Each year at the IJA Festival, the International Jugglers’ Association honors individuals who have been exemplary in their talent and/or service to the juggling community. Take a look at our past honorees.
IJA Award of Excellence
This award acknowledges the jugglers who have represented the best the art has to offer through a career of professional performance.
|1989||Anthony Gatto||1990||Kris Kremo|
|1991||Sergei Ignatov||1992||Michael Moschen|
|1993||Gregory Popovich||1995||Dick Franco|
|1996||Albert Lucas||1997||Art Jennings|
|2004||The Flying Karamazov Brothers||2006||The Passing Zone (Owen Morse and Jon Wee)|
|2007||Raspyni Brothers (Barry Friedman and Dan Holzman)||2008||Fred Garbo|
|2009||Michael Chirrick||2010||Tuan Lee|
|2011||Françoise Rochais||2013||Jeton the Gentleman Juggler (Jens Thorwächter)|
|2014||Paul Ponce||2015||Charlie Frye|
Historical Achievement Award
This award honors jugglers who have in their careers shown extraordinary juggling achievements.
The award consists of an engraved plaque.
|1991||Trixie Larue||1992||Lotte Brunn|
|1994||Gus Lauppe||1995||Rudy Cardenas|
|1996||Bob Bramson||1997||Ernst Kuhn Montego|
|2002||Evgeni Biljauer||2006||Kumar of India (Kumar Pallana)|
|2008||Tommy Curtin||2009||Dieter Tasso|
|2010||Nino Frediani||2011||Michael Davis|
|2012||Freddy Kenton||2013||Alberto Sforzi|
|2014||Airjazz (Peter Davison, Jon Held, Kezia Tenenbaum)||2015||Bobby Jule|
|2016||El Gran Picasso|
Bobby May Award
The IJA Bobby May Award honors a juggler or juggling coach for helping other jugglers with their acts. New and experienced performers alike seek out the advice and critique of their peers in their quest to improve their acts. Not everyone is receptive to these inquiries. However, some performers are known as able, receptive mentors who are always willing to help those who seek them out. The award is named for Bobby May, who was one of these mentors. Despite his international reputation, Bobby May always had time to coach young jugglers who showed up on his doorstep or at the backstage door.
|1995||Dan Holzman||2003||Nick Gatto & Albert Moreira|
|2004||Robert A. Nelson The Butterfly Man||2007||Steven Ragatz|
|2008||Michael Rossman||2009||Jay Gilligan|
|2010||Paul Bachman||2011||Matt Hall|
|2015||David Cain||2016||Richard Kennison|
IJA Extraordinary Service Award
This award is given to living jugglers who show outstanding service to the field of juggling. It is primarily intended for those who have shown consistent commitment to the promotion of juggling. The award consists of an engraved plaque.
|1989||Karl-Heinz Ziethen||1993||Bill Giduz|
|1997||Richard Chamberlin||1999||Ginny Rose|
|2000||Rob Peck & Dina Scharnhorst||2004||Roger Montandon|
|2005||Martin Frost||2006||Sandy Brown|
|2007||Alan Howard||2008||Todd Strong|
|2009||Jerry Martin||2010||Kim Laird|
|2012||Jay Ko||2013||Don Lewis|
|2014||Marilyn and Mike Sullivan||2014||Paul and Gabi Keast|
|2015||Erin Stephens||2016||Scott Seltzer|
IJA Founders Award
The IJA Founders Award is given to recognize a juggler whose performance at any point during the annual festival best reflects the spirit of vaudeville entertainment that the organization’s founders upheld. The award committee seeks a performer whose act shows a logical progression from beginning to middle to end, contains no drops, demonstrates outstanding and engaging characterization and conveys good comedy and variety arts skills.
|1991||Andrew Head||1992||Daniel Gulko|
|1993||Michael Menes||1994||Kosen Kagami|
|1995||John Gilkey||1996||Bob Nickerson|
|1999||Paul Arneberg||2007||Get the Shoe
Florian Mueller-Reissmann & Jochen Pfeiffer
Excellence in Education Award
This award is given to “to bring attention to the amazing people who teach juggling, for without them, where would we all be.” It recognizes outstanding efforts by individuals to teach juggling either to non-jugglers or to those who already juggle. Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the organization, and nominees need not be IJA members. The award is a framed certificate and three apples for the winning teacher. This award was created by, and has been sponsored for many years by Laura Green, a longtime friend of jugglers everywhere.
