You may have seen them at one of the LEO EXP Fests or even at the recent Seaver Talent Show, but what actually is Juggler's Unite and what do they do? Simply put, Jugglers Unite is a registered student organization that is open to members of all experience levels.
The club was founded by senior electrical engineering major Fosse Lin-Bianco to create a community of juggling enthusiasts and circus arts practitioners.
“I come from a circus arts background,” said Lin-Bianco. “I grew up in a circus community, and so when I came to LMU, that’s something that I wanted to bring to campus because I felt like that was a part of me that I wanted to share, so I created Jugglers Unite to share my passion for circus arts.”
However, prior experience is not needed to join the community of jugglers. In fact, many members of their current e-board started to learn juggling after joining the club.
Maddie Louis, a senior computer science major and the social media manager of Jugglers Unite, started in the club with no experience. “I started to learn around [freshman year] and I would say I got to the point where I could do it consistently maybe around a year ago, said Louis. “It took me a while but I was having fun on the journey.”
Robyn Wilkinson, sophomore theatre arts major and vice president of Jugglers Unite, also started in the club her freshman year with no prior experience. “I did not know how to juggle before, but I was really excited. It’s fun. It’s only an hour a week, and it’s a good time, and it’s impressive. You throw three balls and people are like losing [their] minds.”
The e-board shared four tips with me on how to improve (or start learning) juggling.
Tip One: Come to Jugglers Unite!
The club will help you get started with the basics and also provide live feedback during meetings to get you started on your juggling journey.
Tip Two: Juggle with anything (you don’t need fancy equipment to get started).
Watch a tutorial made by Lin-Bianco on how you could make your own juggling balls here.
Tip Three: Start incrementally.
You start by throwing one ball over in a rainbow pattern. Start with one ball and then we move on to two balls in a "throw-throw, catch-catch" rhythm. Then, move on to three, focusing on the catches in a rhythmic pattern.
Tip Four: Just keep trying.
"I would say a good tip is to just keep trying. For so long, you won't be able to do it ... just keep going and eventually it'll click and you'll get there," said Wilkinson.
The club meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Zoom.
Follow Jugglers Unite on Instagram (@jugglersunite) for more information.
View Jugglers Unite's former performances and additional videos here.