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on an elementary level
and other circus arts have been a part of the physical education
program at the Oak View Elementary School in Oakview, VA, for the past
14 years. Jim Moyer, physical education instructor, teaches a special
"exhibitional activities" club in which students learn and
perform those skills.
just gone over the 1,000 mark in performances," Moyer said
proudly. He was inspired to begin the program from by his own physical
education instructor at the University of Virginia during his college
years. "We've been on PM Magazine TV shows, Kidsworld,
done parades and ACC basketball halftime shows. The total show
includes rolling globe, unicycling, stilt walking, acrobatics, German
gym wheel, juggling and contortion."
total of 60 students participate. But all students at Oakview are
encouraged to learn juggling in their phys ed classes beginning in the
third grade. A visit to the school by Dave Finnigan, "Professor
Confidence" from Juggle Bug, stirred a lot of enthusiasm in the
student body last year.
said, "I think it's important to teach them all the basics of
three object juggling for their handeye coordination and the pure
enjoyment of it. I also think it gives them a feeling of
accomplishment and helps them feel good about themselves. ,.
few, like Scott Mean, have learned five balls and want to attend the
IJA's Santa Barbara convention. Joel Dempsey, the national unicycle
champ in trick riding in 1980, is also an enthusiastic juggler at Oak
The daily after-school practices wear you down after 14 years, Moyer said, but he's not giving it up yet. "When I see them progress, and when they all stand up and clap for me at performances, then I know it's worthwhile," he concluded.