The Juggling Club presents the Durango Juggle Fest

September 12th, 2010
Location – Durango, Colorado

Dates – October 15 – 17, 2010
Calling All Jugglers, Unicyclists, Poi Spinners, Acrobats, Contact Jugglers, Acro-Balancers, Object Manipulators, and Circus Freaks of All Kinds! Join us for the FIRST EVER Durango Juggle Fest!

Whether you’ve been wanting to learn for years, enjoy it as a hobby, or are a professional circus performer – this festival will educate, inspire, and leave you wanting more!

3 Days of Workshops, Games, and Open Practice Space – FREE

Beginners – Advanced Welcome!



A family show, highlighting AMAZING variety talent from across the country.

Prepare to be in awe as people magically flip objects, flip  each other, and flip themselves through the air.

When: Saturday, October 16

Where: Fort Lewis College Theater

Doors Open: 5:45pm

Show Time: 6:30pm

Price: General Admission: $10 – FLC Student (with ID): $8

Tickets for sale at the door – Cash or Check Only!



We are thrilled to be presenting a phenomenal line-up of Jugglers, Contortionists, Acrobats, and Manipulators of all kinds for the Public Show, featuring:

Special Guests:

Matt Hall

Our emcee for the public show, known as the “Juggle Sensei”, has garnered several awards, including the IJA Individuals Silver medal, the 2005 IJA Individual Prop Champion, and the IJA Peoples’ Choice Award.  He has performed, taught workshops, and emceed in places like Scotland, England, Australia, Israel, Canada, The Netherlands, and Denmark. In 2008, he performed at one and hosted another of the Open Stages at the European Juggling Convention in Karlsruhe, Germany-the largest gathering of jugglers in history.  Most recently, Matt has performed and emceed at the 2009 Montreal Juggling Festival, the 2009 Melbourne Juggling Convention, and the 2010 Humboldt 10th Anniversary Festival.  Matt will bring humor, energy, and massive talent to the stage.

Doug Sayers

2009 IJA Individuals Champion* and 2010 IJA Teams Champion*, Doug radiates enthusiasm and expertise as he performs his World Class juggling routine that has been witnessed by audiences across the country.  Hold on to your seats, because the amount of talent that this guy has will blow your mind and then some!

Ember Bria

A contortionist like no other, Ember will bend her body beautifully, gracefully, and freakishly, in ways that will leave your mind bent and confused by reality.  Also, look for Ember performing her full act with Matthew Poki McCorkle at the Durango Arts Theater on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.

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Brad Weston

Brad Weston has been all over the globe as a full time professional performer for over 25 years.  He has appeared multiple times on the Tonight Show, Ellen Degeneres, and Ripley’s, but his favorite gig was the Cascade of Stars Show at the 2010 IJA Convention in Sparks, Nevada.

Kevin Axtell

A performer from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Kevin brings an artistic element to juggling that is beyond compare.   Kevin’s performances have been referred to as stunning, eloquent, and captivating by audiences across the country.

Christopher Haaser

9 year old wonder child! Christopher has only been learning to juggle for 13 months, and has already achieved an incredible level of skill and stage presence that many performers can only dream of.  Coming from Huntsville, Utah, Christopher is excited to be performing at his second juggling festival.

Bekah Smith

A resident of Boulder, CO, Bekah brings a finesse of talent and composition to the stage that creates a character bound to capture the hearts of any audience.  Her juggling skill combined with her theatrical presence make for a routine that is not to be missed.
Kyle Johnson

Currently considered one of the worlds best contact jugglers, Kyle showcases his unique and creative moves combining contact and toss juggling that often leaves the audience wondering: “How can that be possible?!”

Bri Crabtree

Coming to us from Oakland, California, Bri is a phenomenal ball spinner that brings a magical presence to the stage.  Come witness Bri as she impressively spins balls on her fingers while maneuvering them effortlessly around her body.

Thom Wall

Having recently finished a tour with the Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow Revue, Thom is now touring the west, performing as he goes.  A juggler from the American Midwest, Thom is the current champion of the IJA 3 ball individual prop competition, and has a fresh and riveting performance style.

Matthew Poki McCorkle

Matt, aka Poki, performs a unique form of object manipulation, known as hoop isolation.  Hoops appear to magically float in space as Matt enacts his seamless routine.  Also, look for Poki performing his full act with Ember at the Durango Arts Theater on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.

New Addition!


Bekka Rose

Coming to us from Vancouver, Canada, Bekka Rose has spent time perfecting her art of juggling at the Katacomben in Berlin, Germany.  She brings an incredbly artistic and European flare to her poetic performance.  Due to an injury of another performer, Bekka has graciously stepped in to fill the spot.

Salt Fire Circus Locals:

Michael Rendon

Come watch Durango’s Mayor start off the show with a bang and add his humor and ring master skills to various elements of the show.

Mark Stampfle and Erin Stephens –

Combining their skills of contact juggling, toss juggling, acrobatics, and theatrics, Mark and Erin will grace the stage with their duo routine, under their new team name:   “Project Air-Craft”.

* (IJA = International Jugglers Association)



Friday, October 15:

2:00pm – 7:00pm – Open Reception and Practice Space – The Rochester Hotel Courtyard –

4:00pm – Mountain Unicycle Ride – Meet at The Rochester Hotel Courtyard

7:00pm – 9:30pm – Two and a half hour break – go eat dinner and frolic downtown.

