TGIF - Friday night Dinner at the RIT Spring Juggle-In!

The early bird gets the...dinner and lots of extra fun.
Rachel Peden, Patrik Elmnert, Wes Peden, Bonnie Booth at the 2014 Friday night Dinner

That's right, as part of our recent tradition we have a group Friday night dinner @ 6pm at the RIT Spring Juggle-in. If you're joining us on Friday here's what to expect.

1) It's a "bring a dish to pass dinner" also known as bring something to share.
Options and ideas: Salads and healthy snacks, munchies like chips and pretzels, desserts like cookies brownies,  drinks in cans or 2 litre bottles, (no alcohol please)
Want to make a statement? 
Here are some people who have made their mark in the past.
Ward Hartenstein - 3 years running with his incredible spicey thai noodle salad
Kyla Ciranni and Ross Lancaster - for bringing 50 deviled eggs
Austin Levesque - carefully made and delicious oreo cookie troufles
Avery Thompson - a full case of bannana's

2) If what you are bringing isn't pre-packaged bring a description of the ingredients.
     (we all know people with food allergies)

3) The club provides pizza, plates, plasticware and lemonade
4)  If you forget to bring something you can still join us, so don't wait outside.

Last year everyone brought a little something to add and we ended up with a feast that filled 4 8 foot tables.  Chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, chips and cheese balls, veggie trays, deviled eggs, cookies and cheesecake slices.  There was something for everyone and plenty for seconds.

Wards famous spicey noodles on the left, and a view of the full tables.            

 *Historical note- this tradition began when Jeff Peden, being inspired by the group meals at TurboFest, decided we should try something like it at RIT in 2011.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Variety Arts Comedian Larry Rundle comes to RIT

Some of the most difficult things in the world are of course, speaking in public, riding a unicyle, and escaping from a straight jacket.  Larry Rundle can do all three.  Actually he can do them all at the same time as in his hilarious straightjacket routine. 
Larry started juggling as a freshman in college, which had a profound effect on his pursuit of a degree in American Literature. In 1998, he began street performing in a small tourist town in upstate NY.  Since then he has has performed at countless venues and events throughout New York. Larry is the consummate variety artist, and with the combined performing skills of  over 17 years on the stage and street there a few things he cannot do. Juggling Torches, Whirling Devil Sticks, 6 foot unicycle with machetes, or Classic side show stunts are just a few of the things on his long list.

Known for his crazy high-energy blend of stand-up and  physical comedy, as well as his ability to improvise with the audience in the moment, his performances are always full of surprises. We are thrilled to have Larry as this years host of the Friday showcase  The Big Open  at the 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In, April 1-12 2015.  You can find Larry online at larryrundle.com