Come August 31st, September 1st and 2nd to experience a juggling extravaganza!On Friday night we have a public FIRE show. Of course....lots of juggling in the gym on Saturday with a variety of free workshops for all levels of coordination. Don't miss the main show at 7pm on Saturday night followed by a late night renegade show. More juggling and games on Sunday for those jugglers who feel the previous two days was just a warm-up for Sunday.
BEGINNERS: Bring 3 balls, or your favorite juggling items, and we have plenty of free workshops to learn how to juggle or improve your skills. Be sure to attend the free learn to juggle workshop at 6pm on Saturday. *Please Note: Juggling is fun and highly addictive!
Saturday10:00 a.m. Workshops and Open Juggling. 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Workshop: Learn to juggle for beginners 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SHOW: Main Show - Located in the theater and open to the public. 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Break. Games in the gym: Juggling Combat! 11:00 p.m. – Midnight SHOW: Renegade Show - Located in the theater and open to the public. May not be suitable for children. More late-night juggling and sleep-deprived games. The gym is open all night long!!
Sunday10:00 a.m. Workshops and Open Juggling High Noon GAME: Slow Motion Gun Fight 1:00 p.m. Workshops and Open Juggling 5:00 p.m. Festival Ends
SPONSORS: Special thanks to our sponsors and vendors who are contributing to make this festival happen:
MAIN Show: The main show is open to the public and is fun for people of all ages. Show tickets will be available in the gym all day Saturday or at the door at the time of the show. Tickets will cost $15. Your ticket will get you into the Main show which starts at 7pm and into the late night Renegade show. The show is in the beautiful Rose theater at Rockhurst High School. These are amazing shows you do not want to miss! Who's in the show?
Luke Burrage - M.C. This year we welcome Luke Burrage. Luke was voted International Jugglers' Association People's Choice Award in 2004 and has hosted the main stage shows at every European Juggling Convention since 2005. He has been a professional juggler since 2003 and has performed on 7 continents, including Antarctica. In 2002 Luke and Ben Beever broke a world record passing 18 balls and broke it again in 2008 by juggling 19 balls. In 2003 Luke managed to equal another world record, juggling 12 balls solo. Luke has been headlining stages around the world including world class cruise ships like the Queen Mary 2. Luke will entertain us on the Rockhurst stage with his theatrical juggling show which offers a unique performance style. He combines his high level juggling skills with various media including specially recorded music, video projection, and the spoken word. His comedy juggling combined with his creative performance is sure to delight any audience.
Bronkar Lee - Headliner Bronkar Lee is the world's only rhythmic juggling beatboxer! Bronkar is from San Francisco and is well known for his high energy comedy, beatboxing, and juggling performances. His incorporation of music and other entertainment elements is a great reflection of the diversity that the Kansas City Juggling Club is all about. Bronkar will be bringing his show "Circus of Sound" which has made appearances all over the Untited States, Canada and Europe -- touring on cruise ships, music festivals, colleges and fair circuits. The "Circus of Sound" has also been featured on television programs such as America's got Talent, Good Morning Sacramento, Winnipeg's Global TV and Univision's Don Fransico Presents.
Savannah Miller You haven't seen anything until you have witnessed 15 yr. old, World Champion Baton Twirler, Savannah Miller. This baton twirler has been juggling her sticks since the age of 3, over the years earning many top titles and trophies across the country and the world. Top honors include Grand National Twirling Champion, 2 & 3 Baton National Champ and Miss Majorette of America. In April, she attended the 2012 World Twirling Championships held in Switzerland, winning all three of her events, bringing home the gold for USA in 1 baton, 2 baton & Rhythmic. This was her third world championships, in 2009 she won gold in Belgium and in 2006 she brought home gold from the Netherlands. The Kansas City Juggling club would like to congratulate Savannah for her recent accomplishment of winning the silver medal in the 2012 World Baton Championships! She will be a sophomore at St. Thomas-Aquinas in Overland Park, Kansas where she is the feature twirler for the Marching Brigade and she dances for the Spirits dance team.
Luna Breeze This is like magic, acrobatics and dance combined into one spectacular performance. Brie Blakeman (Luna Breeze) is a cirque hoop dancer, fire dancer, aerialist, and more. Her specialty is in traditional circus hula-hooping, combined with modern dance and circus theatrics. Since 2006 Blakeman has been charming audiences nationally and internationally with her stage presence and technical skills. In 2008 she traveled to India twice, hired by Samsung Mobile to promote the 2008 Olympic games through hula-hoop performance. Beyond just performing, Blakeman is also a co-founder, Artistic Director and Performer of MoonDrop Circus, Kansas City's “Fine Arts Family Circus”. Blakeman also teaches the art of hooping, and was recently recognized internationally as 2012 “Outstanding Hoop Instructor of the year.”(Hooping.org)
Ben Conde Yo-Yo extraordinare Ben Conde will be performing this year with his killer routines. Ben is a member of Yo-Yo Jam and a member of their contest team. He has several yo-yos released for him and was one of the youngest members of their Yo-Yo Jam team. He has received the “World’s Best” titles several times and recently placed 4th in world finals. He's also been awarded with “Freestyle of the Year” honors.
Rockhurst High School Juggling Club The Rockhurst Juggling Club will put on a juggling performance for everyone to enjoy.
Renegade Show: Get ready for the Renegade show! See experimental performances in Renegade that normally wouldn't qualify as an act in the main show. Some of the best juggling tricks and ideas come from the acts presented in this show. Renegade may not be suitable for all audiences.
LODGING: There are plenty of nice hotels in the area if you prefer to get a room for the night. If you're just looking for some "crash space" then you can contact the Kansas City Juggling Club on Facebook and we'll try to hook you up. Sorry, there is no sleeping in the gym and tents are not allowed on school property.
WHERE: The open juggling and workshops are held in the Rockhurst High School gymnasium. The entrance to the gym is located on the back side of the school. The main show and renegade show will be in the Rockhurst High School theater. The entrance to the theater is on the North side of the school.