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Buffalo Evaluation Summary

155 people completed the Buffalo Evaluation. There were two types of questions on the evaluation: questions requiring a rating (closed-ended questions) and narrative questions (open-ended questions). Due to the number and length of the narrative responses, and to insure confidentiality of the responders, the responses have been summarized.

Many people answered with short answers of 1-3 words. Some answered with lengthy paragraphs.

A number in parentheses following a response indicates the number of people who answered with the same, or like response. If there is no number following a response this means that only 1 person answered with that response.

  1. Festival registration
    1. How did you register?
    2. On the web (100 people answered with this response, or 65%)

      By mail (31) 20%

      By fax (2) 1.3%

      On-site at Buffalo (11) 7.1%

      Other (11) 7.1%

    3. Why did you choose this method?
    4. On the web:

        • convenient, speedy, easy, or simplest method (93)
        • could use Paypal
        • could view seminars and workshops then and there
        • user-friendly
        • general geekiness
        • cheap, cost effective
        • the internet is cool stuff
        • can do it on the move with PDA or cell phone
        • I beta-tested the site
        • fast confirmation of the registration
        • it let me get Skymiles
        • no postage required
        • my parents choice
        • secure payment
        • friend recommended it
        • could use Discover Card
        • too close to the deadline to register by mail
        • to avoid possible onsite lines
        • wanted to pre-register early to get the lowest possible price

      By mail:

        • convenient, easy or simplest method (10) 6%
        • the line is shorter for packet pick-up at fest
        • computer was down
        • doesnt have a computer at home with internet access
        • prefers monetary transactions off web
        • no credit card
        • with St. Ignatius
        • habit
        • wanted a copy of registration
        • prefers regular mail over email
        • same as I always do, I like the formality
        • easier to see and read than on-line registration form
        • responder does not have a credit card
        • I do not like PayPal
        • web site said unsecure
        • trouble navigating PayPal
        • could pay by credit card
        • costs more to use Paypal
        • used this method in the past successfully
        • senility
        • wanted to write a check instead of credit card
        • the extra cash required for PayPal matters to this person
        • filled out all the mail materials before realizing the registration was on the web
        • gave it to the registrar Jerry Martin

      By fax:

        • easiest method
        • timing

      On-site at Buffalo:

        • not sure if attending, so could not risk pre-registering (2)
        • risk of pre-registering and having a last minute change of plans
        • last minute choice to go (3)
        • other methods involved advanced planning
        • Im lazy or a slacker (3)
        • Did not see deadlines listed online

      Other:

      • special arrangements made (2)
      • someone else registering for me
      • registered at Groundhogs in Atlanta because it was there
      • gave it to Jerry Martin

    5. How could registration be improved next year?
      • Thought registration was fine or could not think of any improvements (56) 36% of responses
      • Room-sharing message board convenient
      • Make sure registrars address is prominently displayed on mailer (many were sent to the IJA PO box in Texas)
      • Registration table in Buffalo could have been better organized
      • Web page or form was too long (3)
      • Make the festival free (2)
      • The Comic Sans font was a little hard to read
      • People at the registration desk shouldnt ignore me so long
      • Make it a secured site
      • Volunteers at the registration table were too slow (2)
      • More volunteers needed at the registration table to speed things up (2)
      • I was in line less than a minute
      • Prefer a credit card over Paypal because there is usually an immediate acknowledgment of receiving the registration
      • Better confirmation that registration is successful (3)
      • Vendor details were not included in registration form until very late.
      • Pre-sell DVDs as part of the registration package
      • Provide an official confirmation number rather than just a vague email confirmation
      • More hotel rooms at festival price
      • Allow an area on the form for billing/payment addresses and member addresses that are separate (when one person is paying by credit card and multiple people are registered. This way Juggle Magazines and membership cards do not all go to the person who paid.
      • Wasnt aware that I didnt pay for, or need a Welcome Dinner meal ticket. It would have been nice if someone went through my packet and verified that that is what I wanted to buy, or not buy
      • Parts of our items were missing in our envelopes. Suggestion: a confirmation form for people to bring with them. (2)
      • Keep on-site registration in a quiet area rather than by video and DVD area.
      • Accept American Express
      • First had problems with Paypal, then after Paypal was no longer used, it worked fine.
      • Send an email link to web registration before sending snail mail materials.
      • Keep sending festival brochure
      • Clearer formsthink linear
      • I like the early discount
      • Cheaper
      • Kill the buttons (save $)
      • Registration volunteers should meet before the crowd arrives to discuss the flow.
      • Accept American Express.
      • Accept more than Paypal.
      • Encourage attendees to register by web.
      • Tie together member records to registration process for minimal entry information.
      • Be able to register earlier. More info earlier.
      • Paid by credit card in April, but the charge was not processed until a few days before the festival. If it had been processed sooner, IJA would have had the funds, and I would have been more comfortable that the registration had been received
      • Less back and forth page loading (2)
      • Be open longer on opening day

