IJA eNewsletter, March 2017

Editors: Don Lewis and Martin Frost

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  • Chair’s message
  • Special bundle price for IJA DVDs for 2014, 2015, 2016
  • New IJA website
  • Board nominations 2017
  • IRC Central America
  • Entering the IJA Stage Championships
  • Translation, please (Championships rules)
  • Updates for 70th IJA Juggling Festival, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 10-16, 2017
  • 2017 IJA Festival Lodging
  • Dining and drinking in Cedar Rapids
  • Special IJA Festival features
  • 5K Joggling road race
  • Aerial workshops
  • Busking competition
  • Cascade of Stars
  • Coaching lounge
  • David Cain’s The Museum of Juggling History
  • Erik Aberg’s “Definition of Juggling” lecture
  • Flow Zone
  • Flow, Glow and Diabolo Show
  • Free brunch
  • Glow out to dinner
  • Individual Prop Competitions
  • Jobs for jugglers
  • King of snacks table
  • Object Episodes – Experiments in Entertainment with Jay Gilligan and Erik Aberg
  • Peter Davison’s solo show “Movings”
  • Pinball tournament
  • Special workshops – all are free!
  • The Games of the IJA!
  • The Juggling History Show
  • Water skuggling
  • Welcome Show starring The Danger Zone (Passing Zone & The Danger Committee)
  • “Women in Juggling” video premiere & performance by Cindy Marvell
  • XJuggling
  • Youth Showcase
  • IJA Joggling World Championships
  • Numbers Championships
  • Stage Championships hosts
  • Special Guests of the 2017 IJA Festival
  • Registration is open for the historic 70th Annual IJA Festival
  • Vendor registration
  • Getting to the 2017 IJA Festival
  • Circus school audition in Germany
  • Casting call for jugglers – Showtime at the Apollo
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals

Chair’s message,
by Nathan Wakefield

Feel the Glow.

That’s the theme of this year’s IJA Festival, and for good reason: it’s our big 70th anniversary event and we are going the distance to make sure that there is something special for everyone. We want manipulators of all ages, styles, and backgrounds to come experience the warmth and togetherness at our event as we welcome diversity yet celebrate our commonalities at this year’s festival. IJA Festival Director Dan Holzman is going the extra mile to ensure that the event reflects this with the addition of a number of new special attractions for this year.

Oldschool juggling fans may be interested to know that Juggling Historian David Cain will have his juggling history museum at the festival. Attendees will be able to see antique props up close and learn the history about how some of these props were created and what legendary performers used them.  Erik Aberg and David Cain will also present a special juggling history show, demonstrating a variety of obscure juggling tricks from years gone by, some of which have not been performed for audiences in generations!

For those into more new-age juggling styles or flow arts, we will have a special Flow Zone at the festival to hang out, listen to music, and get your flow on. We also have a special Flow, Glow, and Diabolo Show, which will showcase the skills of top flow artists from all over the world.

If you’re into the more experimental side of juggling and want to get real weird with it, we’ve got that covered too! Jay Gilligan and Erik Aberg will be doing a extra show called ‘Object Episodes – Experiments in Entertainment’. Gilligan will also be leading a free special workshop called ‘Juggling Junk Food’ and juggling prop innovator Ameron Rosvall will be onsite teaching a workshop on how to create your own magnet clubs!

Athletically inclined jugglers may be excited to know that in addition to our usual joggling championships, the IJA will also be hosting its first ever USATF-certified 5k joggling road race! If that wasn’t enough for the sporty jugglers out there, there will also be a water skuggling (juggling while skiing) workshop (contact the organizer in advance)!

Other special events for this year include a series of aerial workshops, a video screening/discussion on women in juggling, a coaching lounge, a definition of juggling lecture, a special presentation of Peter Davidson’s full show ‘Movings’, and much more!

Of course, we will still have all of our regularly scheduled events as well. For full information on the festival, visit our website for all the details.

Speaking of festivals, our 2014, 2015 and 2016 event videos are now available on DVD! We’re running a limited time special where IJA members can get all three DVD 2-packs (six DVDs) for only $50. The videos will also be released to eJuggle for members in increments starting in April.

Feeling the glow,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

Special bundle price for IJA DVDs for 2014, 2015, 2016,
by Martin Frost

At long last we have released the DVD 2-packs for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 IJA festivals.  And to celebrate that release, for a limited time we’re offering all three years together (six DVDs) in a bundle to members for a super price of only $50 (normally $90 for members).  Each year’s DVD 2-pack is also available separately.

*2016 festival in El Paso, Texas, is captured in this two-DVD set.  Among other things, you’ll see Hiroki Kamei win Individuals, Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse win Juniors, and Jonglissimo win Teams.

*2015 festival in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, is captured in this two-DVD set.  Among other things, you’ll see Yusaku Mochizuki win Individuals, Delaney Bayles win Juniors, and Kentokaito win Teams.

*2014 festival in West Lafayette, IN, is captured in this two-DVD set.  Among other things, you’ll see Kota Hayashi win Individuals, Jack Denger win Juniors, and Institute of Juggology win Teams.

To order the 3-year bundle, go to the IJA Store and be sure to sign in to get the super member price.

New IJA website
by Erin Stephens and Martin FrostFest page screenshot

As many of you have seen, the IJA website www.juggle.org has a dynamic new look.

Our goal for the new site was to modernize its appearance and utility, while also optimizing for the festival, our programs and eJuggle.

Poke around in the drop-down menus under the main topics at the top of each page. Follow the links to our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram pages (but be sure to come back).

The Festival menu has links to a number of pages showing all fest information. Explore them to find out all about the festival. You will notice that for festival registration, as well as any part of the site that requires payment (membership, renewals, or the store), you will be directed to part of our membership site ym.juggle.org, which we have tried to make as similar to the new main site as possible, including having virtually identical links at the top of the page.

Under the Programs menu on the website, you can learn all about World Juggling Day, the Youth Juggling Academy, the IJA Regional Competitions (IRCs) and other IJA programs. The IRCs have an extensive section that includes a page for each of the different regions, some with videos (containing play/pause buttons). When an IRC is in the process of accepting preliminary entries, we will have a page with information about that competition, where it will be held, and how to apply (often this page will be in the language of the hosting region). We will also post a page announcing the finalists for each IRC once they have been selected, and of course the medalists for each competition will be reported.

On the World Juggling Day section, we will soon have a page where you can register your WJD event for 2017. We hope to even enable you to create your own WJD event webpage, which you can use to promote your event. It will be minimalistic but functional for having information and a map to your event. Everyone will be able to see where all the events are happening around the world.

eJuggle is integrated into the new site. The eJuggle menu shows you all the categories, and the main eJuggle page shows recent articles in each category. There is a category menu at the top of that page plus a search bar for finding something specific.eJuggle menu The Archives page (linked from the main eJuggle page) lists our 900+ eJuggle articles in reverse chronological order by year and month, in case you want to just peruse the list for an intriguing article or interesting video or perhaps want to find an article that came out at a specific time.

