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30 days of flow 2019

30 days of flow 2019

30 days of flow is here! Hello! I know it’s time to be gearing up for the holidays, but I wanted to catch you before you really start your plans for the new year. You will need to schedule this goal in! IT’S THE  (#30daysofflow) challenge 2019! It’s always an amazing way to start the years goals, feeling strong in your chosen flow field. I have been doing this challenge for 6 years now! I often set multiple challenges for myself, and due to this challenge, I still play the ukulele every day, and practice french! Ok, it helps that I live in Montreal. ANYWAY, Let’s do this!  You know the drill.   30 days of flow Starting January 2, 2019: Practice 30 minutes For 30 days With 1 favorite flow prop Post an instagram video for posterity. Use the hashtag #30daysofflow2019 It’s really fun to be part of this #30daychallege group every year! I am so excited for what you will... read more
New Costumes 2018

New Costumes 2018

So, I understand, these graphics are a good example of why you shouldn’t create your own graphics. But, this was an exercise in whimsy. At least it’s a great way to share all the new costumes I can offer after a serious upgrade this year. LED Winter Princess! You can’t be a performer without an LED costume these days! It’s so important to be seen in these dark days. I have this new heart shaped dress LED tutu that’s wonderful for the Christmas season. 50’s Rockabily This bright number is great for a punch of color at an event. Spunky, and high energy, this is wonderful for cocktail events and dinners Classic Circus Similar to the rock-ability, this is a throwback to the past with a classic vintage circus look, complete with matching luggage!   The Water Goddess This piece was inspired by the tide. Pulled by the moon, the waters of the earth are ever changing. Luna, the white eyed mystic, is the one who controls them. Jade This serious face shows the depth of the character that comes with this stage presence. This contact juggling piece is shows profound emotions, while looking you in the eye. Let me know if you like the new... read more
New LED costume!

New LED costume!

WEEE! I received my new LED costume in the mail! It’s a ballet tutu custom built for me, all dressed up for Christmas! Here’s a test photo to see the effect. It’s already snowing here in Montreal, and it just makes everything so pretty! This is so perfect for any Christmas event! I can’t wait to perform in it for... read more
Meeting Craig Quat: The evolution in juggling pedagogy

Meeting Craig Quat: The evolution in juggling pedagogy

(Please note that all of the quotes presented here are actually paraphrased, but written as quotes to denote speaking. I don’t have a direct recording to be completely accurate of his word choices, but attempted an approximation for a feel of who Quat is.)   Craig Quat walks into the room with a large bounce in his step. “I need a few minutes to relax before we start, I just had an 8 hour meeting” he says. He was meeting with Cirque du Soleil to consult with them about their new family entertainment centers. “But first, who are you?” he asks. I tell him that I am a juggler, and more recently, a mom. “Being a mom is juggling. Changing a diaper requires bilateral precision through space and time. You have to unfold the diaper and hold a baby while they try to roll and anticipate their movements so you can get it in the right spot.” he pauses.  “Everything is juggling”. It seems to me like this is his motto. Quat is a bundle of passion and vibrance who talks fast about deep concepts with a strong penchant for ethics. He is highly researched with a sureness about the importance of his work, but feels a need to continue researching and do more trials. One thing that’s for sure, he cares for, and understands his students like no other teacher I have ever seen. Most of his energy revolves around helping people learn about juggling. He will tell you a dozen juggling related neurological facts. “Juggling increases the brain mass by 5 percent after 6 weeks of practice... read more
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... read more
How to obtain a permit for Street Performing in Montreal

How to obtain a permit for Street Performing in Montreal

Great news! I have recently been appointed to the joint committee of street performers (otherwise known as “Des Amuseurs Publics” here) in Montreal. At a recent city council meeting, the artists themselves select 2 appointees for circle show performers, and 3 for musicians. Let’s be clear, all I had to do was show up to the council meeting and volunteer for the position, but, still, YAY.  I am now officially a street rat advocate! Our job is to communicate with the city counsel when people need to resolve busking community issues. It’s been very difficult for me to understand this system & it’s recently changed again, so I am happy to be helpful for anyone coming into the city to try to explain the way things work. This city’s bureaucratic system is definitely broken in every way, and the busker permit is no different! Here’s what you need to know: To be a busker in Montreal, you need to obtain a permit from La Ville Marie on the 17th floor at 800 rue Maisonneuve est. They have recently gotten rid of the audition system, so you can now apply all year long. The license itself costs $160 to renew, and an extra $50 just to open a file if you are new. This is definitely the most expensive busking license in Canada! To obtain a permit, you must prove to the administration that you are worthy of being a street performer. You can do this by a) be a card carrying member of a professional association b) show that you have a education in the arts c) have another... read more
Choreograph Breath

