Laura Appleton-Jones is conducting a family juggling workshop beginning March 17.

Families Who Juggle Stay out of Trouble

There’s nothing like a fun family activity to keep connection strong, nothing like a group goal to keep up the spirit of cooperative growth

There’s nothing like a fun family activity to keep connection strong, nothing like a group goal to keep up the spirit of cooperative growth.

Plus, juggling makes the kids look cool and the parents stay young.

You don’t have to be born into a circus family, and you don’t have to be amazingly coordinated either – If you can throw one ball in the air and catch it then you can learn to juggle.

Improve hand/eye coordination; get good healthy exercise (the longer they stay in the air the better work out on your arms, and the more they fall to the ground the better work out on your legs); focus your attention; decrease stress; increase fun; and share the joy of learning and trying and laughing and cursing. The fun of juggling is contagious, so when people learn together it increases the inspiration to keep on trying, with the famous last words always being ‘just one more time’….over, and over, and over again.

This class is designed for adults, teens and for family groups with members of all ages. You will learn the beginnings of juggling 3 items using balls, beanbags and scarves, and if you’re eager and you practice lots you may even start learning some fancy tricks too! There will be some ideas for partner and group activities as well.

Your instructor, Laura Appleton-Jones, has been known in this area over the years for her many varied performances as part of the Harlequin Jugglers’ troupe and for the co-creation of the Quadra Island Juggle Fest which ran for three consecutive years and hosted approximately 80 jugglers each year from around North America, as well as hundreds of local audience members and workshop participants.

Appleton-Jones’ teaching style is personalized and encouraging. She has taught hundreds of people to juggle and guarantees you will finish off being more able than when you started. There will be ample opportunity to take it further in future classes if there is interest; such as advanced tricks, four balls, club juggling and passing between partners.

This group will be held at the Solace Studio, upstairs at 964 Shoppers Row in Campbell River from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings from March 17 to April 28. Cost is $120 per person, or $220 for 2, or $300 for families with 3-5 members. At least one participant over 16 must be present in each family. Please pre-register by calling Laura at 250-204-9566.

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