9:30pm – whenever – Renegade Show – FREE – Steamworks Brewing Company – Emcee – Michael Taylor       Silly, funny, risque, or flamboyant – all object manipulation is welcome.  Open sign ups for performers.


Saturday, October 16:

10:00am-12:00pm – Fort Lewis College Clock Tower

FREE Workshops, Open Practice Space

12:00pm-10:00pm –  Fort Lewis College Ballroom (top floor of CUB Building)

FREE Workshops, Open Practice Space, Prop Vendors, Construction Zone (for beginners)

5:45pm – Public Show – Doors Open

6:30pm – Public Show – Fort Lewis College Theater


Sunday, October 17:

10:00am – 5:00pm – Fort Lewis College Ballroom (top floor of CUB Building)

FREE Workshops, Open Practice Space, Prop Vendors, Construction Zone (for beginners)

10:00am: Riverpath Unicycle Ride – Meet at the park by Durango Rec Center



Friday, October 15 – 4:00pm – Mountain Unicycle Ride in the gorgeous Colorado Mountains.  Meet at the Rochester Hotel Courtyard

Sunday, October 17 – 10:00am – River Path Ride – Enjoy the beautiful fall colors along Durango’s stunning river path.  Meet at the Boys and Girls Club



Friday – Oct. 15

Time Workshop 1
3:00 – 4:00 Club Swinging

Brian Thompson

4:00 – 5:00 Shape-Shifting –

Dynamic club manipulation for all levels.  Modern tricks, concepts and techniques to create living pictures with your clubs.
Bring a notebook and stretch out your hands and arms before you come.

Kevin Axtell

5:00 – 6:00 4 Ball Breakout

Thom Wall


Saturday – Oct. 16

Time Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
10:00 – 11:00 Beginning 3 Ball Juggling

Come learn the basics or perfect your beginner skills!

Erin Stephens

Club Kick-Ups –

Learn various ways to kick clubs up into your pattern.

Dominique Rabideau

11:00 – 12:00 Beginning Unicycling

Bri Crabtree

Floor Play

It is like advanced patty cake meets passing meets siteswap.

Bekah Smith

Beginning Poi

Mark Stampfle

12:00 – 1:00 Cigar Boxes

Matt Hall

Beginning Contact Juggling

Kyle Johnson and Richard Hartnell

3 Ball Blind Behind the Back

Thom Wall

1:00 – 2:00 Hoop Isolation

Matt “Poki” McCorkle and Brian Thompson

3 Club Backcrosses 

Doug Sayers

2:00 – 3:00 Body Rolls with clubs in a 423 Pattern

Bekka Rose

Palm Spinning

Richard Hartnel

3:00 – 4:00 Club PassingWarren Hammond Flow Wand

Bri Crabtree

4:00 – 5:00 4 – a – the -Explora

Beginning 4 ball tricks!
New to 4 balls? Not sure where to go?
This fun, easy, and playful workshop will introduce you to an approachable world of 4 ball moves.
Bring 4 balls and an open mind.

Kevin Axtell

Acting For Jugglers

Brad Weston

5:00 – 6:00 Creating Sequences and Composition

Bekka Rose

Staff Manipulation

Intermediate to advanced level single-staff lessons & practice. Bring a Jo or a Bo and join in the workshop to learn how to really spin it! There will be some simple staves available for those without. Learn all the best tricks, from throws to under-the-leg maneuvers, from halos to helixes, & from copters to rolls.

Brenden Bombaci

Sunday, Oct. 17
Time Workshop 1 Workshop 2
10:00 – 11:00 Scissor Theory

This in depth workshop will introduce you to the world of 3 club scissor manipulation.
If you’ve ever tried or been interested in a 3 club scissor catch, come see what else is possible.
Check out this innovative and easy approach to the 3 club scissor and beyond! All levels

Kevin Axtell



11:00 – 12:00 Advanced Poi 

Brian Thompson

4 Ball Multi-Plex 

Matt Hall

12:00 – 1:00 Contortion 

Ember Bria

Advanced Unicycling

Eric and Jeff

1:00 – 2:30 Raffle and Games Raffle and Games
2:30 – 3:30 Ball Spinning

Bri Crabtree

5 Ball Jam – Beginning to Advanced

Doug Sayers

3:30 – 4:30 Creative 3 Ball

Kyle Johnson

Club Balancing

Bekah Smith



To all beginners and novices – young and old alike – the construction zone will be a specified area in the FLC Ballroom for beginners to receive personalized instruction.  There will be a person present to teach any and all who want to learn to juggle, spin poi, contact juggle, etc.    So – don’t fret about being a beginner – your are welcome!



Rochester Hotel Courtyard:

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Fort Lewis College Ballroom:,-107.880023&sspn=0.011577,0.019119&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=Fort+Lewis+College+Student+Union&hnear=&ll=37.273643,-107.875593&spn=0.011577,0.019119&z=16&iwloc=A

Once on campus:

Follow signs to the Student Union Building.  The festival is on the top floor in the “Ballroom”.

Fort Lewis College Theatre:

See their website at:



If you are coming from out of town, and would like to be set up with a local host for the weekend, please contact Mark Stampfle at:



It is our hope that this festival will add to the progressive juggling and circus scene of the Southwest – welcoming and inviting guests from Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado (and all other states as well!). This area is currently sparse for juggling festivals. So, let’s all come out of the wood works and make this fest amazing!


Presented by: FLC Juggling Club and Salt Fire Circus

Sponsored By: The Rochester Hotel and Leland House

For more information, contact Erin Stephens at or (408)914-8871