To take advantage of some of the benefits of being an IJA member, look under the Memberships menu to find eJuggle member-only content, vendor prop discounts and liability insurance.

Of course to access the numerous eJuggle member-only articles and videos, you need to be a member and signed in, so just click on SIGN IN at the top and a login window will pop up, which will sign you in under both the main site and the membership site (you can also reset your password from that pop-up window). Once logged in, you can also use the MEMBER SEARCH feature, linked from the bar at the top of each page, to find members in a particular area or to find contact information for a given member.

Look under the About menu for the Business section of the site, where you’ll see information about the Board of Directors and officers, as well as elections, finances and other business details. Be sure to check out the History page too.

The new site even has an auto-translate mechanism, activated via the orange triangle in the upper right corner of each page, for dynamically translating the site into any of a number of different languages. (It’s computer translation, so it’s not going to be perfect, but we hope it will be useful in lots of countries.)

Please let us know if there’s anything else you want to see on the website. And be sure to tell us if you have any problems with the site or have any other feedback for us. You can use the CONTACT US link at the top of each page to drop us a line.

Developing the new website has been a large undertaking by several volunteers, and we hope you enjoy the results!

Board nominations 2017
by Don Lewis

Start thinking about who you want to see on the IJA Board ballot for the 2017-2019 period. This year, there are three positions open on the seven member Board.

Board members have a fiduciary duty to the IJA. That simply means that they must act in the best interests of the association. Board members are expected to attend monthly phone meetings, be aware of ongoing projects, and ensure that basic business requirements are met. The IJA does have professional bookkeeping service to ensure that financial information is presented in an understandable and timely manner.

Some people may be concerned about the potential risk of being on a non-profit Board.  There is no doubt that it is a responsibility.  However, the IJA maintains a comprehensive Directors and Officers liability insurance package.  This makes it practical for people to participate in the governance of the IJA without placing themselves at risk from the unexpected.

Individual roles on the Board can vary.  Some choose to work extensively on specific projects, while others are more comfortable with an oversight role.  It can be a fascinating experience.  The IJA cannot prosper without participation.  Take your juggling to the next level by showing the IJA how to thrive.

Nominate yourself or someone you would like to see on the IJA Board.  Be aware that the person staring back at you in the mirror is the best person to represent your views and ambitions for the future of juggling.

Send your nominations to https://juggle.org/business/nominations/

IRC Central America,
by Erin Stephens

On March 31st we will be holding the third annual IRC Central America. This event will be held at GuateCirko in Mixco, Guatemala. We are excited to partner with one of the largest festivals in Central America for this event.

The finalists for the IRC Centroamerica 2017 are:

Berny Molino – Guatemala
Levis Valdivia Rivera – Nicaragua
Adriana Quiñonez – Guatemala
Juan Pablo Granados – Costa Rica<
Circo Milowix ft. Alioska Zamora y Melvin Doinguez – Costa Rica y El Salvador
Estuardo Camposano – Guatemala
Cesar Daniel Castillo Mora – Costa Rica
Jose Pablo Chavarria Mora – Costa Rica

Good luck to all the competitors in Guatemala this Friday!

And the IRC Middle East will be taking place at the Israeli Juggling Convention mid-April. Stay tuned for info on the results in the April eNewsletter or on the IJA social media.

Entering the IJA Stage Championships

The IJA Stage Championships is a prestigious international competition recognizing top-level entertainment by offering medals and prize money for juggling performances. The goal of the IJA Stage Championships is to reward a stage-performed juggling act that is entertaining and marketable to a broad audience.

All competitors in the IJA Stage Championships (Juniors, Teams and Individuals) must be IJA members and must complete the Stage Championships Entry Form, pay their entry fee, and submit a link to a video of their actual competition act by May 15. Juniors entrants must be under 18 years of age on July 12, 2017.  Competitors should read the full rules and details on the IJA Stage Championships page. If you have questions, contact the IJA Championships director by email at championships@juggle.org.

For 2017, here’s the Stage Championships prize money for the top three finishers in each event.  Each prize amount listed for Teams is the full amount that will be awarded to the given team, regardless of the number of jugglers in the team.  Big thanks to our anonymous donor Unna Med, for making this prize money possible!



Translation, please (Championships rules)

The IJA has been expanding its appeal to jugglers around the globe.  The success of the IJA Regional Competitions (IRC) has resulted in a great deal of interest in the IJA and its programs from jugglers in many countries.

And now the new IJA website has an auto-translate mechanism activated by the orange triangle in the upper right corner of each page, which we hope helps make the site more accessible to people the world over.

However, some important things need to be precisely translated to avoid misunderstandings.  Our Championships Rules form the basis of our stage competitions.  We’d like them to be correctly rendered in other languages so that all competitors can understand our requirements.  We particularly do not want to have to disqualify a competitor because a computer translation was not very accurate.

We are looking for some volunteers that can update our existing Spanish translation of the rules, since they changed somewhat after that translation was made.  It would be nice to also have a version of the rules in Chinese and possibly other languages.

If you can devote some hours to helping the IJA with translation, please get in touch.  Contact us at info@juggle.org if you want to help out and we’ll let you know what needs to be translated and how we need the translation laid out.  It is important work and a great service to offer the IJA.

Updates for 70th IJA Juggling Festival, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 10-16, 2017,
by Martin Frost

If you haven’t made your hotel reservations at the DoubleTree, do so right away.  There are only a few rooms left at the IJA price.  We have another hotel with IJA rates though about 4 miles away: Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids (see details in the Lodging section below or on the website).

Feel free to make use of the 2017 IJA Festival Forum for finding folks to share a ride or hotel room with.

Brunch Wednesday through Saturday is free for Event Package holders, or $20/day for others, except $10/day for kids 5-10 and free for kids under 5.

Erik Aberg will be giving a lecture on the History of Props (Tue. 3pm), in addition to his lectures on Paul Cinquevalli (Wed. 3pm) and on the Definition of Juggling (Thu. 3pm) and his Juggling History extra show with David Cain ($10, Tues. 11pm) and his Object Episodes extra show with Jay Gilligan ($10, Wed. 11pm).

Speaking of extra shows, there are four of them at the festival, including the above two plus the Flow, Glow & Diabolo Show ($10, Thu. 11pm) and the Movings show by Peter Davison ($10, Fri. 5pm).  The extra shows are not included in the Event Package.  Each extra show costs $10 ($5 for children 10 or under), with tickets being available at the registration desk on-site at the festival. All four shows are also open to the public at the same price.