|1991||Dave Finnigan||1992||Mike Vondruska|
|1993||Jahnathon Whitfield||1994||Kit Summers|
|1995||Myron Wilcox||1996||Laurie Young & Kay Caskey|
|1997||Hovey Burgess||1998||Perry Rubenfeld|
|1999||Rob Peck||2000||Paul Arneberg|
|2001||Kevin O’Keefe||2002||Bud Markowitz, Michael Rosman & Todd Strong|
|2004||Jackie “Mr. E” Erickson||2005||Kevin Delagrange|
|2006||David Groth||2007||Art Thomas|
|2008||Joel Henderson||2009||Pierre Loiselle|
|2010||Liu Su-I 劉述懿||2011||Gary Parker|
|2012||Richard Kennison||2013||Bekah and Warren Hammond|
Award of Special Recognition
The Award of Special Recognition is given in appreciation to those who provide exceptional promotion to the public of the art of juggling.
Flamingo Club Award
Each year the Flamingo Club gives an award at the IJA summer festival to an outstanding young female juggler. The award winner is presented with a gift of new juggling props to inspire her to practice and continue the art form and encourage other girls to juggle also.
|1996||Elizabeth Sanberg||1997||Dorothy Finnigan|
|1998||Nicole Deese||1999||Melinda Gonzalez|
|2000||Lana Bolin||2001||Valida Prentice|
|2002||Jenna Ackerman and Michelle Mills||2003||Olga Galchenko|
|2004||Clara McCreery||2005||Courtney Voss and Amanda Richter|
|2006||Kimberly Martinez and Aubree Kolas||2007||Grace Bidgood|
|2008||Taylor Glenn||2009||Holly Johnston|
|2010||Ashley Ellis||2011||Holly Kline|
|2012||Delaney Bayles||2013||Andrea Schmeissner|
|2014||Erica Liddle||2015||Sophia Rosman|
People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award reflects the popularity of an individual performer or group of performers during the festival week. Festival attendees vote based on feelings about an individual’s or group’s contribution to the festival. Ballots must be turned in by the specified deadline (near the end of the festival). The winner is announced at one of the final festival events and receives a hand-crafted trophy made and donated by Russ O’Brien of the Akron juggling club.
|1987||Bounce & Ooo La La||1988||Philippine Pride Jugglers|
|1989||Sergei / Jeffrey Daymont||1990||Arsene|
|1991||Laura Green||1992||Elliot Cutler|
|1993||Masahiro Mizuno||1994||Ngaio Bealum|
|1995||John Gilkey||1996||Gil Pontius|
|1997||Jorg Muller||1998||Les Tourisks|
|1999||The Gandini Juggling Project||2000||Jason Garfield|
|2001||The Boehmer Family||2002||Perpetual Motion: Chuck Hawley & Anthony Shave|
|2003||Team Rootberry: Jonathan Root & Bill Berry||2004||Luke Burrage|
|2005||Matt Hall||2006||Tony Pezzo|
|2007||Get the Shoe (Florian Mueller-Reissmann and Jochen Pfeiffer)||2008||Billy Watson|
|2011||Showy Motion – Stefan Brancel & Ben Hestness||2012||Jack Denger|
|2013||Kellin Quinn||2014||Kellin Quinn|
|2015||Delaney Bayles||2016||Geoff Marsh|
Honorary Life Members
Honorary IJA Life Memberships are given in recognition of IJA members demonstrating dedicated service to the organization over a long period of time. The award consists of a framed certificate and all benefits of a lifetime membership in the IJA.
|Before 1979||George Barvin*||Before 1979||William Brown*|
|Before 1979||Eva Crosby*||Before 1979||Art Jennings*|
|Before 1979||Bernard Joyce*||1973||Roger Montandon|
|1979||Bill Dietrich||1979||Bobby May*|
|1979||Stu Reynolds||1983||Roger Dollarhide|
|1990||Mary Wilkins||1991||Phineas Indritz*|
|1995||Eddie Johnson*||1996||Betty Willer|
* Passed away.
If you know the date of induction of any the ‘Before 1979’ Honorary Life Members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.