2020 IJA Online Panels

Panel Discussions

We’re excited to announce 7 panel discussions this year at IJA 2020 Online. Panelist information will be added on a rolling basis – check back for more details!

To view any of the Panels, click on the panel’s link in the Schedule.

Juggling History Q&A with David Cain, Niels Duinker, and Thom Wall
Tuesday July 14 – 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT / 12am UTC
Daniel Holzman Host of the “Drop Everything” podcast with special guest Scott Meltzer
Tuesday July 14 – 6:30pm PDT / 9:30pm EDT / 1:30am UTC
A Messy Panel with Eric Sipos, Bow Juggler, and Andrew Olson
Wednesday July 15 – 10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT / 5:30pm UTC
Practice Methodologies, Systems and Questions: a Panel Discussion
Thursday July 16 – 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT / 1am UTC
Race in Juggling: Addressing Inclusion in the Juggling Community with Sky King
Friday July 17 – 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT / 10pm UTC
Building International Community with Erin Stephens
Saturday July 18 – 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT / 8pm UTC
Malabaristas Latinoamericanos Alrededor del Mundo with Raul Canaz
Saturday July 18 – 3:30pm PDT / 6:30pm EDT / 10:30pm UTC
Feminist Juggling – Creating Inclusive Spaces in the Juggling Community with Josie Mae
Sunday July 19 – 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 5pm UTC

Juggling History Q&A with David Cain, Niels Duinker, and Thom Wall
Tuesday july 14 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT / 12am UTC

David Cain

David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and owner of the world’s only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is the author of 24 books, holder of multiple Guinness world Records, and winner of 15 IJA gold medals.

Facebook: David Cain Juggler
Instagram: @davidcainjuggler

Niels Duinker

Niels Duinker is a professional juggler from the Netherlands. He headlines his own one-man show at The Amish Country Theater. Niels is a lifetime member of the IJA and has published 14 books on the history of juggling, including Karl-Heinz Ziethen’s Juggling, The Past, and Future, which is the most comprehensive book on the history of juggling ever written.

Instagram: @nielsduinker

Thom Wall

Thom Wall is an American juggler who specializes in learning juggling tricks from the past. He has performed in 17 countries on four continents, including a run of his solo history show, “On the Topic of Juggling,” at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The digital version of his book “Juggling: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages” was awarded “Best Nonfiction Title” by the Indie Book Awards in 2019.

Thom also performed as a solo act with Cirque du Soleil’s touring big-top show Totem from 2014 – 2019.

Instagram: @thomwalljuggler

Daniel Holzman Host of the “Drop Everything” podcast with special guest Scott Meltzer
Tuesday july 14 6:30pm PDT / 9:30 pm EDT / 1:30am UTC

Daniel Holzman

Dan Holzman has been called a Juggling Genius because of his unique and entertaining twist on the 2000 year old art of juggling, his clever one-of-a-kind stunts have earned him two Guinness Book World Records and four appearances on The Tonight Show. During his 30 year career as an entertainer Dan has toured with Comedy legends Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Howie Mandel, performed for The President of The United States, and even entertained the sequestered O.J. Simpson jury. Dan Holzman’s show is a funny and fast paced blend of comedy and coordination that is a perfect balance of humorous dialogue and incredible feats of skill. In 2009 Dan Holzman was presented with the International Jugglers’ Association’s Award of Excellence in recognition of his outstanding work as a professional juggler.


A Messy Panel with Eric Sipos, Bow, and Andrew Olson
Wednesday july 15 10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT / 5:30pm UTC

Eric Sipos

Eric began identifying as a juggler in high school when he would accompany his friends’ garage metal band on stage juggling LEDs. As a juggling enthusiast ever since, Eric specializes in mess patterns and has been juggling as a part time profession for the last 8 years. He also loves to pass clubs and juggle torches.