Adult tickets to the shows in the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights (including the Youth Showcase, the Stage Championships and the Cascade of Stars) will be available at half price for those who show an Iowa photo ID.  (Half price tickets are not available for the Welcome show on Tuesday.)

We’ve updated the festival schedule (and the sections below) with some time and/or day changes and some new events.

All festival information is available on our newly modernized website.

2017 IJA Festival Lodging,
by Mike Sullivan

NOTE: The IJA rooms at the DoubleTree Hotel are about sold out.  Contact them soon or see below for info on rooms at our other IJA hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids.

Official Festival Headquarters Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex ($109.00/night single through quad) — The IJA headquarters hotel is located in the same building as the gym, workshop spaces and Renegade venue, and a 5-minute walk to the Paramount Theatre. Numerous restaurants, bars, shops and city parks are within an easy walk.

The DoubleTree Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex is a brand-new, modern, high-rise hotel that is attached to the U.S. Cellular Center Convention Center and arena. You can ride the hotel elevator from your room in the hotel and walk right into the gym through the hotel lobby, without ever leaving air-conditioned comfort!  The DoubleTree Hotel is the right choice for jugglers who want the best combination of convenience and comfort for the week!

Check out all of these great reasons to choose the DoubleTree Hotel for the most carefree week of festival fun in Cedar Rapids:

  • 275 modern, clean, quiet, comfortable rooms, all of them just a quick elevator ride away from the gym, workshops and Renegade.
  • On-site dining at 350 First, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. Open 6:30am to 1:30pm for breakfast and lunch; 5:30pm to 9pm for dinner, 7 days a week. The adjacent lounge is open 4:30pm-late for cocktails and bar food with spectacular views of the city and riverfront.
  • Indoor heated pool and full fitness center.
  • In-room dining available 6:30am – 9pm.
  • Hilton HHonors Digital Key — use your smartphone to automatically unlock your guest room door, and check in and check out without stopping at the reception desk on your arrival and departure day! Use the Hilton HHonors app to customize your stay, choose your room from a digital floor plan, and much more! Get the free app from the Google Play store or the App Store.
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the property for all jugglers reserving with the special IJA rate.
  • Free airport shuttle for all registered guests to and from Eastern Iowa Airport (CID). Call the hotel for details and pick-up times.
  • Free secured garage parking for all jugglers reserving with the special IJA rate.

Use this special IJA group booking link, or book at Hilton.com and enter Group Code IJA.

If reserving by phone, tell the reservationist you are booking at the IJA (International Jugglers’ Association) group rate using group code IJA.

DoubleTree Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Hotel direct phone: 1-319-731-4444
Hotel Website

IJA Group Rate booking link

And to make your festival week as affordable as possible, IJA has negotiated an amazing rate of just $109.00/night single through quad, plus 12% state and local tax and $1.00/room/night city tourism fee ($123.08/night total).

To book your stay at the exclusive IJA festival group rate:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 1-319-731-4444 between 5am-6pm Central Time Monday-Friday, or use this special booking link to book online. (If you have any problems with the online booking, please call the hotel directly to make your reservation).
  2. Tell the reservationist you are booking at the IJA group rate, or enter group code IJA when reserving online.
  3. Use your credit card to guarantee your reservation. No deposit is required.
  4. BOOK BY JUNE 9, 2017, to obtain the IJA rate.
  5. Availability is limited, so book soon!

Auxiliary Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids

The Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids is a modern, limited-service hotel located 4.0 miles / 10 minutes by car from downtown Cedar Rapids. IJA has negotiated special rates for jugglers on a limited number of rooms during our festival week.

The Comfort Inn is at 2025 Werner Ave NE, one block away from the I-380 Collins Road exit on the north side of Cedar Rapids. It will take guests less than 10 minutes driving time to reach the DoubleTree Hotel downtown and the U.S. Cellular Center. The hotel is also located on the biking/hiking trail that runs from the north side of Cedar Rapids all the way downtown to the DoubleTree and U.S. Cellular Center, so you could even bike, unicycle, skate, walk or run to the festival!

The Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids offers many value-added amenities for jugglers to make their stay comfortable and convenient:

  • Smoke-free property
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free parking
  • In-room mini-fridge, microwave oven and coffeemaker
  • 32″ flat-screen HDTVs in every room
  • Guest laundry
  • Free hot buffet breakfast every morning for all registered guests
  • Hotel Manager Penny serves a home-cooked evening meal to all her guests Monday-Thursday nights! Call for details!
  • Fitness center with heated indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Business center with laser printer and desktop computer workstation

Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids has the following room types available at special IJA Festival rates, based on very limited availability.

  • King bed, accessible room (room type HNK): $99.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple
  • King bed (room type NK): $99.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple
  • Double Queen bed (room type NQQ): $99.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple
  • Queen Suite, with 3 queen beds (room type QQQ): $124.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple
  • King Suite, accessible room (room type SHNK): $114.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple
  • King Suite (room type SNK): $114.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple
  • Double Queen suite, two queen beds (room type SNQQ): $114.99 single or double, $10 extra person for triple

All rooms & suites are non-smoking. The IJA rate is available for nights starting July 10 through the night of July 15, 2017 (for checkout on Sunday, July 16). Add 12% state and local tax and $1.00/room/night city tourism fee to all rates.

Hotel website
To reserve: call the hotel directly at 319-378-8888. Tell the reservationist that you want to reserve under the International Jugglers’ Association rate, group code 2915501. HURRY! AVAILABILITY IS VERY LIMITED!

Dining and drinking in Cedar Rapids
by Mike Sullivan – Festival Registrar, Future Site Coordinator

Jugglers coming to the IJA’s historic 70th Annual festival this July in Cedar Rapids will be delighted with all the close, convenient, reasonable and delicious options for dining and drinking in downtown Cedar Rapids, all within a comfortable walk from our HQ hotel, the gym and our evening performance venue, the Paramount Theatre. And since we’re in the Midwest, America’s Bread Basket, food is cheap and abundant, and portions are HUGE! You will need to juggle night and day to keep from adding a few pounds during your visit to Cedar Rapids!

Take it from those of us who have been there multiple times to visit our festival venues: downtown Cedar Rapids has a nice collection of excellent, casual and fun restaurants and bars, and you’ll be able to choose from many great places for your meals all week long.

Here are some of our favorites, all within an easy walk of the DoubleTree Hotel and U.S. Cellular Center. Entries marked with a ✔️ are highly recommended by your Festival Director and Festival Registrar!