    6. What overall rating would you give the registration process for the Buffalo Festival? (1 to 10, with 1 meaning terrible and 10 meaning wonderful)
    7. 8.8

  2. The Buffalo Convention Center
    1. What did you like about the Buffalo Convention Center?
      • Lots of space (70)
      • Great workshop spaces (19)
      • Lighting good (18)
      • Close proximity to workshops, hotel, theater, Renegade (47)
      • Free wireless internet access (13)
      • Stage shows adjacent to gym (12)
      • High ceilings (33)
      • Nice stage area (5)
      • Good seating for the shows (2)
      • Good facility (7)
      • Location of IJA booth
      • Nice layout of events
      • Everything within walking distance (2)
      • Plenty of reasonably priced parking
      • Easy parking (2)
      • Temperature was good (11)
      • Liked that there was food available (8)
      • The best macaroni and cheese Ive ever had
      • Liked the TV and videos
      • Escalator
      • Liked the chairs (2)
      • Entry person at door
      • Easy access/layout (8)
      • Clean
      • Convenient/clean bathrooms (3)
      • Not much
      • Friendly Convention Center staff (6)
      • I could drive there (5)
      • Liked being downtown (3)
      • Central location (4)
      • Doesnt like center city conventions
      • Great city
      • Restaurants in the area (3)
      • Liked the Monday night dinner (2)
      • Cement floors for bouncing, or liked floors in general (12)
      • Proximity to Niagara Falls
      • Free water in coolers (6)
      • Short Skyway walk to Hyatt (2)
      • Lack of hassle by security
      • The Convention Center was great, the city was a dump
      • Felt safe leaving props in gym overnight

    2. What didnt you like about the Buffalo Convention Center?
      • Juggling space was too small (19)
      • Not enough restaurants (or food) close by or open long enough (16)
      • Concessions not open long enough (25)
      • A bigger range of food would have been nice (4)
      • Not close to a grocery store
      • Food and/or lodging expensive (3)
      • Didnt like the location (Buffalo) (6)
      • Not the best lighting (4)
      • Better signs to activities (2)
      • Poor seating in the juggling area.
      • Air currents in gym
      • Poor acoustics
      • Workshop space in the Hyatt far from gym (8)
      • Workshop rooms too small (3)
      • Workshop rooms too cold
      • Workshop rooms hard to find (2)
      • Workshop rooms had bad lighting for some things being learned
      • Workshops should be under one roof. (3)
      • Ceilings in the workshop rooms too low (4)
      • The concrete floor was hard/bad (22)
      • The floor was dirty (7)
      • Floor too cold (3)
      • All the stairs and the long distance around to get in.
      • Concessions people were surly and lazy
      • Noise levels were high
      • Would have been better to have both doors open
      • Needed an area for kids
      • St. Ignatius group was rude (poor manners: bumping into people, tossing clubs, etc)
      • Back entrance should have been open always to avoid lugging stuff so far
      • Sound system in the gym (2)
      • Not enough chairs or good seating/viewing for spectators (7)
      • Sometimes no drinking water (5)
      • Only one exit/entrance
      • Sometimes no parking
      • Expensive parking (7)
      • No clocks (2)
      • Parking too far away to haul gear
      • Too chilly inside (8)
      • A tad warm inside
      • I tried the wings.never again.
      • I saw the roof leaking.
      • Flash photos did not come out due to lighting
      • No bar (2)
      • The geometrically complex pattern of the ceiling a problem for tracking 7 balls.
      • Entry doors locked without rhyme or reason
      • Saturday exits bothersome due to wedding
      • The wedding
      • Hotel too expensive
      • Skywalk closed at night (2)
      • Long, twisty tunnels to the hotel
      • The hotel sold out too quickly (2)
      • Hotel not ideal for connecting to the internet
      • Did not like the location (Buffalo)
      • Buffalo was ugly and cold
      • I didnt feel safe in Buffalo (2)
      • Worry about possessions in my vehicle
      • No spot to look down from above the gym floor
      • The stage was poor/sucked. (5)
      • Poor seating in shows (7)
      • The lighting system was sub-par (2)
      • Couldnt bounce balls on the stage (2)
      • The AC was on so you couldnt juggle straight when onstage
      • Venue did not seem suitable for the Flying Karamozov Brothers
      • Have the competitions in Sheas
      • Food not allowed to be brought in to the Convention Center
      • No beer allowed in the shows
      • Dead downtown (7)
      • We couldnt use our secret passageway to the hotel

