We Learn Better Together – Workshop in August!

We Learn Better Together – Workshop in August!

Has it been hard for you to learn contact juggling? Struggling to learn contact juggling is, unfortunately, normal. Compared to many of the flow arts, those initial moves take a lot of determination to achieve. Right now, contact juggling, is poorly taught. We need to review our pedagogy.  Also, in North America, we are far away from each other and that makes it more difficult to be motivated. That’s why we strive to put new and improved lessons on youtube, and trying to help the community grow from an informed place. I think we can build an army of great contact jugglers and push this field forward! We Learn Better Together Thom and I started a new website called ballcontact.org – a project that is dedicated to learning and growing as contact jugglers. We all used to use contactjuggling.org, but when Facebook came along, it took over our community. Still, it’s important to make lessons simple, easy to achieve and really change the philosophy that juggling stands on. We are here to change the way we learn contact juggling, and we want to bring everyone to one place, because we learn better together. Join us in Montreal for our first 2 days intensive contact juggling workshop! Contact Ball Intensive AUGUST 11 & 12 9H15 – 15H30 MONTREAL, QC SADHAKA YOGA STUDIO Contact juggling is lonely on your own. Come and meet friends & learn this art together! We will help you integrate movement of the body with props movement. We will take a deeper look at your use of body rolling, butterflies, and your body’s balance. This workshop will...
How to Create an Act in 10 steps

How to Create an Act in 10 steps

One thing about juggling and Flow Arts that comes naturally out of practicing for a long time, is the desire to show someone what you have learned. It takes so much time and energy to get good at what you are doing, it’s a natural progression to want to put it on stage. But how do you get from juggling for fun with your friends to getting it on stage? Here are 10 tips on how to create an act for this summers season! Sideshow Studios, Vancouver, Canada Step 1:  Feel your own capabilities Do you only do 5 tricks? Great! how do you present them nicely? Why are people interested in them? What makes it fun? Practice. Understand your limits and only do what you are capable. Improv, act like a child, figure out what is fun for YOU. Sharing what is fun for you is going to be what is fun for others. Video what you like best to witness it. See if it’s worth watching. Cut the best clips out and edit together. Step 2: Constructively Critique it. Watch the video and write down critiques. Be honest with yourself. Is this really working? Don’t be so brutal that you lose self-esteem, but enough that you can take out the bad parts and work on what needs to be polished. Write down what you like. relish in those moments and maybe figure out if you can extend them. Write down what ideas you have that can push this idea further and what’s missing. Step 3: Find music. Probably the most difficult part of creating an act because...
Elements of A World Class Performance

Elements of A World Class Performance

Image: Steven Ragatz performs at the ScotiaBank Buskers Festival in 2012 A world class performance requires us to be masters of many disciplines. If you’ve trained properly at a circus school – great! They likely taught you many of these tricks. But, if you’re self taught like me, these disciplines are not the ones you’ve practiced over the last decade. Although you can practice and get good enough to become one of the worlds greatest jugglers, if you’ve not practiced character and stage set up, your show is probably lacking. If instead, you come from an acting background, you may understand the theaters and cameras well, but your knowledge of prop manipulation is likely naive. The same is true of all cross-disciplines, and let’s be clear, we will never be good at improvising at each and every one of these simultaneously. But, you can choreograph a good act to include them all. If you create this act, then you hold all the master-performer cards in your hand at the same time.     Juggling or Prop Artist   A prop artist is good at making a prop come alive. They can multitask and take the risks of throwing, rolling, and spinning the object around their body with ease. The object appears not only comfortable for the artist, but an extension of them. These gravity defying feats are physical in nature, but it comes with problems. Often the person who juggles becomes unaware of their body position or loses character easily because of the huge amount of focus it takes to be aware of the actions of the object. The...

Added Tutorials

4 More Tutorial Videos have been added this weekend. Balances are always necessary and fun to work on, but what’s really interesting is the butterfly theory I am working on. This is the beginning of a new workshop I am trying to create, changing the way contact jugglers do butterflies. Let me know if it’s useful, or if you have any requests for tutorials! Recommended for you        »  Montreal – Gazette 2013        »  Settling In to SPARK!        »  Happy Winter Solstice        »  Goldie on Zoink’d YTV Canada        »  Contact Juggling...

Contact Juggling Tutorials

Here’s a playlist of all the Contact Juggling Tutorials I have created for youtube! This is the basis of Body Rolling Theory that I teach in my workshops. I have been very successful with this new workshop style, and I am excited to share it with you! *update: If you find these helpful, check out my DVD: Fundamentals of Contact...
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