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Students express themselves through juggling and flow art

Students express themselves through juggling and flow art

April 16
22:26 2013

Audra Stamp / Staff Writer

The juggling and flow arts club is new to UNT this spring semester, but the dedicated members use the time to express their feelings through their own form of art. The club consists of multiple activities, including juggling, poi, hula-hoops, uni-cycling, staff spinning and flower sticks.

“Poi is my personal favorite,” said president and radio, television and film senior Chelsea Rachel. “I love to express myself with it, and if I hear a good song then I just want to get up and spin poi.”

Poi consists of swinging and spinning a ball attached to an arm-length’s cord. Some members know the basics of juggling, some unicycle and others hula-hoop.

Flow arts, which is established in a state of optimal experience that occurs when the body, mind and spirit are in dynamic balance according to Flow Temple, is another aspect of the group. Some members perform with flower sticks, which involves two drumsticks held in each hand and a third baton with a tassel at each end that is maneuvered between the sticks.

“It was inspiring, especially after the first day I learned how to juggle three balls,” computer engineering sophomore Vernon Watson said.

Rachel Rachel, Chelsea’s sister, posed the idea to start the club, which now consists of 13 consistent members. Their father was a juggler and their mother started her own business, Clowning Around, consisting of balloon artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns, so they were exposed to the arts at a young age.

Juggling and flow arts are a great way to express emotion, but are also good exercise, especially juggling, Chelsea Rachel said. All of the activities involve a lot of hand-eye coordination, which helps the members train their brains and focus on a task.

The $10 membership fee helps pay for food and other materials, but they get thrifty with their equipment. Many of their props are donated or made out of recyclables like balloons, sand, empty Coke bottles and tennis balls.

The club has brought in performers like world record juggler, David Slick.

“The teenage and college-age are probably one of my favorite audiences to perform for because they are not easily satisfied,” Slick said. “I pushed myself a little harder because I really wanted to impress them.”

The club meets every Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Environmental Science Building, room 115. The group is open to all, and it will have its first official performance at the UPC Talent Showcase on April 25.

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