Message from the Chairman, January, 2015

A new year is upon us! January is often the time when resolutions take shape and time is spent planning the year ahead. Do you have any juggling goals for 2015? Learn some new patterns? Pick up a new prop, perhaps? Maybe attend a festival you’ve always wanted to go to. In any event, the start of a new year can often be an invigorating experience. In regards to the IJA, there are a lot of great things happening!

2015 TurboFest just happened this month. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the event, the venue, and the organizers behind it. Currently the Turbo418 crew is picking up steam and hard at work putting everything in place for the IJA festival in July. Everything is on track for an amazing event.

In video news, our 2015 Tricks of the Month series is off to a strong start! We are going to be doing things a little bit differently this year; instead of releasing videos that are lumped into specific categories, we are simply going to be showcasing three jugglers per month from around the world. Jorge Vilchis is hard at work coordinating the project, with additional assistance from myself. There are a lot of great contributors lined up!

Speaking of juggling videos, have you seen Nathan Biggs-Penton’s juggling film ‘Miller‘? If you are a current IJA member, you can watch it in its entirety for free on our eZine! Not only that, but there are several bonus clips included that were made exclusively for its IJA release.

The IJA has a lot of exciting things in store for 2015. The Board and Officers are busy working on several substantial projects. I can’t make any major announcements quite yet, but believe me, we have several major developments coming up that you don’t want to miss!

I hope that your new year is off to a great start.

Juggle on,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

Nathan Wakefield

Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. Currently, he is The Chairman of the International Jugglers’ Association. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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