IJA eNewsletter – December 2021

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   December 2021

Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost

Happy New Year from the IJA!  Stay Healthy!


  • Festival update
  • Nominations open for annual IJA honorary awards
  • News about Mary Wilkins
  • New Vendor Discount Program member: Ignis Pixel
  • IJA Youth Juggling Academy looking for new director
  • Nominate someone for the Flamingo Club Award
  • IJA 2021 end of year collaboration video
  • Latest articles in eJuggle (find a few that interest you and check them out)
  • Upcoming juggling festivals



Festival update  by Afton Benson

Hello everyone,

Happy holidays and a safe new year to you all!

We’re nearly to 2022 and that means IJA Festival Registration will be opening soon.  Keep your eyes peeled for a special eNewsletter with all the details.

We’ll be back in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 11-17, 2022, for our historic 75th annual festival.  We know a lot is uncertain about the coming months, and we are actively taking steps that will make the festival as safe as possible.  You can see our current COVID-19 Protocol here.

As we near the opening of registration, please keep in mind that the IJA has no control over COVID guidelines from the government or for traveling.  Any guidelines from a state, local or federal government will be followed by the IJA.

You have time.  Get vaccinated and boosted if you are able.  Together we can make the 2022 IJA Festival as safe as possible for one another so that we can continue to juggle together for the next 75 years.

Registration opens soon!

Happy New Year,

Afton Benson

2022 IJA Festival Director


Nominations open for annual IJA honorary awards  by David Cain

Please think of someone

you would like to nominate for an honorary IJA award to be presented during the summer IJA Festival.  Past award recipients have often said how meaningful the awards have been to them, so is there someone you believe should be honored?

Our website lists all the previous IJA award honorees: www.juggle.org/history/honorary-awards

Nominations are open for the following IJA awards:


        In recognition of excellence in the art of juggling through professional performance.


        In recognition of a lifetime of influential work and extraordinary achievement in juggling performance.


        In recognition of years of coaching and mentoring jugglers to help create and improve their acts.


        In recognition of a consistent commitment to provide outstanding support and promotion for the field of juggling.


        In recognition of outstanding efforts to teach juggling to non-jugglers and expand the knowledge of those who already juggle.


        In recognition for providing exceptional promotion to the public of the art of juggling.

Please submit nominations to awards@juggle.org by January 15, 2022.

David Cain

Awards Committee Chair

News about Mary Wilkins  by Roger Dollarhide

Dear IJA friends,

This is to announce that my long time dear friend Mary Elizabeth Wilkins, IJA HONORARY LIFE MEMBER and former IJA Historian, who attended many IJA Conventions in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s to display her large memorabilia collection, has Alzheimer’s Disease and is no longer able to write or email or make phone calls.  She is, however, aware of her situation and has been preparing for it for a long time.

Mary is still enjoying life and is ably taken care of by her long time partner and roommate Christine McAllaster and the staff of their home as of earlier this year, the Atria Senior Living facility in San Dimas, CA.

One thing Mary still enjoys doing is reading.  She has always enjoyed sending and receiving lots of Christmas and other holiday and birthday (3-21-43) cards and news from her many friends (hint).  Mary’s and Chris’s mailing address is:

    Mary Wilkins and Christine McAllaster

    801 Cypress Way

    Apt. 507

    San Dimas, CA 91773

This message is approved by Mary and Chris, who regret they’re unable to respond or send messages but wish you all their Christmas and New Years best wishes.  And while I’m here, let me echo their message on my own behalf.

Roger Dollarhide


Past IJA President, Convention Chairman (3 years), Newsletter Editor (3 years)

Official Photographer (10 years), IJA Championships Creator/Director (10 years)



New Vendor Discount Program member: Ignis Pixel 

by Martin Frost

Prop maker Ignis Pixel in Russia has joined the IJA Vendor Discount Program (VDP). As makers of programmable LED props, they offer IJA members the following discounts: 15% off clubs and rings, 10% off everything else.

To see how to take advantage of IJA member discounts from all the VDP participants, including Ignis Pixel, go to: www.juggle.org/membership/vendor-discount-program. You’ll be asked to sign in to your IJA account in order to access the VDP discounts.

IJA Youth Juggling Academy looking for new director  by Amy Wieliczka

The IJA is looking for a new director

for the Youth Juggling Academy (YJA).  The YJA specifically supports educational juggling programs around the world through the YJA button achievement system, designed to accommodate children of all ages and juggling interests.  At a more strategic level, the YJA also facilitates the inclusion of juggling in physical education programs and as a cross-training exercise in athletic programs in order to promote interest in juggling among youth.  The YJA further aims to foster increased communication and community among the youth juggling community as a whole.

This volunteer position is perfect for anyone passionate about circus arts education and the future of juggling.  It is an ideal role for anyone looking to build (or flex) their network in juggling education, both within and outside of the juggling community.  The YJA Director will be responsible for managing and organizing the production of buttons for the Juggling Merit Buttons program and reporting to the IJA Board of Directors on a monthly basis.

The ideal YJA Director would:

  • Create and manage a global database of juggling instructors
  • Create educational resources to be used by teachers
  • Contact educational and athletics-based institutions to build partnerships
  • Design and implement a marketing strategy
  • Manage social media and press relations

If you are interested in this role, please send IJA Operations Officer Scott Steiskal a statement of intent, what you bring to the role, and any other relevant information.

YJA Director applications are due by: February 1, 2022.


Nominate someone for the Flamingo Club Award  by Afton Benson

Nominations are open for the Flamingo Club Award!

What is the Flamingo Club?  What is the Flamingo Club Award?  The Flamingo Club provides the recognition, support and encouragement of female identifying and non-binary persons, children, and families, in order to build a more inclusive juggling community.  The Flamingo Club Award is for: “Highlighting a female-identifying or non-binary person who has shown outstanding support, inspirational skill, or exceptional promotion of juggling.”

Nominate a qualifying individual until noon CST on January 15, 2022, at forms.gle/EznpPFEDRwT5HxQh7

Please share this information with local juggling clubs as well!  Nominees can be from anywhere, any age, and individuals are allowed to nominate themselves.  Cheers!


IJA 2021 end of year collaboration video  by Chris Garcia

Greetings Jugglers, Flow Artists, Object Manipulators & Circus Enthusiasts!

The IJA is putting together a 2021 collaboration video to highlight jugglers/flow-arts/circus and communities around the world.  We are having an open call to all IJA members as well as non-members to film any trick or sequence they are most proud of that they’ve learned this year.  Use any juggling/flow prop you’d like, and try to keep your sequence to no more than 20 seconds long.  When filmed, you can submit your trick via the form below.  Please submit no later than January 1, 2022, to have your clip considered for the video.  We are also looking for a video editor who we will compensate for their editing time.  Editor applications are also below.

Participant Submission Form:


Video Editor Application:


Latest articles in eJuggle


Upcoming juggling festivals

Note: Virtually all juggling festivals planned for the coming months have been canceled or rescheduled because of the worldwide pandemic, though some will be held online.

To find a juggling fest near you or online, check the fest list at The Juggling Edge.  Eventually festivals will return.


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