2019 IJA Stage Championships Finalists


Congratulations to the finalists of the 2019 IJA Stage Championships! The Individuals, Juniors and Team Stage Championships will be held Thursday, June 27th, 7:30pm at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN.


Eric Jackson

Eric Jackson is a hobbyist juggler and performer, largely performing for festivals and renegade shows around the midwest. He obtained his studio arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 2013 and has since gone on to work with several accomplished performers and artists, such as the Institute of Jugglology, as well as Patrick Doherty. Eric previously competed at the 70th IJA competition and convention.

Zak McAllister is a juggler from Temple, Texas. Currently attending Circadium School of Contemporary Circus in Philadelphia, Zak wants to show the beauty of visual shapes and tricks through his performances.

Zak McAllister

Jumpei Nagata is from Tsu, Mie, Japan. In 2012, he started juggling and made a juggling club in his alma mater high school. In 2013, he started eight-rings.

Bennett Santora “Bennett was created by a group of mad scientists who were intent on taking over the world. He was designed to be witty, intelligent, charming and to have super-natural juggling ability. He is being groomed to take over the world military industrial complex and convert all weapons to production of juggling props.”
Bennett has many awards and honors in juggling including, in 2017, the gold medal in the International Jugglers Association Juniors Stage Championships (which he is the third youngest person ever to win) and bronze in the same contest in 2016, when he also won the XJuggling Medal in the four-five rings category. Bennett is a highly decorated competitor in joggling and is among the youngest people ever to complete the seven-ball 100-meter race for which he won a gold medal in 2017. In 2017, Bennett was awarded a First of May Award by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, which helped fund the creation of his one-man show entitled Seasons.”

Elia Taylor Elia has performed professionally for 18 years for corporations such as Ringling Bros., Cirque du Soleil, Feld Entertainment, and countless other business and circuses. She juggled half her age until she was 14, trained with Royal Academy of Dance for 13 years, and is the only tight wire artist in the world to perform an arabesque en pointe on tight wire. She also specializes in contortion, stilt walking, acrobatics, aerial dance, and other oddities. She is the sole choreographer for Circus Americana and has been coaching and creating professional circus acts for ten years.


CBO Juggling Team
Each letter in the name of the group, CBO, represents one spirit: Competence, Belongingness, and Optimism. We are the juggling team in Hong Kong. In our performance, not only diabolo tricks are included, but also plate spinning; that is what makes us unique, and sometimes we do some crossover. In recent years, we participated in competitions overseas in order to share our juggling performance ideas and exchange with different people who love juggling. We hope everyone feel energetic and delighted after watching our performance.

Duck and Cover “Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Steve Birmingham and Leif Pettersen have been performing together for 25 years as “”Duck and Cover.”” What started out as adrenaline-fueled, lively club passing intended to make the other one scream in terror has evolved into the aggressive rejection of physics, common sense, and self-preservation that defines their unique style.

Super famous juggler Jay Gillian described their act, saying ‘The team of Duck and Cover has become synonymous with taking risks, and redefining success… not by counting how many tries it takes before nothing has fallen on the floor, but instead by celebrating the moment when everything ends up in their hands.’

JUGHEADS Youth Juggling Company is based in Edina, Minnesota, and led by Founder & Director Paul Arneberg and Producer Wendy Arneberg. The Jugheads have been mainstays of the IJA Stage Championships since 2000. In addition to appearances by solo and small ensembles of Jugheads, including medalists in all three categories of Juniors, Individuals, and Teams, the Jugheads’ top juggling group, Ultimate Club, earned IJA Teams medals in 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, and 2015. This year’s 14-member team is coached by two-time IJA Teams Gold Medalist, Ben Hestness, and led by Co-Captains Kayla Malmgren and Isaac Nelson.

Zak & Delaney have been training together at Circadium for two years. While their styles of manipulation are greatly different, they come together through visual storytelling to show juggling in a different light.


Kyle Albrecht is a recent graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. He has been juggling since the summer of 2015. In 2017, he performed in exhibition at the IJA Festival, and, last year, he competed in the IJA Junior Stage Championships. He has performed on numerous occasions in his community and enjoyed juggling with his high school marching band. Ball juggling is his favorite; he has flashed 10 balls and is working on 11. Kyle aspires to be an airline pilot in the future. He will be attending Western Michigan University this fall in the School of Aviation, majoring in flight science. In April of this year, Kyle completed his first year of flight training and passed his check ride to become a licensed private pilot.

Christopher Haaser
Christopher Haaser hails from Huntsville, UT, USA. He has been juggling for ten years. Please enjoy his recent work.