Honorary Awards

IJA Honorees

Each year at the IJA Festival, the International Jugglers’ Association honors individuals who have been exemplary in their talent and/or service to the juggling community. The IJA announces (typically late in the year) via the IJA eNewsletter when members can make nominations for awards and what the nomination deadline is (usually early in the year).

Take a look at all our honorees.

IJA Founders Award
Excellence in Education
Sky King Award
Sammie Vance Youth Civic Achievement
Flamingo Club Award
People's Choice Award
Honorary Life Members
Honorary Life Members
IJA Founders Award
Excellence in Education
Honorary Life Member
Honorary Life Member
Flamingo Club Award
People's Choice Award
Honorary Life Member

IJA Award of Excellence

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

1989 Anthony Gatto 1990 Kris Kremo
1991 Sergei Ignatov 1992 Michael Moschen
1993 Gregory Popovich 1995 Dick Franco
1996 Albert Lucas 1997 Art Jennings
2004 The Flying Karamazov Brothers 2006 The Passing Zone
(Owen Morse and Jon Wee)
2007 Raspyni Brothers
(Barry Friedman and Dan Holzman)
2008 Fred Garbo
2009 Michael Chirrick 2010 Tuan Lee
2011 Françoise Rochais 2013 Jeton the Gentleman Juggler
(Jens Thorwächter)
2014 Paul Ponce 2015 Charlie Frye
2016 Picasso Jr. 2017 Gena Shvartsman Cristiani
2018 Mario Berousek 2019 Nikolai Geraisimov
2020 Gandini Juggling
(Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala)
2021 Alan Sulc

Historical Achievement Award

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

1991 Trixie Larue 1992 Lotte Brunn
1994 Gus Lauppe 1995 Rudy Cardenas
1996 Bob Bramson 1997 Ernst Kuhn Montego
2000 Rudy Horn 2001 Fudi
2002 Evgeni Biljauer 2006 Kumar of India (Kumar Pallana)
2008 Tommy Curtin 2009 Dieter Tasso
2010 Nino Frediani 2011 Michael Davis
2012 Freddy Kenton 2013 Alberto Sforzi
2014 Airjazz (Peter Davison, Jon Held, Kezia Tenenbaum) 2015 Bobby Jule
2016 El Gran Picasso 2017 Tony Fercos
2018 Michael Moschen 2019 Angelo Piccinelli
2020 Gypsy Gruss 2021 Chrys Holt

Bobby May Award

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

1995 Dan Holzman 2003 Nick Gatto & Albert Moreira
2004 Robert A. Nelson The Butterfly Man 2007 Steven Ragatz
2008 Michael Rosman 2009 Jay Gilligan
2010 Paul Bachman 2011 Matt Hall
2015 David Cain 2016 Richard Kennison

IJA Extraordinary Service Award

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

1989 Karl-Heinz Ziethen 1993 Bill Giduz
1997 Richard Chamberlin 1999 Ginny Rose
2000 Rob Peck & Dina Scharnhorst 2004 Roger Montandon
2005 Martin Frost 2006 Sandy Brown
2007 Alan Howard 2008 Todd Strong
2009 Jerry Martin 2010 Kim Laird
2012 Jay Ko 2013 Don Lewis
2014 Marilyn and Mike Sullivan 2014 Paul and Gabi Keast
2015 Erin Stephens 2016 Scott Seltzer
2017 David Landowne 2018 Jay Green
2019 Dan Holzman 2020 Jack Kalvan
2021 Taylor Glenn

Honorary Life Members

In recognition of demonstrated long term service and commitment to the IJA.

Before 1979 George Barvin* Before 1979 William Brown*
Before 1979 Eva Crosby* Before 1979 Art Jennings*
Before 1979 Bernard Joyce* 1973 Roger Montandon*
1979 Bill Dietrich* 1979 Bobby May*
1979 Stu Raynolds 1983 Roger Dollarhide
1990 Mary Wilkins 1991 Phineas Indritz*
1995 Eddie Johnson* 1996 Betty Willer*
2012 Martin Frost 2021 Alan Howard

* Passed away.
If you know the date of induction of any the ‘Before 1979’ Honorary Life Members, please contact info@juggle.org.