350 First – Located atop the DoubleTree Hotel, 350 First offers spectacular views of downtown Cedar Rapids and the Cedar River, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. For lunch, try the Perfect “10” Lunch Menu — select from 10 items from the existing lunch menu for $10.00 (entrée, non-alcoholic beverage and tax). Dine with this special menu from Monday to Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm. The adjacent 350 First Lounge offers bar fare selections and a full bar, open from 2:30pm – 11pm.
Jersey’s Downtown – 200 1st Avenue NE, adjacent to the DoubleTree Hotel and U.S. Cellular Center. Fun, casual sports bar and restaurant open 4pm-2am seven days a week for dinner and late-night dining with a full bar. Burgers, salads, appetizers and daily specials.
Blue Strawberry Coffee Company – ✔️118 2nd Street SE, about a 4-minute walk (just 900 feet!) from the DoubleTree Hotel. Excellent coffee shop and breakfast restaurant very conveniently located around the corner just one block from the DoubleTree Hotel. Blue Strawberry has a very good selection of gourmet coffees and teas, smoothies, pastries and desserts, plus salads, and several outstanding breakfast wraps, breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches.
Bricks Bar & Grill – 320 2nd Avenue SE, about a 4-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. Local hangout with a full bar and a full menu. Over 50 beers on tap, and a menu featuring meats smoked in-house, all inside an historic century-old building. Open 11am-2am seven days.
Ruby’s Pizzeria – ✔️ 223 2nd Street SE, about a 5-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. Ruby’s Pizzeria is a local favorite serving giant pizzas, subs and sandwiches and salads, plus a nice selection of craft beers on tap. Super lunch deals with slices starting at just $3.
White Star Ale House – 305 2nd Ave. SE, about a 4-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. White Star Ale House is an upscale casual restaurant and bar located inside an historic old bank building. Featuring an American Contemporary menu, White Star Ale House has a very large menu available for dinner seven days a week, with everything from burgers and seafood to beef, chicken, pork and pasta entrées. Open 3:30-10pm daily, plus late night on most weekend nights.
Jimmy John’s – 411 3rd Street SE, about a 7-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. A downtown location of the ubiquitous sub shop, with nearly instant free delivery in downtown! About a 5-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. Open 10:30am-9pm Mon-Sat, closed Sunday.
NewBo City Market – 1100 3rd St SE — An indoor farmer’s and artisan market located right up the street from the DoubleTree Hotel, about ten blocks walk (20 minutes). Filled with nearly a dozen food vendors offering everything from locally-produced wines and produce to pizza, ice cream, sandwiches, baked goods, coffees and teas and much more, the Newbo Market is a must-see stop when you visit Cedar Rapids. There’s also a Cedar Rapids Visitor Center booth inside, and the Market is adjacent to the Czech Village shopping and dining district (see below). Open Thursday & Friday, 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.
The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery – ✔️ 616 2nd Ave. SE, about a 7-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. Superb pinball bar and restaurant, and the home of the IJA’s Pinball Tournament, hosted during this year’s festival by Richard Kennison. Very nice selection of Iowa craft beers on draft including up to a dozen of their house brews, plus a full menu of pizza, salads, appetizers, and sliders. And check out the array of classic and contemporary pinball machines in the bar and play to win in this year’s IJA Pinball tournament!
Black Sheep Social Club – ✔️600 1st Street SE, about a 13-minute walk from the DoubleTree Hotel. Astoundingly elegant bar and restaurant along the river, located inside an historic clock factory. Featuring Midwest “comfort food” served in an upscale casual setting inside a beautiful, fully-restored factory building, Black Sheep Social Club is a top favorite among locals for lunch and dinner. The bar is one of the most beautiful spaces you will ever see in an old building, so be sure to check it out! Open Mon-Sat 11am-2pm for lunch, 5pm-10pm dinner; bar open all restaurant hours plus late on Friday and Saturday nights.

Czech Village / NewBo : Walk ten blocks southeast on 3rd Street SE out the door of the DoubleTree Hotel and you’ll be in the Czech Village / NewBo area of downtown Cedar Rapids. The district has a collection of excellent local, independent restaurants, bars, coffee shops and breweries, and they are all worth the walk. “Czech” out all of these fine establishments in the Czech Village and NewBo area during your week in Cedar Rapids:

Parlor City Pub & Eatery – ✔️ 1125 3rd Street SE — Fabulous food for lunch and dinner, plus over 50 beers on tap and a full bar! Amazing burgers, sandwiches, pizza and much more. Open 11am-2am Monday-Friday, and opening at 8am on Saturday and Sunday for breakfast!
Brewhemia – ✔️ Very cool coffee shop with breakfast and lunch selections in a cozy, airy space, plus beer and wine and free Wi-Fi! Open for breakfast and lunch 7am-6pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm Saturday, and 8am-5pm Sunday.
Bata’s Restaurant – 1006 3rd Street SE — Upscale American restaurant with a varied menu of pizza, sandwiches, entrées and much more, and rated to have the “best burger in Cedar Rapids!” Open 11:30am-8:30pm Tuesday-Saturday.
Lion Bridge Brewing Company – 59 16th Ave. SW — Across the “Lion Bridge” from NewBo/Czech Village, Lion Bridge is Cedar Rapids’ local downtown craft brewery and restaurant. Excellent house-brewed ales and lagers always available in the taproom, plus sandwiches and bar favorites from the kitchen. A great place to hang out, drink or eat, right on the banks of the Cedar River! Open Wednesday-Friday 3pm-10pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, Sunday Noon-8pm.

Here are some additional resources to check out for even more ideas on places to eat and drink in downtown Cedar Rapids:

NewBo City Market
Czech Village
Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance Dining Guide
The Cedar Rapids Ale Trail: Buy 7-day Cedar Rapids Ale Trail mobile passport for just $10 and get over $500 in coupons and discounts at more than 25 participating breweries, distilleries and restaurants!
Cedar Rapids Downtown & Metro Area Map
Go Cedar Rapids (Official Tourism Authority) Dining & Restaurant Guide
Yelp’s listings for restaurants in our downtown festival area, most of which are listed above.


All events are subject to change.


Come join local runners and compete in a 5K road race on a USATF-certified course.

Races in the usual other joggling distances will also be run.  For details see the IJA World Joggling Championships article below.



Presented by Craig Lewis, owner of Night Owl Circus Arts in Johnson City, TN, and Laura Ernst Kinetic Entertainment.

Aerial workshops are open to all beginners including first-time students! Instructors will work individually with each student and adapt to their level of strength and comfort. In class, you’ll learn many movements in the silks, hammock, and aerial hoop depending on the workshop you choose.

Aerial Workshops
Beginner Aerial Fabric
Beginner Aerial Hammock
Beginner Aerial Hoop
Advanced Aerial Fabric
Advanced Aerial Hammock
Open Aerial Playtime 

(Free Playtime for People with Previous Aerial Experience)

Open to ages 13+. Max 8 students per workshop.
For information and to sign up contact Laura Ernst at:



$1,000 in cash prizes at stake, and 10,000 people to entertain at Cedar Rapids downtown Farmer’s Market. The IJA is seeking four masters of the pitch to step forth and do battle. Each performer will get two shows to pass the hat, with one of those shows being on the judging pitch, where a panel of expert judges will cast votes to select the IJA 2017 Busking Champion.