Instagram: @ericsipos


professional mess nerd , Poi juggler

Instagram: @bow_juggler

Andrew Olson

Andrew Olson is a member of the Kansas City Juggling Club. He enjoys exploring new and unusual pattern possibilities for 3 balls. His work was featured in the June 2015 episode of the IJA Tricks of the Month video series on YouTube.

Instagram: @noslowerdna
YouTube: noslowerdna
Facebook: noslowerdna

Practice Methodologies, Systems, and Questions: a Panel Discussion
Thursday july 16 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT / 1am UTC

Practice Questions-Methodologies-Systems: For me, it all began on the Juggling Information Service (JIS), reading essays written by Barry Bakalor and Steve Ragatz (http://www.juggling.org/help/essays/). When I read Barry’s description of Anthony Gatto’s practice routine, or when I read Steve’s story about how his practice methods took a toll on his body, I was 28 years old and just starting out in juggling. Now, at age 50, I have gone back and re-read those articles. As with most things, I found new lessons and different meanings. In those intervening 22 years, I kept juggling, earned a master’s in Education, and read a few other books and articles that sparked a new interest in making my practice time as efficient and as effective as possible.

This panel has been hosted several times in the last two years and our former guests include Wes Peden, Anni Küpper, Haavard Hvidsten, Thom Wall, Matan Presberg, Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse, and Onni Toivonen. Our guests this time will be Gena Shvartsman Cristiani, Delaney Bayles, Taylor Glenn, and Cate Flaherty

Matt Hall – Moderator

Known as the “Juggle Sensei”, Matt Hall has garnered several awards, including the International Jugglers’ Association Individuals silver medal, the IJA Peoples’ Choice Award, IJA Individual Prop Champion, and IJA Bobby May Award. He has performed, taught workshops, and emceed all over the U.S., as well as in Scotland, England, Australia, Israel, Canada, The Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, New Zealand and Denmark. Matt went on tour with Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam show as a paid instructor. He headlined the 2015 Newcastle Juggling Festival in Australia and paid a third visit in 2018 to the Seattle Moisture Festival as a performer and emcee. Most recently, Matt hosted the IJA 2019 Cascade of Stars, emceed and taught workshops at the EJC 2019 in Britain, and performed in and emceed the New Zealand Juggling Festival in January. Matt is 50 years old and has also been a full-time high school Japanese teacher for 20 years.

Instagram: @jugglesensei
Facebook: Matt Hall

Delaney Bayles

Delaney Bayles is from Utah and has been juggling for almost 9 years. Recent accomplishments include graduating from Circadium – School of Contemporary Circus and winning gold at last years IJA’s teams competition.

Instagram: @delaneybayles

Cate Flaherty

Cate Flaherty is a multiple disciplinary circus artist specializing in handstands, juggling, and rolla bolla. She has been performing on stage and street for almost 20 years. She has performed in 11 different countries. She’s a graduate of L’Ecole de Cirque de Quebec and for the last ten years and has been performing her solo show The Cate Great Show, at festivals, events and streets around the world. She performed her handstand act at the 2008 Cascade of Stars, her rolla bolla act at the 2018 Cascade of Stars and was the 2011 winner of the IJA Busking Championship. She’s proud to be a part of the IJA community and happy to once again be participating at an IJA even if she wishes it was under better circumstances.

Instagram: @categreatshow
Facebook: Cate Great

Taylor Glenn

Taylor Glenn is from Salt Lake City, Utah and has been juggling for over 15 years. She started making juggling videos in 2008 which sparked her love for filmmaking and editing. She took time away from juggling while she worked as a film and television editor in Los Angeles for 7 years. In 2018 Taylor started making juggling videos again under her social media name “Taylor Tries” and now focuses on creating vlogs, tutorials, and other educational materials online full time. She thinks writing her own bio in the 3rd person is very strange.