Excellence in Education Award

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

1991 Dave Finnigan 1992 Mike Vondruska
1993 Jahnathon Whitfield 1994 Kit Summers
1995 Myron Wilcox 1996 Laurie Young & Kay Caskey
1997 Hovey Burgess 1998 Perry Rubenfeld
1999 Rob Peck 2000 Paul Arneberg
2001 Kevin O’Keefe 2002 Bud Markowitz, Michael Rosman & Todd Strong
2004 Jackie “Mr. E” Erickson 2005 Kevin Delagrange
2006 David Groth 2007 Art Thomas
2008 Joel Henderson 2009 Pierre Loiselle
2010 Liu Su-I 劉述懿 2011 Gary Parker
2012 Richard Kennison 2013 Bekah and Warren Hammond
2016 Craig Quat 2017 Galen Harp and Ellen Winters
2018 Jacob Alex Dyer 2019 David Cain
2020 Bob Neuman 2021 Thom Wall

Sky King Award

In recognition of outstanding dedication to furthering diversity and equity in the juggling community by a BIPOC member of that community.

2021 Sky King

IJA Sammie Vance Youth Civic Achievement Award

In recognition of the national or international impact of civic contributions by a person 18 years old or younger.

2019 Sammie Vance 2020 Kayla Malmgren and Elizabeth Stockbridge
2021 David Pavlove Cunsolo

Flamingo Club Award

In recognition of outstanding support, inspirational skill, or exceptional promotion of juggling by a female-identifying or non-binary person.

1996 Elizabeth Sanberg 1997 Dorothy Finnigan
1998 Nicole Deese 1999 Melinda Gonzalez
2000 Lana Bolin 2001 Valida Prentice
2002 Jenna Ackerman and Michelle Mills 2003 Olga Galchenko
2004 Clara McCreery 2005 Courtney Voss and Amanda Richter
2006 Kimberly Martinez and Aubree Kolas 2007 Grace Bidgood
2008 Taylor Glenn 2009 Holly Johnston
2010 Ashley Ellis 2011 Holly Kline
2012 Delaney Bayles 2013 Andrea Schmeissner
2014 Erica Liddle 2015 Sophia Rosman
2016 Amanita Glover 2018 Miranda Miller
2019 Ezri Wyman 2021 Lucy Eden

People’s Choice Award

In recognition of having inspired and entertained attendees the most at the annual IJA juggling festival.

1987 Bounce & Ooo La La 1988 Philippine Pride Jugglers
1989 Sergei / Jeffrey Daymont 1990 Arsene
1991 Laura Green 1992 Elliot Cutler
1993 Masahiro Mizuno 1994 Ngaio Bealum
1995 John Gilkey 1996 Gil Pontius
1997 Jorg Muller 1998 Les Tourisks
1999 The Gandini Juggling Project 2000 Jason Garfield
2001 The Boehmer Family 2002 Perpetual Motion: Chuck Hawley & Anthony Shave
2003 Team Rootberry: Jonathan Root & Bill Berry 2004 Luke Burrage
2005 Matt Hall 2006 Tony Pezzo
2007 Get the Shoe (Florian Mueller-Reissmann and Jochen Pfeiffer) 2008 Billy Watson
2009 Doug Sayers
2011 Showy Motion – Stefan Brancel & Ben Hestness 2012 Jack Denger
2013 Kellin Quinn 2014 Kellin Quinn
2015 Delaney Bayles 2016 Geoff Marsh
2017 Zak McAllister 2018 Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse
2019 Zak McAllister    

Award of Special Recognition

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

2013 Patrick Sebastien

IJA Founders Award

In recognition of a memorable performance at the annual IJA festival that reflects the spirit of vaudeville that the organization’s founders upheld.

1991 Andrew Head 1992 Daniel Gulko
1993 Michael Menes 1994 Kosen Kagami
1995 John Gilkey 1996 Bob Nickerson
1999 Paul Arneberg 2007 Get the Shoe (Florian Mueller-Reissmann and Jochen Pfeiffer)