Dawn creates interactive atmospheres, Entertaining audiences around the world. Her presence carries mysterious magic with contact juggling or lively jubilance with clowning, hooping or fire. Contact Dawn today for performance and teaching inquiries.

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Busking vs Juggling

Busking vs Juggling

There is a large gap between the busking community and the juggling community, one that I sit delicately on the balance between the two. If I had to choose, I would say that I fit more in the busking category, with juggling tendencies. You see, jugglers don’t make good street performers – at least, not great circle show performances, because they are not performers  per-say, and jugglers are obsessed with technique. It’s totally fair to be obsessed with technique, it makes a good juggler. To be a juggler, it takes mind numbing amounts of practice, at least according that meme above. But to be a performer means you have to connect with your audience in numerous ways. They have to like us, the person in front of them. Many jugglers (myself included), attempting to be creative, need to get that difficult trick in, and show off our amazing skill we worked on forever. Yet, when a trick is difficult the focus shifts away from the audience, and into the objects in hand and ourselves. We jugglers forget to breath, smile, show emotion or – have any connection point whatsoever. We become entirely focused on what they are doing, rather than what they are showing. Comedians and clowns do much better as street shows because the entire show is about the connection to the audience. It is almost never about the trick itself. It’s as though the trick is a worm to entice the people to watch you, but the comedy is the actual hook. There is personality, pizazz. Jugglers, most often, lose their character.. Holding onto a character is... read more
Pochinko Class in Cianciana

Pochinko Class in Cianciana

our masks: 6 directions in one Given the opportunity to both develop my own personal work and also be a part of a second level course creation with Sara Tilley and Ian Wallace, I jumped. A bit of mystery surrounded the event, but I knew that a whole bunch of clowns like me were going to descend upon Cianciana, Italy and that I had to be there. This particular workshop was special because through interviews and research Sara is attempting to write some of the philosophical underpinnings of Richard Pochinko’s style of clowning, and what he desired from this work most of all. This work is the closest I will ever get to a ritualistic and spiritual exploration. What is Richard Pochinko style? They call it “Clown through Mask”, creating and using a mask to discover feelings, beliefs and tendencies underneath the masks. It’s an exploration of the humanity of the self. It is a schooling that makes one feel the feelings inside of themselves and brings them outward, instead of trying to act a feeling and attempt to bring it inside oneself. This style helps one free oneself of arrogant confines, attempting to sidestep any and all logical planning and allowing what is already there to be shown to the world. “Nothing never happens” my original Pochinko teacher, David McMurray Smith, would say. Most of all, Pochinko style is an engagement in true childlike Play. In my original classes, I would find myself unwilling and blocked. David would tell me to use that, play with it too. Anything that is coming to you is your playground, use it... read more
End of Summer 2015!

End of Summer 2015!

It’s been a great summer in France, learning about the street festivals and juggling festivals across the country. Also, traveling across Europe and performing in 8 different countries this year, I have learned about the European performance scene. I am writing about the various countries and the performance permits on The Busking Project if you would like to follow along! Also, I have been writing for the Flow Arts Institute about the history of the term Flow Arts, defining what Flow Arts means to me and writing about the differences in Juggling vs Flow Arts. Now that that the Performance season is slowing down, and I no longer have a working visa here, I will be retraining my clown technique with Ian Wallace and Sara Tiley in Italy, and continuing my research on the letters work on my own. I look forward to returning to Canada in March (as I am hoping for an extension of my holiday Visa here in France until my partner completes his studies) and showing the world the new things from Europe! As I have more time, you will surely see more posts from me soon. À Bientot!... read more

What People are Saying About Dawn

Since we met Dawn back in 2011, she has been a fundamental part of our planning and outreach. She is the best kind of advisor – someone who’s not afraid to tell you that you’re doing something terrible, when needed, but also who suggests positive solutions to problems you didn’t even know you had. We’ve spent three years getting better and better, and Dawn has played an important part in that. Nick Broad, founder

The Busking Project

Dawn Marie is an incredible instructor and coach. Her class was pack and she still managed to offer an amazing workshop with lots of personal attention. Her class was one of the highlights of the festival and I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a great coach. Carisa Hendrix, director of Prop Fest Alberta

Dawn is a professional, expert in her field of expertise who made the 2 hour workshop feel like a walk in the park. At the end, everyone felt that they accomplished what looked impossible at the beginning and felt the time just flew by. Joe Nifco


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