Choreograph Breath

I had an amazing experience recently. When I was performing at the Waterloo Juggling Festival, everything in my act went exactly as planned. This, of course, sounds how it should be, but if I am honest with you, I have really struggled in my carrier to nail it. I do well, enough to ensure no one else notices my foibles, but there was one thing that drastically changed how I felt during my act: I choreographed a moment of stillness in order to take a deep breath. In fact, even in this act, I forgot to choreograph one last breath in the final minute of the act. At 40 seconds, I fumbled just a tiny bit. How was I making it through 6 minutes without breathing  before? In reality, it’s scary to take time to be still on stage. This makes me feel all the feelings contained within my body. All eyes are upon me in that moment, and I feel the urge to do and be something. There is this voice inside that says “You don’t want to waste a precious second of your audiences time without entertainment!”. It’s a lie. As my teacher David McMurray Smith says “Nothing never happens”. But when you are up on stage, building energy, it is very likely that your sympathetic nervous system has kicked in. Your body becomes a jumble of nerves and using cognitive functions becomes more difficult. The body puts its resources into fight or flight responses.  It’s screaming “Do something!”. This is where all that practice comes in handy! It’s great to rehearse an act 100 times but... read more
Showing up vs Showing off

Showing up vs Showing off

Notice the differences between your practice when you feel like you are in a comparative mindset.  Are you showing up, or are you showing off? Showing off is all about your ego, with you as the center of your mindset. You are in the future mindset with angst or arrogance. This is where you find yourself trying to prove something to other people, gain validation from their attention. This is where you are trying to be “the best”, “the prettiest”, “the coolest” instead of trying to do the work of expressing all the original expression only you can do. In contrast, by showing up, you connect with yourself authentically as you are right now. The quality of your work changes when you can be with yourself because you can connect with others. When you are showing up, you’ll find yourself able to listen, as you have already learned to listen to yourself. When you’ve stopped trying to prove yourself to others, you can slow down and turn your attention outwards and hear what the world needs from you. We artists need to promote ourselves consistently to be able to sell our work. Taking photos and videos, writing bios and promotion packages then creating perfection on stage. There is an enormous focus on our egos because we are the product we are selling. We sell our image and our moves. Showing off is an easy trap to fall into in the business. Yet, the other side to this line of thinking is that what we are really showing is the work we do on ourselves. Our ability to be authentic... read more
Mindfulness on Stage

Mindfulness on Stage

The fleeting moment of accomplishment is not the goal of our work. Sure, it’s motivating and it feels great. If all goes well those peaks will be there. But, that moment is only a split second of the real work. The mindfulness is the true purpose of the practice. Witnessing yourself through all the peaks and the valleys without judgement (or letting go of judgement) is what will keep us coming back to the studio. Getting into our body, feeling ourselves and how we relate to the space around us, going deeper and feeling our feelings is the real reason we practice anything in life. Our audiences don’t want to watch someone who shames themselves into being “perfect”. Our audience wants to to connect to us, because for that moment that we are on stage, we let them into our world. We give them permission to feel their feelings through our process of sharing ours. We allow them a moment to side step their own shame, and validate themselves. This can only happen if we give ourselves permission to feel and be ourselves and be free of our own cultural constructs that bring about shame in the first place. The meaning of our practice is in the mindfulness. It’s not about the attainment of each trick. Tricks show the mastery over the our world, it’s true. But honestly, mastery is only interesting for a second. What humans really desire is that connection, and mastery actually creates walls and idols and pedestals that destroy our ability to connect. The progress of ourselves as humans is the real story. How did... read more
New Roving Act Available!

New Roving Act Available!

There is a new act on the block called Bubble masters! This ring master walks through crowds and uses all the bubbles to attract a little elf who catches the bubbles. A little show begins and the ringmaster walks ahead and begins the game again. Really fun for festivals and street crowds, replaying the magic of a mini-show until the end of the road! Check out the bubble masters and book it for your next festival!... read more

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