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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

(It's not just a guy thing) FAMOUS FEMALE JUGGLERS! part 2

Famous Female Jugglers pt 2 by Ward Hartenstein


Jenny Jaeger (1909-1986) was a Russian juggler who joined her father’s juggling act at the age of five. She was a child prodigy, juggling 8 balls at the age of nine and 9 balls at the age of 12. She performed 10 balls in her act at the age of 15 and continued to feature the trick for four years. Her father insisted that she stop including it in the act as it required too much practice. To this day, no other performer has ever included 10 balls in their daily act. Her act also featured amazing balances of up to five objects at the same time, six rings while bouncing a ball on her head, and a unique trick of bouncing a prop on her head that consisted of a stick with large rubber balls on each end. The prop would flip 180 degrees with each bounce. She continued to perform until 1960.

*Ward Hartenstein is a collector, creator, musician, historian and juggler. He will also be attending the 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In, you can catch up with him there. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Company McQuiggs goes South of the Border

Company McQuiggs is taking their thrilling three person show on the road and going south of the border this spring.  For most United States citizens, "South of the Border" is Mexico, but for these three, who are currently studying at École de cirque de Québec in Canada, they only have to travel South of Mexico New York..(Yes, there is a city called Mexico, New York)

Company McQuiggs, will be presenting their act PLD at the RIT Spring Juggle-In Public Show on April 11th. In PLD, Nathan Biggs-Penton, Willem McGowan, and Kellin Quinn join together to create a show filled with tangled arms, uncomfortable catches, and a routine that involves 48 props in the air at once.  Nathan and Willem will also be teaching workshops during the weekend.
Kellin will be going to the Mighty Taco down the street form RIT to get some of that famous "South of the Border" cuisine

Juggling acts aren't really created to be described with written words though, they are created to be seen, So check out the action in this video clip:









Come join us at the 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In April 10-12, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yet-to-be-approved Juggle-In events: INTROVERT ENDURANCE COMPETITION

'Yet-to-be-approved Juggle-In events: INTROVERT ENDURANCE COMPETITION

Contestants will gather in a large dimly-lit sparsely-furnished space. A silent signal will be given to commence the event. From this point on, all competitors will avoid eye contact with others and limit verbal interactions to monosyllabic murmurs. Meanwhile, intense mental activity must be maintained, as monitored by neural electrodes attached to each contestant. Physical juggling is permitted, but is not required. Whether or not juggling is overtly displayed, contestants must exhibit pronounced activity in the intraparietal sulcus area of the brain. If the level of intraparietal activity falls below a level of 2.3, the contestant is eliminated. Prolonged eye contact or conversations are also grounds for elimination. The participant who maintains a pristine introverted juggling mental state for the longest duration will be declared the winner. Please note that this event may last much longer that the attention span of the spectators.'More Yet-to-be-approved Juggle-In events by Ward Hartenstein

INTROVERT ENDURANCE COMPETITION

Contestants will gather in a large dimly-lit sparsely-furnished space. A silent signal will be given to commence the event. From this point on, competitors will avoid eye contact and limit verbal interactions to monosyllabic murmurs. Meanwhile, intense mental activity must be maintained, as monitored by neural electrodes attached to each contestant. Physical juggling is permitted, but is not required. Whether or not juggling is overtly displayed, contestants must exhibit pronounced activity in the intraparietal sulcus area of the brain. If the level of intraparietal activity falls below a level of 2.3, the contestant is eliminated. Prolonged eye contact or conversations are also grounds for elimination. The participant who maintains a pristine introverted juggling mental state for the longest duration will be declared the winner. Please note that this event may last much longer that the attention span of the spectators.

Come join us at the 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In April 10-12, 2015
Facebook event page: 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In

Friday, February 13, 2015

(It's not just a guy thing) FAMOUS FEMALE JUGGLERS!

 FAMOUS FEMALE JUGGLERS! by Ward Hartenstein


Lottie Brunn (1925 –2008) is generally regarded as the fastest female juggler of all time. She and her brother, Francis, were born in Germany and came to the United States in 1948. She performed 8 rings at the age of 14 and had a phenomenal career performing all over the world. Her act featured ball spinning, combination tricks, and toss juggling with balls, rings, and spring head clubs. Lottie was given the IJA Historical Achievement Award in 1992.


*Ward Hartenstein is a collector, creator, musician, historian and juggler. He will also be attending the 38th RIT Spring Juggle-In, you can catch up with him there.

RIT Club night Wednesday, February 11 2015

There was a good turn out to club on Wednesday despite the wind and cold.

Some highlights of the evening include the following:

Everyone was excited to see Alex Rozanov back at club, and Tim Peterson stopped by to say hi before he headed out on 5 week touring job with a Theater company.


Harrison continued his new fashion look of mixed business casual, which started at the beginning of the semester.  Always unique, his own special look is comprised of shirt, tie and tail. Not a "tails" like a tuxedo, rather a more casual fox tail.

Alia set a new personal best for 6 club passing with 10 passes in a row. 

Yasmeena was feeling adventurous and had Luke and I teach her multiple things relative to club passing.  She learned how to walk through the center of a 4 count pattern. how to stand in the center of the pattern and walk out and how to do club take-outs and steals from the 6 club pattern.

Solomon brought his latest pair of whips and demonstrated some 2 handed whip tricks.
He also shared his short whip with people and several people learned to crack a whip for the first time. I got a short video of Avery Thompson whip cracking and he was heard to say "Whips are Cool!" 
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Grace loves Marshmallows

Grace Alexander is coming to the RIT Spring Juggle-In, April 10-12, 2015.!

It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That being the case, what would  you say about Grace from this picture? 

I'm thrilled that she is joining us at the Juggle-In this year.  Due to restrictions on campus Grace will not actually be using a lit Hula Hoop in the show, but she is sure to burn up the floor with her moves.

More about the show here