YouTube: Taylor Tries
Instagram: @taylor_tries

Gena Cristiani

Gena Shvartsman Cristiani is a fifth generation circus artist from Russia, the child of two accomplished performers. She began training at the age of eight in the art of juggling. In the span of a few short years, her phenomenal talent brought her to United States. By the age of thirteen, she was a star attraction for Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Her skills and experience growing, Gena traveled the world performing in lavish variety and circus shows, as well as competing in elite circus competitions. She was awarded a silver medal at the prestigious International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and a silver medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France. In addition, she took the coveted gold medal at the World Juggling Federation Championships in Las Vegas.

As is common with so many gifted people, Gena’s interest in art stretched into many other disciplines and medias. Sketching, drawing and painting became her second love. After years of drawing out designs for costumes and sketching artists she admired, she began making commissioned pieces of art and design. Drawing inspiration from the colorful world of circus and variété, her costumes, drawings, and paintings exude an effervescent and fantasy quality that captures the magic of her subjects, many of whom are talented artists in their own right. Now in full command of her artistic vision, Gena creates drawings, paintings, and costumes for customers literally around the globe. She has designed and created costume wardrobes for touring stage shows, and her paintings have been sold to galleries and private collectors.

Instagram: @genasdesign
Facebook: Cate Great

Race in Juggling: Addressing Inclusion in the Juggling Community with Sky King
Friday july 17 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT / 10pm UTC


Paris, given the nickname “The Hip Hop Juggler” by Al Roker himself, has been dazzling audiences with his brand of juggling for over a decade. In addition to performing at The Daily Show, the White House, and Sesame Street, Paris has also spent the last 12 years teaching juggling in under-privileged communities.

Shivella Schwab (she/her)

I am a hobbyist juggler who has fallen in love with club passing. You can find me behind the registration desk at both IJA and Atlanta Groundhogs Jugglers Festival. I strive for community connection and hope to bring some insight and awareness to the experiences of being a minority juggler. I live in Atlanta where I juggle at our local club, and juggle our two small children with my husband (who is also a juggler). After being on the IJA board for a term (as the first Black woman in the 70+ years of the organization) I am sure that times are indeed changing, for the better,for those of us who are underrepresented.

Instagram: @wanderbus

Sam Malcolm

Sam Malcolm is a comedian and juggler from the Stillwater Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. Combining his world-championship winning juggling skills with hilarious stand-up comedy, Sam has performed this show thousands of times all across the planet. Growing up on the reservation, he witnessed and experienced first-hand the effects of discrimination, racism, poverty, and substance abuse on his community. His passion for connecting communities through performance stems from his desire to alleviate the pain of these realities from those around him. Sam aims to use his success as an entertainer as a way to inspire and educate youth from his community as well as those from similar paths. His love for his community and pride in his culture have been a constant motivation for him to be a positive example for the next generations.

Instagram: @SamMalcolmShow
Facebook: Sam Malcolm Show
Twitter: SamMalcolm

Jacob Alex Dyer

Jacob Alex Dyer is a New York Juggler. He began in the New York scene juggling with the Carmine Street Irregulars around year 2000 while in graduate school. In 2000, while on lunch break, he found himself juggling by himself in Bryant Park in the middle of Manhattan. People started joining him and never stopped. Between 2010 and today, the Bryant Park team has interacted with at least 50,000 people and have certified more than 5000 new three ball jugglers from 130 countries. He was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Juggling Education Award by the IJA. Jacob Alex is also half-Jamaican, worked in the Peace Corps in Africa for four years, and holds degrees in Music, History, and International Education.

⁣Instagram: @ bpjugglers
Facebook: Bryant Park Juggling
Facebook Group: Bryant Park Juggling

Building International Community with Erin Stephens
Saturday July 18 – 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT / 8pm UTC

Malabaristas Latinoamericanos Alrededor del Mundo with Raul Canaz
Saturday july 18 3:30pm PDT / 6:30 pm EDT / 10:30pm UTC

We are very excited to bring you this collaboration between IJA 2020 Online and Voces del Malabarismo!

