I should start by saying I always wanted to know how to juggle, the key word being know as opposed to learn or practice.
The week leading up to the first annual Banff Children’s Festival here at the Centre a number of workshops were held at the Banff Elementary School ranging from hula hooping, to storytelling, to Flyin’ Bob. Alongside Mr. Shields’ grade six class I wanted to see Flyin’ Bob work his magic and teach the children circus skills. The plan was just to watch, meet Flyin’ Bob, and talk to the kids about their experiences.
But walking into the gym and hearing the catchy music and seeing the tables of scarves, feathers, balls, and sticks, ranging in colours from pink, purple, yellow, red, green, and blue laid out in front of me, I felt like I was in grade six myself. My curiosity piqued and I suddenly wanted to touch everything on the table and play. “Instead of watching,” Flyin’ Bob tells me, “if you really want to understand the process you’ll have to join in.”