A Message from the Chairman, April 2016

Things are really heating up with our upcoming festival in El Paso — in one instance quite literally!

We are pleased to announced that fire troupe Odd-Lab will be at the festival! Not only that, but they will be kicking off our Friday Fire Nights jam with a special fire show! You can come out and watch their performance, then dive right into the action and juggle/spin fire yourself!

After much chatter and speculation, the final list of stage competitors has been released! See the listing below to see who will be competing for the massive prize money this year. Next month, we will have profiles for all the competitors.

JUNIORS
Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse (USA)
Christopher Haaser (USA)
Bennett Santora (USA)
Daniel Van Hoomissen (USA)

TEAMS
Balance-in-Motion – Neil Jordaan, Heather Marriott (USA)
Jonglissimo – Manuel Mitasch, Dominik Harant, Daniel Ledel (Austria)
Aki and Takeru – Aki Ueno, Takeru Hirano (Japan)
Totchees – Tetsuya Tochikubo, Ayaka Tochikubo (Japan)

INDIVIDUALS

Nathan Biggs-Penton (USA)
Josh Horton (USA)
Hiroki Kamei (Japan)
Sam Malcolm (USA)
Geoff Marsh (USA)
Jorden Moir (Canada)
Scott Sorensen (USA)

In addition to the stage competitors, we have also added several new special guests to the festival as well.

Interested in taking your juggling sequences to the next level? Don’t forget about about Emil Dahl’s special 2-day, 4-hour workshop on developing juggling sequences. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot in advance!

Lastly, don’t forget about The Gauntlet 3’s crowdfunding page. Generous IJA donor Unna Med is currently matching all contributions up to $4,000. Between research and development, material costs, transportation, and onsite construction, creating such an ambitious juggling themed obstacle course that we have planned for this year is an incredibly intensive project. With your help, we can make this one the best gauntlet yet!

Full festival info, including online registration, is available at: www.juggle.org/festival.

Juggle on,
Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

Nathan Wakefield

Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. Currently, he is The Chairman of the International Jugglers' Association. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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