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End of the 2019 Summer Season

End of the 2019 Summer Season

2019 has been a healthy season, and I have been working with some amazing folks in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto! Working with Productions Hoopdanse and Orbital Talent - They are crazy talented! My Word Juggling show is finally off the ground! I have been working on...

CanSpin Contact Juggler of the year 2019!

CanSpin Contact Juggler of the year 2019!

I won an award! I am contact juggler of the year 2019 ! Thanks to the CanSpin awards to holding this competition! yay! It's really nice to receive recognition for work I've done for the last 15 years. 🙂 Thanks to everyone who helped me achieve this! Check out the...

Building Practice Habits

Building Practice Habits

Good practice habits means you will go deeper into the juggling, you will progress more and your brain will continually be working mentally. Here are a few quick ideas that make practice more of a habit than a chore. 7 tips for good practice habits: Keep a ball in...

Word Juggler

Word Juggler

It's been a long time since I have written, but in the background, I am writing grants, building props, writing stories and getting ready for a big release of work. I am so excited to share with you, when it's ready. 😀

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...

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...

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...

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.)  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Maternity Leave

Hello Everyone!   Sorry I have been offline for a while. I was busy getting married and having a baby ! I am slowly coming back online as I apply to festivals and get back into training for the summer season. I look...

4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

When I was 18, I really didn't care to get a license and drive. To this day, I still walk, bike and take transit almost everywhere. I love it! However, my parents were forceful about me driving. At the time, they told me "woman shouldn't be walking alone at night."...

Essay Round up!

Essay Round up!

Wow! 24 essays published this year. Check out the 2016 work published on the Flow Arts Institute, the Dawn Dreams blog, and The Busking Project! The Doubts http://flowartsinstitute.com/the-doubts/ Clean Tech Part 1 http://flowartsinstitute.com/clean-tech-1/ Clean Tech...

Being Yourself

Being Yourself

Professor Adam Grant wrote this essay "Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice." But it seems this professor misrepresents, and misunderstands this advice, taking it in the most literal possible meaning. What the professor doesn't understand is being...

Paying Attention

Paying Attention

Over the years as a performance artist, I have learned that the most important factor in a good performance is paying attention, wholly and fully to every action you make and your audience's response simultaneously. This means being vulnerable, showing up fully to...

Scheherazade short

Scheherazade short

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsxBhscDZCM Performing to Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade was a grande experience. The ability to perform with a full symphony was so full and rich with emotion and powerful technique. So many people's passion combined into a single...

Scheherazade

Scheherazade

Scheherazade is ready for her debut! Last night there was a dressed rehearsal before the debut of the newest show Scheherazade. It's opening night next Sunday in the Kingston Grande Theatre. It's a sold out show, and my parents will be there for the first time seeing...

Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

https://vimeo.com/117536055 I had the pleasure of seeing the Gandini Jugglers perform the Montreal Premiere of 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures at the Festival Completement Cirque here in Montreal. It is the second time I saw them this year (Win)! The first was their Meta...

The Meaning of Art

Sometimes I wonder what the meaning of art is. I wonder if this is a good use of my life. It is a hoped that one could inspire others to find the awe and wonder in themselves. It is a hope that we could all become like children again, just for a moment. We don't know...

I am back

I am back

I am back! Here's a Sneak Preview of Dawn's newest act & tour dates in Quebec and Toronto! View this email in your browser I AM BACK (In Canada) Hey Hey, How are you doing? Things are great here, just wanted to give you some tour dates, a download, and a bit of my...

re-learning

This process of being in France for 2 years gave me some serious understandings of my art. Through a process of re-learning everything, I have re-discovered many things. I had to reclaim my contact juggling through all this training. Re-find my style, my ideas, my own...

What is Flow?

What is Flow?

Flow is the essence of spirit, the base of human consciousness, the innocence of a child. It is the full awareness of the moment and yet the slowing of time. It is a healing place, a meditative place, it is a vulnerable place but a place of connection and rebirth. It...

Artistic Accompaniment

This past few days I was working with Rémi Laroussinie as an Artistic Accompaniment on a big show that I am creating for September. Rémi is one of the co-founders of Maison Des Jonglages in Paris, which is the only cultural body in the world that is officially...

Call for submissions for the CJ Collab video!

Call for submissions for the CJ Collab video!

For the past 6 years, contact jugglers around the world have been creating compilation videos of the community's skillz. It is extremely wonderful to see everyone get together in one place to share different ideas, ways of moving and playing with contact juggling....

Moving to Montreal

Moving to Montreal

Hey Everyone, I am moving to Montreal and I am STOKED! Every time I move to a new city, I have this idea that I can be a better person. This time, I’ll have it together. I won’t have limits. I won’t get sick. This time, I’ll stop using the pronoun “I” in my writing,...

