A Message from the Chairman, March 2016

You know those moments when you are at a juggling festival and you witness tricks so amazing, so breathtaking, and so epic that they completely BLOW YOUR MIND? Yeah, it can get pretty intense. We’ve recently started a new video series dedicated to this very theme, aptly named ‘Mind Blown.’ The idea behind this collaborative video series is to have a trick theme for each video and have selected jugglers from all over the world that specialize in that particular style contributing their best tricks for that theme. The result: an in-your-face viewing experience so extreme that it will BLOW YOUR MIND! Check out the recently released first video in this series on pinball and BBB tricks.

In IJA Board news, Jared Davis has re-joined the IJA Board of Directors, filling in the vacant Board seat. Jared was an IJA Board member from 2013-2015, and we are glad to have him back in the mix!

Speaking of the IJA Board, nominations are open for the upcoming election. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in the IJA or know someone that you think would be a good fit, send a nomination over to: ijanominations@juggle.org

April 1st was the deadline for Stage Championships entries (not an April Fools joke!). This year, we are going to make a point to announce the names of those competing in the stage championships earlier than we have in recent years. With so much prize money on the line this year, who wouldn’t want an early sneak peak at the competition?! Just what sort of competition will we see in the championships this year you may be asking? While I do not know specifically at this point, one thing is for certain, the championships will BLOW YOUR MIND!

Festival info, including registration, is available at: https://juggle.org/festival.

Juggle on,
Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

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Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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