Often my life feels like one big juggling act – work, family, social life, (non-existent) exercise routine, blogging – it seems like a “ball” is bound to drop from time to time. Maybe I could use some pointers from Nick Civitello and the Kansas City Juggling Club. Grab your balls (and hoops and yo-yos and flaming sticks) and find out what makes this group feel like a family.
What is the name of your group?
The Kansas City Juggling Club
What is your name and what is your role in Kansas City Juggling Club?
Nick Civitello, founding member
What is your group’s mission?
The mission of the KCJC is to “create a world of jugglers” and to redefine what it means to be a “juggler” by sharing our perspective on what it means to be “engaged in life.” There is juggling, of course, and yo-yos and spin tops, hula hooping, acro balance, lock picking and other general skillyness. It’s about learning to do something new and challenging while meeting like-minded individuals who are interested in sharing their passions.
We have (free) weekly meetings, do outings and have parties. Expect between 20 and 60 jugglers at our regular events. We also host an annual juggling convention, which includes a world-class juggling/variety show. Everybody is welcome, beginners included.
When was the group founded?
The group was founded almost ten years ago.
What made you want to join a Kansas City juggling club?
I have been part of this group since the beginning. When I was in college, I had a great time with my juggling club. They were like family and there was always an adventure to be had. When I moved to Kansas City with my wife, there was not an active juggling group… so we started one.
How big is the group?
Most weeks we have between 20 and 60 jugglers at our meetup. Sometimes it is as high as 70 or 80. Our annual festival brings in 200-300+ and our Facebook page has more than 700 members.
How often, and where do you meet?
We meet Wednesday nights from 6 to 8. Kansas City Young Audiences has generously donated space to us for many years. Starting in the new year we now meet in their new location at 3732 Main St.
What do you do at meetings/events?
Hang out and juggle!
What do you love about the group? What makes it unique?
This is a group of adventurers, artists, street performers, musicians and life-long learners. Super positive and supportive atmosphere, full of people pushing themselves to learn something new and challenging.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
We have an annual weekend long camp out. Picture a few dozen jugglers hanging out, eating and being merry — It’s even better than that!
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
We are slowly moving towards becoming a non-profit organization. We feel like we’ve figured a lot of things out and it’s time to start supporting other groups.
Where can someone find more information about your Kansas City juggling club?
What’s something you love about Kansas City?
It is a hidden gem of a huge, accepting creative scene.
Anything else you’d like to share?
It’s time you learn for to juggle. Come check us out!