To be considered for this year’s event, please submit an email with a link to your promotional materials to: festival2017@juggle.org.  There is no entry fee.  Deadline for submitting promo materials is to be announced.




It is only fitting that the highlight of the 70th Anniversary of the IJA Festival is called the “Cascade” of Stars. Like a river flowing with juggling luminaries, this show will shine a light on the brightest stars in the juggling world.

Starring special guests Gena Shvartsman Christiani and Paul Ponce, along with a cast of thousands*.

Directed by Peter Davison.

*Some claims may be exaggerated for theatrical purposes.


Gena Shvartsman was born in Russia on March 2, 1983, and immigrated to the United States in 1991. Her father, Eugene Shvartsman, taught her to juggle when she was almost six years old. Gena is a fourth generation circus performer.  Gena is our 2017 Award of Excellence Winner, has put together a special performance, and will be conducting a free workshop for the 70th Anniversary of the IJA Festival!

Paul Ponce’s act has been a hit in practically any type of venue around the world, from New York to Tokyo, Melbourne to Monte Carlo, Berlin to Los Angeles. One success after another has led this 6th generation performer to a magnificent career starting at age 7, and leading him to perform at some of the most prestigious stages around the world. A high energy act loved by all and seen by millions around the globe.


For 8 hours over 2 days, professional juggling coach Richard Kennison will offer tips and video feedback on tricks, juggling technique, and proper form. Visit Richard in the coaching lounge and get the expert eye you need to take your juggling skill to new heights.



Welcome to the Museum of Juggling History – the touring exhibit. Here you’ll be able to see pictures of famous jugglers from the past and some of the rarest, most important juggling props in the world. The items in this collection have been donated to, purchased by, or rescued by, David Cain, a professional juggler and juggling historian from Middletown, Ohio. The collection is usually on display in the normal museum setting, located in Middletown, Ohio, but is sometimes displayed as an exhibit at juggling and circus festivals, like this year’s IJA Festival. The purpose of this collection is to preserve the history of juggling through the props that make the art possible.



Erik Aberg will present his long awaited “Definition of Juggling” lecture. Expect standing room only crowds and heated debates.

Erik will also present lectures on the History of Props and on the great juggler Paul Cinquevalli (Erik will also present The Juggling History Show with David Cain and Object Episodes with Jay Gilligan).

History of Props, TUESDAY, 3PM – 4PM, FREE
Paul Cinquevalli, WEDNESDAY, 3PM – 4PM, FREE
Definition of Juggling, THURSDAY, 3PM – 4PM, FREE


Need a place to chill out, relax, and take a time out while you’re checking out the latest fads in flow? Experience the Zen manipulation wisdom that only master teachers and performers like Kevin Axtell, Jonathan Alvarez, Jeremiah Johnston and Emily Jane Perkulator can teach. Listen to the music, kick back on the bean bag chairs, and juggle lava lamps (oops, let’s scratch that last idea). Come over to the flow zone and #feeltheglow.


Co-hosted by Kevin Axtell and Matt Hall.

Flow and juggling meet head-on in this fast paced show of “light and laughter.” Featuring the talents of:

Jeremiah Johnston
Dan Holzman
Elise Vanpraet
Emily Jane Perkulator
Kevin Buugeng
Noel Yee
Jonathan Alvarez
The Diabolo Duo of Alexis Levillon and Victor De Bouvere

$5 for children 10 or under


Thanks once again to the kindness and wisdom of our anonymous donor iiWii (whoever it is knows that jugglers like to eat), there will be a free buffet brunch taking place Wednesday through Saturday.  Brunch will be in the Bud Light Lounge on the lobby level of the U.S. Cellular Center.

Brunch vouchers are included with all Festival Event Packages and can be purchased on-site for others for $20/day.  Purchase your Event Package by March 15 for the best price and get the free brunch with it.

Please carry any extra food to go inside your stomach.



Friday night get out your glow props* and “glow” out in to the city of Cedar Rapids. Check out the dinner specials offered at the local downtown restaurants, mix and mingle with the local residents, and explore the nighttime charms of the “City of Five Seasons”.

*There will be no fire jam this year. Jugglers are being encouraged to leave their fire equipment at home, and bring illuminated props instead.

This year’s motto when it comes to lit props is: ”If it glows, it throws.”


This year in Cedar Rapids there will be three individual prop competitions: 3 clubs, 3 rings, and 3 balls. Each event will have a 90-second time limit. Jugglers will perform single-prop routines to music of their own choice and be judged on technique, presentation and choreography. Prelims to be announced if needed.  Over $500 in prizes. Not open to competitors using the same prop in any of the Stage Championships (Juniors, Individuals and Teams).


Sponsored by Flying Clipper Juggling Balls


Christian Ruiz de Loreto, a Diabolo manufacturer with a focus on teaching Diabolos through school P.E. programs is looking to create job opportunities for jugglers. Based in California, he is looking to expand his program into other states and is seeking qualified candidates to teach and sell Diabolos for him at schools across the U.S.

Jugglers interested in interviewing with him while at the IJA Festival should have strong skills with one diabolo and at least a basic ability to do two. (You will be required to pass a background check to work in the schools.)

Jugglers interested in this job opportunity can visit Christian at his booth at the 2017 IJA Festival, or get information and set up a job interview in advance by writing to: christian@jestergames.com.


After many years of feudal warfare and carnage, Mark Hayward has defeated those who oppose him and has risen to become “The King of Snacks”. Jugglers are encouraged to bring a favorite or local snack from their hometown for the IJA Snack Table, as a token of favor to the one-and-only Mark “The King of Snacks” Hayward.


I would say more, but how can you describe the indescribable? You can’t. I know because I tried, and it was hard to do. So just go and see for yourselves, and then tell me.

Thank you in advance,
Dan Holzman, Festival Director

$5 for children 10 or under


Peter combines the artistry of a physical comedian, dancer, and National Juggling Champion in a one-of-a-kind performance that transforms the stage into a magical world of motion. Rather than using standard juggling and circus props, Peter finds extraordinary things to do with ordinary objects, which he brings to life as characters in a pantomime, or partners in a dance.

$5 for children 10 or under


Crack your knuckles and loosen your wrists. The 2017 IJA Festival is looking for some “pinball wizards” to play the silver ball and see if they can beat the IJA’s resident Pinball Ace Richard Kennison and all comers in a Pinball Tournament. Scores will be collected during the week (using juggler selfies with their score), and the finals will be held on Friday night in Downtown Cedar Rapids at The Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery.




Jay Gilligan will lead three one-hour workshops entitled “Juggling Junk Food”. These tricks are definitely not part of the four basic food groups, but you will find Jay’s workshop nourishing to your artistic and creative juggling soul.