Un espacio para compartir experiencias personales; para hablar sobre lo que hemos vivido y aprendido en nuestro camino de malabarismo en en los últimos años.
Una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre nuestro desarrollo profesional en el mundo del circo y la escena en diferentes latitudes; con la esperanza de poder aportar algo para el crecimiento del gremio y el aprovechamiento de quienes empiezan, para motivarnos a seguir entrenando duro y disfrutar de esto que tanto nos apasiona: ¡los malabares!

Feminist Juggling – Creating Inclusive Spaces in the Juggling Community
Sunday july 19 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 5pm UTC

Feminist Juggling – Creating Inclusive Spaces in the Juggling Community panel – part of the IJA E-Fest 2020, in collaboration with CircusTalk! This is a social-justice driven discussion with influential women and enbys from the juggling and flow arts communities. Moderated by Josie Mae, panelists Sonal Aggarwal, West Desert Rose, Mellionare, Love Michalla Lynn, Dallys Newton, and Lucy Juggles will discuss queer and trans issues, intersectionality, gener inclusion, allyship, and the future of diversity-focused discussions & initiatives.

While everyone is invited to attend please note, the forum itself and all discussions are designed for women (cis and trans) and those under the non-binary umbrella. There will be restrictions for cis-men including submitting questions for the panel ahead of time, or in the chat if needed, while refraining from speaking and keeping their microphone on mute for the duration of the forum

Josie Mae – Moderator

Moderating this panel is Josie Mae – a contemporary circus artist and social circus educator specializing in club juggling and object manipulation. Her passion for social circus work utilizes community organization, trauma-informed practices, and a holistic and intersectional educational lens. Josie has served on the IJA board and is the current World Juggling Day program director.

Instagram: @josiejuggles

Sonal Aggarwal

Former international street performer turned emcee turned stand-up comedian, Sonal Aggarwal is now based in Chicago. She is an actor, comedian, producer and movement artist. When she is not on stage, she is teaching and practicing Thai Massage. Her one woman show The Alchemy of Bliss played a sold out weekend at the Steppenwolf Theater. She also teaches and performs in Spanish. You can hear all about her in her podcast, Rani Rage Radio. Rani means queen in Hindi.

Instagram: @sonalmedia

Dallys Newton

Dallys (she/her) is a circus performer with a decade of experience teaching and performing a variety of circus disciplines. Dallys is a hula-hooper, stilt-walker, juggler, aerialist, acrobat, fire dancer, and clown. In addition to teaching and performing she also produces theatrical and variety circus shows.

Instagram: @dallys.circus


Mel is currently residing in Boulder, CO. She first picked up props in 2010 through the group Berzercus in Isla Vista, CA and became involved with the Santa Barbara fire conclave. Through flow arts she also found her aerial, contortion and acrobatics practice. She is a graduate student in geophysics, and in the pre-coronavirus world she performed burlesque, aerial, and fire under the stage name Mellionaire.

Instagram: @mellionairevarietyperformer

West Desert Rose

Hi I’m West. I am a Black, non-binary, and queer witch from New York City. I love to move and dance. I find a lot of healing through dance and through moving my body. I am a flow artist who loves to hoop, rope dart, and contact staff. I also love Fire and have spun fire for many years.

⁣Instagram: @westdesertrose

Love Michalla Lynn

Michalla is an Oakland CA transplant originally from the midwest. A enby femme whos been juggling for about 4 years flowing for about 10! Tis’ but a baby juggler but excited to be here ?

Instagram: @gemstoned94

Lucy Juggles

Lucy is an entertainer based in Atlanta. She has been juggling for 14 years and is passionate about creating a juggling community that is welcoming for everyone. She is a trans and queer artist and advocate who uses juggling, burlesque, and personal narrative to promote LGBTQ visibility.

Instagram: @lucyjuggles