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RIT is pleased to present a Special Collection of the best.
Performers have been listed alphabetically by last name, since they are all first in their expertise.
Award winning author and presenter Ted Baumhauer
Best in balance by far, acrobat and juggler Cate Emily Flaherty
The innovative blend of theater, dance, and juggling of Michael Karas
First footbagger to compete in the prestigious Cirque de Demain festival in Paris: Jorden Moir
World record holders in unicycling and balance: the Dazzling Mills Family
IJA Individuals Gold medal winner Doug Sayers
IJA Teams Silver medalists SMIRK!
Best coach, Rafi Benjamin, leads the U of R Strong Jugglers in incredible ensemble juggling!
The"Lord of the Rings" Norbi Whitney presents a new act on our stage!
Our Masters of Ceremonies and Hilarity - SMIRK!
Physical comedian and maniacal goofball Reid Belstock and innovative juggling ace and straight man Warren Hammond have teamed up to bring you their hilarious and incredible new show, Smirk!
Described as "a nicely matched pair of performers with a deep bag of tricks" by Juggle magazine, their juggling and slapstick antics explode off the stage to fill the largest auditorium.
Their work has earned them the 2009 IJA Silver Medal for ensemble work, as well as the Boulder Circus Arts Award in 2008.
Ted delivers unforgettable and entertaining keynote presentations and leadership development programs. From the shop floor to the boardroom, from Australia to Buffalo, Ted brings to life the struggles of becoming a leader, leaving the group with real action steps. On top of all that he was once ejected from the Bellagio Hotel in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada for... you guessed it... juggling! Please enjoy the show!
Three years after making the world debut of her unique act at the RIT Spring Juggle-in, Cate Flaherty has traveled the world delighting audiences in the United States, Canada and Europe with her unique blend of handstands and juggling. Cate is a graduate of L'Ecole du Cirque de Quebec and has performed for major circus companies such as: Cirque Sublime, Cirque Dreams and Cirque du Soleil. She recently was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Cirkus Prinsessan Festival in Stockholm, Sweden and she is thrilled to return to the RIT stage to present the latest incarnation of her ground-breaking act.
Michael Karas has been throwing and catching (and dropping) stuff for 10 years to be able to bring you his performance today!Ever since he was young, Michael has been interested in all things kinetic - from roller coasters to monorails to waterwheels to robots!People found it odd that in high school, Michael preferred math over the usual favorite subject for actors: English.In the end, it makes sense though because performing juggling is a combination of right brain and left brain activity; you need both precision and pizzazz!Michael is famous all over the world for his creative juggling - he's been on the cover of Juggle magazine and has won the Bronze Medal at the International Juggling Association.He hopes you enjoy his performance today and that you check out more of his creative work at www.michaelkaras.net
The Dazzling Mills Family
The Dazzling Mills Family is a group of four talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats plus their dog Peppy. Together they have appeared at countless fairs, schools, corporate events, parks and Christian events not to mention on many television shows, such as the Discovery Channel, Crook and Chase, Penn and Teller, and The Statler Brothers. On top of their many appearances they hold numerous national championships and even a world record.
Jorden Moir is a 22 yr old student and performer with Zacada Circus School in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and the best at what he does.
Relentlessly pursuing excellence in footbagging skill, and performance, continues to pay off for Jorden. Recently he was one of the few (24) selected out of 800 applicants to compete in the prestigious Cirque de Demain festival in Paris this year. Check out minute 1:23 in this video to see a cameo of Jorden in a French news Broadcast.
Doug Sayers - IJA Senior Gold Medalist
Doug Sayers isn’t satisfied with doing what he has always done.
That’s why he loves competitive juggling and continuing to push his abilities to new levels. Working tirelessly day after day to perfect impossibly hard patterns and skills, that's what he does for fun.
His greater purpose is to be a positive role model for the school children he comes in contact with at school assemblies through his professional juggling company Whatsup Juggling. With whatsup juggling, Doug performs around the Midwest in schools, street fairs, and corporate events. His newest venture will begin May 2010 in Los Angeles where he will be performing with Josh Horton as the Dream Team Jugglers. In his RIT stage debut, Doug presents the act from his 2009 International Jugglers Association Gold Medal performance.
The University of Rochester Strong Jugglers - lead by Rafi Benjamin
The University of Rochester’s Strong Jugglers, led by current president Rafi Benjamin, are pleased to present a sampling of routines from their 15th annual spring show, “The Juggling Olympics.” The Strong Jugglers, founded in 1995, provide a climate for learning and performing juggling and other circus arts for both the University and the greater Rochester area. They enjoy a tight-knit community that takes pleasure in the ensemble-juggling experience.
Rafi Benjamin grew up attending circus camp, and toured with Circus Smirkus’ Big Top Tour in 2006 and 2007 performing juggling and other circus arts. Since then, he has spent his summers as a juggling coach for The Big Apple Circus’ and now Smirkus’ camp programs. The Strong Jugglers are honored to be a part of the 33rd annual RIT Spring Jugglin-In.
Performing members in the show include Raphael Benjamin (President), Jacob Farber (Vice President), Adam Lanman (Business Manager), Nathaniel Zuk (Secretary), Nick Aikens, Michael Echter, Jeff Kornhauser, Rebecca Levin, Scott Lucchini, Stefanie Milner, Sarah Smith.