Alexis Levillon “The Future of Diabolo” The latest tricks and techniques for Diabolo fanatics of all levels. Two one-hour workshops.





Peter Davison will host two one-hour workshops: Stage movement, choreography, and physical theater as applicable to jugglers will be explored. Bring a few basic props of your choice and get ready to move!




Learn how to make your own magnet clubs and more with the wizard of magnets and mystery Ameron Rosvall.



IJA Games Director Brian Koenig, in association with the Laws of Gravity presents: The 2017 Games of the IJA! (So amazing this year that the name has an exclamation point at the end of it.)

Games Under Consideration by the
Galactic Federation of Jugglers

Endurance Games:
Club Balance 5 Ball – 7 Ball – 5 Club
Blind Juggling
Club Passing (8,9,10)
Mixed Prop Endurance

Fun Games:
Best Trick
Worst/Silliest Trick
Diabolo Bucket Toss
Holzman/Sensei Sez
Wheel Barrow Races
Erratic Passing
Fewest Catches of 3 in a Minute
Speed Club Passing
Distance Passing

For more information contact Brian at: games2017@juggle.org.




The Juggling History Show is a first-of-its-kind presentation at an IJA Festival. Juggling historians and full-time performers Erik Aberg and David Cain have created a show that will resurrect juggling tricks from the past that modern audiences and jugglers have never or rarely seen, and they’ll provide background information about the tricks.

They will also share videos of Bobby May, King Repp, Adanos, Trixie, and others that have never been made public before. Please be sure to join Erik, David, and several special guests for this one-of-a-kind performance.

$5 for children 10 or under

Proceeds help fund the museum at the festival.


As part of an ambitious pursuit to make this year’s IJA the biggest and best festival yet, the International Jugglers Association is joining forces with the Five Seasons Ski Team for the first ever Water Skuggling Workshop!

What in the world is water skuggling? It’s the rare combination of advanced water skiing and advanced juggling, pioneered in 2012 by Doug Sayers and the Five Seasons Ski Team. In the few short collaborations with Doug, and later with Bob and Trish Evans, they’ve done everything from juggling 7 balls, to passing, bounce juggling, and even juggling in a human pyramid.

But there’s so much more that could be done with this concept! We’re looking for a small group of motivated jugglers to think outside the box and open it to the stylistic diversity of modern juggling. Water skiing experience is helpful, but not required. Those who are athletic and have experience with learning balance and stability skills usually learn to ski quickly. However, water skuggling is a multitasking skill, so our students will need to be able to juggle while focusing on skiing.

If you’re selected, you will learn one-on-one from experienced members of the nationally competitive Five Seasons Ski Team, using the best and safest equipment available. And of course, if it’s not on video, it never happened. We’ll be using multiple waterproof GoPro cameras to make sure you have plenty to show off afterwards.

This class will be held at Ellis Park along the Cedar River, about 1.8 miles from the U.S. Cellular Center. Days, times and pricing TBA — contact David Lammers for further information. This is a limited capacity class, so if you’re interested, please either Message David Lammers on Facebook, or email him at: skuggling@juggle.org.

For more excitement, find the Five Seasons Ski Team on all major social media, and follow the IJA for more reasons not to miss the historic 70th annual festival, in Cedar Rapids on July 10-16, 2017.



A one-time only IJA Exclusive Event!

Watch as two titans of the variety entertainment world combine their talents into an epic entertainment spectacle of thrills and laughter. See juggling clubs and throwing knives collide when “The Danger Zone” takes the stage. With special guest Mantega Cirku from New Zealand.



In 2002 Connie “Paprika” Leaverton and Cindy Marvell joined forces in documenting women jugglers across the globe in the film “Trailblazers, Women Who Juggle.”

In 2013, Paprika continued the project, and went on to film on the Asian Pacific Islands of Tonga where almost all women juggle. Juggling (or Hiko) is also a cultural dance, an ancient song, a sport and a game for women of all ages and has been in their culture for 3000 years.

Join us for partial screenings of both documentaries and a discussion on women and men jugglers from around the world.



XJuggling is the fast paced, non-stop, best trick competition. This is about pushing the limits of creativity and possibility. You’ll see the best jugglers in the world pull off their most incredible, insane, cutting-edge tricks — or crash and burn.

Watch the Highlights video from 2015.

For more info visit xjuggling.com, or contact organizer Jack Kalvan at: xjuggling2017@juggle.org.



The Youth Showcase is a special opportunity for young jugglers up through age 18 or so to present their talents to a supportive audience in a non-competitive environment. If you have a routine that demonstrates your skills but you are not quite ready to compete in the Juniors, this is the show for you. The Youth Showcase is professionally produced with a technical rehearsal. It is presented just before the Juniors Championships. Interested performers, or their parents, should contact Youth Showcase show producer Art Thomas at youthshowcase2017@juggle.org.



The 2017 IJA World Joggling Championships is coming to Iowa on Saturday, July 15, 2017!

This year’s competitions will feature a road race on a USATF-certified 5K course, hosted by Bill Bails of Junction Jugglefest and local sponsors. Following the road race, events will continue at Coe College’s Clark outdoor track, with various shorter distance races and sprints, as well as a relay event.  The Coe College track is at the corner of 14th St. NE and C Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, 1.1 miles from the U.S. Cellular Center.

The road race will start at 7:30am and will be chip-timed. Jogglers will have transportation to the 5K route, as well as to the Coe College track and back to the main fest venue. The track events are anticipated to take place around 9:30am-12:30pm and will include 3-ball, 5-ball and 7-ball joggling events, which will also be timed for new world records.

Highlights for this year: Two joggling venues, including IJA’s first official 5K road race.

Chip timing for the 5K: You get to run with a chip transponder in your shoe that accurately tracks and reports your performance time. How neat is that?

USATF cerfitied course: This is the second time the IJA is hosting a road race-style event in the last three years, though this time the route is officially certified. This could be your opportunity to set, or witness, a new world record at the IJA Joggling Championships! (https://www.recordholders.org/en/list/joggling.html)

Runners welcome: For the first time, we are encouraging the local running community to join in the IJA’s road race. Runner or joggler, you’ll have the opportunity to win prizes! This is a great opportunity for runners and jogglers to mingle and for the IJA to promote the sport of joggling.  You’ll find it’s a total mind-body workout!

T-shirts and prizes: We are planning the return of some long-requested joggling T-shirts. A limited number will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and more information on shirts will be made available around May if you have registered online. There will also be surprises for top joggling performers!

The entry fee for jogglers will cover entry to all joggling events (including the 5K road race), snacks, drinks, possible T-shirts (see above) and hours of fun! Joggling keeps your mind sharp, steadies your juggling form and improves endurance, and it’s good for your health in general. Start training now, and we hope to see you at this year’s IJA World Joggling Championships!!