Some 30 Day Challenge Heroes!

Some 30 Day Challenge Heroes!

So many people did really amazing 30 day challenge videos this year, and a lot of them did compilation video edits so we can watch them all in one shot! If you haven't done a 30 day Flow Challenge yet, I seriously recommend you start now! No matter what prop you use,...

The History of the Term Flow Arts

This article was originally posted to the Flow Arts Institute in April 2015, and has been re-posted here with permission. ----------------- If you ask around in the Flow Arts scene, it seems to come down to a small group of people, pre-youtube, who were trying to...

The Drome – Call out for Photos / Stories / Info

The Drome – Call out for Photos / Stories / Info

Hey Spinners and Jugglers, There is a story about a mythical place call the Drome that was in London, England between the year 1997 - 2000. This was an underground Squat which had weekly parties for spinners to go to. There was 3 rooms, and amazing rave music. 200-300...

The Busk App

Recently,  BuSK.co released the busk app that allows you to find, and tip street performers. Now a days, street performing is becoming more difficult, as people are carrying less cash and paying by card. Now, you can still give street performers donations, and find...

And the Tap Drips – Radio interview

And the Tap Drips – Radio interview

I did a radio interview with Radio Pulsar here in Poitiers, France with the wonderful Emma Crews. We  spoke about my history as an artist, some hilarious French Faux Pas, my life as a juggler and a bit of feminist theory. Giv'er a listen!

Clown Photo Promo!

Clown Photo Promo!

Thomas and I had a wonderful time at our clown photo promo shoot! We were creating new photos for each other to update our promo material to our current work. We aren't getting any younger you know. Lucky for us, you can clown around for life! If you want to see more...

Update! New videos

Update! New videos

YAY! New Videos, just what you've always wanted, right? On these cold winter days, it's difficult to get outside to play and juggle. Instead, I play inside! You may know that I love video edit, juggling and clowning and these things go really well together. Here are...

#30daysofflow : Mission Complete

#30daysofflow : Mission Complete

We Did it! There are 237 videos on the #30dayflowchallenge hashtag and 305 videos on the #30daysofflow hashtag! Incredible work by everyone who got involved. Things I learned this challenge include: Having community support to keep you accountable makes a big...

Equality for Women in Juggling: Demographics

Equality for Women in Juggling: Demographics

Hello friendly jugglers, I've been counting the number of women on stage at various juggling festivals I have attended in 2015 and it confirms what I have been suspecting. Women are not found in equal numbers on Gala stages at juggling festivals, and more generally,...

30 Day Challenge is coming!

30 Day Challenge is coming!

Do you have any training goals as part of your New Year's resolution? Here’s one for you that we can all do together: The 30 day challenge. The rules: Starting January 2nd (because you’re sleeping it off on the 1st):...

Bilbo Baggins Syndrome

Bilbo Baggins Syndrome

  Leaving home for the first time is a magical journey filled with adventure. When you are far away, you dream about the things you miss; your mom’s cooking, your old coffee shops, the weekends with your friends. When you first leave you just don’t consider the...

10 inspiring Juggling Women of 2015

10 inspiring Juggling Women of 2015

It’s time to represent some badass contemporary juggling women of 2015 who have inspired me this year. While there are many others that continue to inspire me throughout my career (cough - Bekka Rose - cough) these ones specifically inspired me in 2015. Rock on...

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...

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...

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...

La Nouvelle Republic: August 2015

La Nouvelle Republic: August 2015

Original found here: http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/Vienne/Loisirs/Fetes-festivals/n/Contenus/Articles/2015/08/25/Dawn-la-Canadienne-jongle-a-Poitiers-depuis-un-an-2440509 Vienne - Poitiers Dawn, la Canadienne, jongle à Poitiers depuis un an Laurent Favreuille...

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of those things in our society that we really gloss over. Something horrible happens to us, and if we're are lucky we have deep friends who are there by our side, willing to listen to us - for as long as we need - as we find forgiveness for those...

2015 Summer Tour

The Dream European Tour Starting Next week, Dawn will be on a 3 week tour performing across Belgium, The Netherlands,  Denmark, Finland and Norway! Based in France, Dawn has been touring little towns finding people to entertain in every place she is welcome. But Next...

French Language Faux Pas

Speaking a foreign language here has allowed some hilarious moments of serious miscommunications that go way beyond basic politeness. Okay, so I get my tu’s and vous’s mixed up all the time, but that is easily forgiven by anyone who knows you’re a foreigner (and...

Daily differences of living in France

It is incredibly lucky to be living in France, the country of love, of beauty and a rich cultural history. But the learning curve during any kind of immigration is high, and some of my ideological values oppose the values this culture espouses. More than that, some of...

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