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s joggling competition (driver, judge, first aid, etc.) or looking for more information, please contact Emily Moore at joggling2017@juggle.org.

Rough Schedule (subject to change):
6:30 or 7am: Buses depart for road race
7:30am: 5K road race begins
8-8:30am: Snacks and drinks, followed by informal awards for road race
8:30-9am: Wrap up race and transportation to Coe College track (corner of 14th St. NE and C Ave. NE)
9am: Track opens, warm up at Coe College for those who have arrived
9:30am: Track events commence
12-12:30pm: Relay and end of track meet
12:30pm: Return to fest site
~4pm: Joggling awards ceremony



The competitors in the IJA Numbers Championships challenge each other as well as all past Numbers champions — and the laws of physics! See who can successfully juggle, individually and in teams, the greatest numbers of balls, clubs, rings and bounced balls. Cash prizes will be awarded, including a special prize for breaking IJA Numbers records.

Individuals interested in competing must read the IJA Numbers Championships Rules.

See the Numbers Directors, Merry Spahr and Scott Cain, at the fest to sign up. Send questions to them at numbers@juggle.org.

The winner of each event will receive a $100 prize. There is an additional $100 bonus for a winning competitor that breaks an IJA record!

Individuals Numbers Events:

  • Individual Balls
  • Individual Rings
  • Individual Clubs
  • Individual Ball Bouncing

Teams Numbers Events:

  • Ball Passing
  • Ring Passing
  • Club Passing
  • Ball Bounce Passing
  • Three-Person Club Passing



Josh Casey

Individuals and Teams Host (Thursday, July 13, 2017, Paramount Theatre)
Josh Casey is a juggler and comedian from Madison, WI. He was brought into the world of juggling through Midwest juggling festivals starting 25 years ago. Since then he’s traveled the country with his interactive comedy and juggling show, performing for all kinds of events from family theater shows to corporate events and comedy clubs. To really round our his resume, Josh earned a degree in theater arts and broke the Guinness World Record for “Sitting On the Most Whoopee Cushions in 30 Seconds.” Josh is also a co-founder and board member of the Madison Circus Space.

Tuey Wilson

Juniors Host (Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Paramount Theatre)
Tuey Wilson has been performing for over 35 years and has been a regular at IJA festivals since 1983. He has always had a passion for physical skills and going beyond the usual displays of juggling; he is not your everyday juggler. Tuey is excited to be hosting the Juniors Championships in Cedar Rapids at what is shaping up to be the best festival ever.

SPECIAL GUESTS of the 2017 IJA Festival

Gena Shvarstman Cristiani
, 2017 Award of Excellence Winner!
Paul Ponce
Ameron Rosvall
Peter Davison
Alexis Levillon
Jay Gilligan
Erik Aberg
David Cain
Kevin Axtell
Emily Jane Perkulator
The Passing Zone
The Danger Committee
Mantega Cirku
Jonathan Alvarez
Matt Hall

Keith Nelson and Crash: onsite technical support and Renegade Show directors.

More to be Announced!


Advance registration for this year’s festival in Cedar Rapids is now open and closes at 11:59pm ET on June 10, 2017.

You must be a member of the IJA to register for the Festival. Click here to join or click here to renew your membership.

You can register and pay online with your credit or debit card or with PayPal. No mail-in or phone registration is available.

Only Festival Event Packages, vendor table reservations, Joggling Championships entry fees and IJA Stage Championships entry fees are being sold through advance registration.

All other festival items (additional show tickets, Gym Passes, spectator passes & additional festival T-shirts) will be sold on-site at the festival starting Tuesday morning at 9am.

Note that this year all four Special Workshops are free to registered fest attendees, with no sign-up required.

Lodging, meals and transportation are not included. Please make your travel plans as soon as possible to secure the best rates and availability. See the “Lodging” and “Getting There” sections below for details.

FESTIVAL EVENT PACKAGES: Festival Event Packages include gym admission all through the week (including all regular festival workshops), a hot brunch buffet Wednesday-Saturday mornings, a festival T-shirt, a ticket to each of the evening shows in the Paramount Theatre, access to watch all regularly-scheduled events in the gym and other indoor festival venues.

VENDOR EVENT PACKAGE ADD-ON: Available ONLY to IJA Vendor Discount Program (VDP) members. This $99 add-on to a Vendor Set-Up includes all the items from the Festival Event Package above. Limit two Add-Ons per vendor.

ADDITIONAL SHOWS at U.S. CELLULAR CENTER: Tickets to the four additional special shows held at the U.S. Cellular Center will be sold during the festival at the IJA registration desk and at the door for $10 each ($5 for children 10 or under).  The Event Package does not include admission to these shows, which require separate ticket purchase at the festival.


  • Regular: March 16th through 11:59pm ET on June 10, 2017: Adult $249 / Youth $199 / Youth Group $99
  • On-site at the festival: Adult $279 / Youth $229

Register now for an Event Package.

Go to the IJA Store to purchase vendor tables, other vendor items, and Joggling and Stage Championships entry fees.

Price list for all advance and on-site items (PDF)

Tentative schedule for the IJA Festival (PDF)

Full IJA Festival website


Each vendor must purchase a minimum of one Vendor Set-Up at $50 which includes one 6’ table, two chairs and Wi-Fi Internet access. The set-up fee is waived for IJA Vendor Discount Program (VDP) participants. Additional 6’ tables are available for $50 each. Electrical drops are available for $75 per drop. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve early.

During advance registration, IJA Vendor Discount Program (VDP) members may also purchase, with a Vendor Set-Up order, a Vendor Event Package for $99 that includes all the items of the Festival Event Package. Limit 2 per VDP vendor.

Vendor space will not be sold on-site at the festival. You must order your vendor space before 11:59pm ET on June 10th, 2017. For more information, email Vendor Coordinator Cheryl Sayers at vendors2017@juggle.org. Click this link to purchase vendor items.


Getting to the 2017 IJA Festival, by Mike Sullivan

Cedar Rapids, The City of Five Seasons, is Iowa’s second-largest city and is located along the banks of the Cedar River in Northeastern Iowa. Cedar Rapids is in the Central US Time Zone.


The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is just 9 miles south of all of our festival venues in downtown Cedar Rapids, and connects the city to the world with over 30 flights a day to world hubs at Chicago O’Hare, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit and Atlanta on flights from American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier and United Airlines. Chicago and Minneapolis are just a quick 20- to 30-minute flight from CID on more than a dozen daily jet round-trips.

Additional service is provided on Allegiant Airlines to and from Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE), Los Angeles International (LAX), Phoenix/Mesa Williams Gateway Airport (AZA), Las Vegas (LAS), and Ft. Meyers/Punta Gorda, FL (PGD).

  • Route map of non-stop destinations to/from CID
  • Real-time flight status for flights at CID today
AMERICAN AIRLINES serves Cedar Rapids with several daily flights to their world hubs at Dallas/Ft. Worth International (DFW) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD), plus two daily round-trips to Charlotte (CLT), and then on to 350 cities in 50 countries. Through the oneWorld global network, American and their 14 oneWorld partner airlines serve an additional 1,000 cities. Visit aa.com for booking, or visit oneworld.com for information on oneWorld partner airlines worldwide.

DELTA AIRLINES serves Cedar Rapids with several daily flights to their world hubs at Atlanta/Hartsfield International, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and then on to 325 cities on six continents. Through the SkyTeam global network, Delta connects to over 600 additional international destinations through 20 partner airlines. Visit delta.com for booking, or visit skyteam.com for information on SkyTeam partner airlines worldwide.
FRONTIER AIRLINES serves Cedar Rapids with twice-weekly non-stops from Denver International Airport on mainline AirBus jets. Connecting through their hub at Denver, Frontier flies to over 50 cities in the US and the Caribbean. Visit https://www.flyfrontier.com for booking.

UNITED AIRLINES serves Cedar Rapids with several daily flights to their world hubs at Chicago/O’Hare and Denver. Through the Star Alliance global network, United connects to over 1,400 worldwide cities through 50 hubs on two dozen Star Alliance partner airlines. Visit united.com for booking, or visit staralliance.com for information on Star Alliance partner airlines worldwide.
ALLEGIANT AIRLINES serves Cedar Rapids with low-fare flights to six popular Sunbelt destinations: Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE), Los Angeles International (LAX), Phoenix/Mesa Williams Gateway Airport (AZA), Las Vegas (LAS), and Ft. Meyers/Punta Gorda, FL (PGD). From their Las Vegas hub, Allegiant flies to over 60 cities. Visit allegiantair.com for booking or click here for an interactive route map of their flights.
The Doubletree Hotel provides complimentary airport shuttle service for registered guests. The shuttle leaves CID airport baggage claim shuttle bus area for the hotel on the half-hour, and leaves the hotel for the airport on the hour throughout the day, seven days a week. Call the hotel at 1-319-731-4444 for details and pick-up times.

Additional ground transportation options from the airport to downtown include car rental, independent airport shuttles, taxi, limousine, Uber, and public city bus CRTransit (Route 11), which stops about 3 blocks from the Doubletree Hotel.  See this page for all ground transportation options.


Cedar Rapids is 23 miles north of I-80 along I-380. Driving times to Cedar Rapids from major Midwestern cities:


Chicago:  4 Hours

St. Louis: 4.5 Hours

Minneapolis: 4 Hours


Des Moines: 2 Hours     

Omaha: 3 Hours

Kansas City: 4.5 Hours


Detroit: 7.5 Hours

Madison, WI: 3 Hours    

Cleveland: 8.5 Hours


Burlington Trailways serves Cedar Rapids with a terminal at Eastern Iowa Airport, and serves over 75 destinations in six Midwestern states, as well as connecting with the nationwide Greyhound Lines network.

Circus school audition in Germany

[We are passing along this request that we let you know about a circus school audition for jugglers.  We have no particular recommendation for or against this. – editors]

My name is Stefan Bauer, I am the artistic Director of the CircArtive School (a young but professional Circus School from the South of Germany – www.circartiveschool.com) At the same time i am responsible for schedules and juggling. In May we will have our audition and for this we search for jugglers, that want to become professional (Circus) Performers.

That is why I wanted to ask, if it is possible for you to post a little article about our audition and our school?

Thank you very much!
Kind Regards,
Stefan Bauer

Casting call for jugglers – Showtime at the Apollo

[We are passing along this request that we let you know about a casting opportunity for jugglers.  We have no particular recommendation for or against this. – editors]

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017
Subject: Casting Jugglers for Showtime at the Apollo

Fox is casting nationwide for the all new Showtime at the Apollo!
The search is on for singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and all other variety acts. Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to apply to compete for first place!
National exposure and the opportunity to win a large cash prize!

Apply at https://venertainment.com/apollo/
or email mjmurphycasting@gmail.com for submission details

Meaghan Murphy

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#WJHR February 26th, 2017 by Shawn Livingston of www.everydayjuggler.com. Youtube playlist of all the videos featured in this video: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwApsZZXxL-VqIrD9yi535TOY241ukG0G This past week was packed with awesomeness. Starting off with some innovative tumbling and club manipulation, seeing world-class unicyclists and viewing several fantastic club juggling videos is just a taste of the talent showcased. From […]

Interview with Diana Gracheva Stepanova
Haga clic aquí para ver el artículo en español… Diana Gracheva Stepanova is a solo juggler. born in the city of Irkutsk, located in the vast region of Siberia, Russia. Her act is approximately 6 minutes, and she runs very difficult tricks as 7 clubs and 9 hula hoops, among other things. She has participated in international circus […]

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Upcoming juggling festivals

Below is a list of some upcoming juggling festivals. For a list of even more fests, check the worldwide juggling event listings on our website at: dev.juggle.org/events.

To get a festival listed here for free, just drop a note to us at ijanews@juggle.org. Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests. Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.

40th Annual RIT Spring Juggle IN
    7 Apr – 9 Apr 2017
    RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623 USA

Tucson Juggling Festival 2017
    7 Apr – 9 Apr 2017
    11570 N Oracle Rd; Tucson, AZ 85737 USA

British Juggling Convention 2017
    7 Apr – 13 Apr 2017
    Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Bilborough Nottingham, NG8 4PB UK

1° Festival de Malabor en México
    12 Apr – 16 Apr 2017
    Casa Ananda, San Pedro Pareo, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán Mexico

Swedish Juggling Convention 2017
    14 Apr – 17 Apr 2017
    Limmaredsvägen 2, 514 80 Tranemo Sweden (Sverige)

Manipulation 2017
    27 Apr – 30 Apr 2017
    Idyllwild, California USA

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival 2017
    13 May – 13 May 2017
    2140 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI USA

Air Raid Juggling Club 1st Annual Juggling Convention
    20 May – 21 May 2017
    Charlottesville, VA USA

Montreal Juggling Festival
    16 June – 18 June 2017
    Verdun, Quebec, Canada

Flatland Juggling Festival 2017
    23 June – 25 June, 2017
    Lincoln, Nebraska USA

70th Annual IJA Juggling Festival 2017 – Cedar Rapids
    10 Jul – 16 Jul 2017
    US Cellular Center Complex, Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA

40th European Juggling Convention, Lublin, Poland
    22 Jul – 30 Jul 2017
    Park Ludowy and in the adjacent Targi Lublin (International Lublin Fair Hall) and MOSiR Sports Center Hall, Lublin, Poland