    3. How would you rate the Buffalo Convention Center?
    4. (1 to 10, with 1 meaning terrible and 10 meaning wonderful)

      7.6

  3. Workshops (including special Jay Gilligan workshop)
    1. What were your favorite workshops?
      • Matt Halls diabolo (2)
      • Cindy Marvells choreography (2)
      • Cindy Marvells 3-club (2)
      • Flying Karamazov Brothers (11)
      • Andrews social history of juggling (2)
      • Jay Gilligan (7)
      • Comedy writing (12)
      • Sean McKinney memorial (7)
      • Whips (2)
      • Globe walking (3)
      • Ball spinning (5)
      • Balloon making (4)
      • Hat manipulation (3)
      • Kendama (2)
      • Devil Stick
      • Advanced 1 diabolo (3)
      • Diabolo (2)
      • Advanced club passing
      • 5-balls (3)
      • Learn 5-balls with Dave Finnegan
      • 5 ball tricks
      • 5 balls with Matt Henry
      • ball bouncing
      • 3 ball multiplex (2)
      • Jackie Es 3-ball tricks
      • 3 ball workshops (2)
      • One-offs (2)
      • Magic
      • Club swinging
      • Club passing (16)
      • Club passing take-outs (2)
      • Beginners club passing (2)
      • Club passing substitutions
      • Club passing patterns with Lou
      • Club passing take-outs (2)
      • Left and right hand passing (2)
      • Frosts club passing (2)
      • Fire workshop
      • Prop balance (2)
      • Club balance
      • Greg Phillips movement (2)
      • Parasol
      • All were good (3)
      • My own
      • I taught two workshops and I thought they went well
      • The one I taught
      • Devil Sticks
      • Staff manipulation
      • Comedy routine
      • 3 club creativity
      • Just Mills Mess
      • Dan Holzman (3)
      • Matt Hall
      • Luke Burrage's workshops (9)
      • Lukes extreme 2-ball (9)
      • Contact juggling (4)
      • Lukes Friday presentation was super
      • Professional Development for Jugglers
      • Pirouette workshop with Dave (2)
      • Did not care for Cindy Marvells 5 ball workshop
      • Women in Juggling
      • Ethics in Juggling (2)
      • Scott Meltzer (2)
      • Cindy Marvell (3)
      • Dave Finnigan (4)
      • Laird/Barowski
      • DePalo
      • Matt hall
      • Poi
      • Cigar boxes (3)
      • Nick Flairs cigar box workshop
      • 2 diabolos (2)
      • Ball and can (5)
      • Dance for jugglers
      • 3 Ball master (4)
      • Passing madness
      • 3 ball tricks
      • Mad 5 passing
      • Multiplexing (3)
      • Eva Rittwegers 7 club 3-count passing,
      • Pick-ups in Everys passing
      • Rick Robinsons ball spinning
      • Starting a childrens juggling program
      • Advanced siteswap (2)
      • Volcano was so-so
      • Handstand and partner acrobatics (4)
      • Original partner ideas
      • Mark Douglas 4 and 5 ball synchronous siteswaps (3)
      • The Association of Christian Jugglers workshop
      • Juggle Magazine Starting a Club
      • Did not attend any workshops (17)

    2. Who were your favorite instructors?
      • Matt Hall (15)
      • Flying Karamazov Brothers (10)
      • The club passing instructors
      • Joe Ricci for the globe walking
      • Andrew Conway
      • Martin Frost
      • Jason Kollum (3)
      • No favorites
      • N/A (11)
      • Cindy Marvell (9)
      • Jackie Erickson (3)
      • Todd Strong (2)
      • Mark Douglas
      • Dave Davis (3)
      • Steve Salberg
      • Keith Nelson
      • Luke Burrage (17)
      • Dan Holzman (7)
      • Nick Flair the cigar box guy (3)
      • The comedy writing instructor (2)
      • Tim Furst
      • Greg Maldonado
      • Dan Bennett
      • Dont remember their names
      • Louis Kruk and Lee
      • Jade (2)
      • Jay Gilligan (5)
      • David Cain
      • Dave Finnegan (2)
      • Dave Walbridge (4)
      • Bounce
      • Mad 5
      • Rick Robinson
      • Scotty Meltzer (7)
      • Stanford Juggling Research Institute
      • Young lady from Germany. She was hot (2)
      • I liked them all (4)
      • The people that I met
      • Drewbob (Andy Howard), a perennial favorite (3)
      • Greg Phillips (5)
      • Too many to mention
      • D. Lyons (2)
      • You mean apart from me?
      • I was fond of me
      • Rick (ball spinning) (2)
      • Dave at the pirouette workshop
      • Person who taught beginning diabolo
      • Person who taught Just Mills Mess
      • Alan Howard

    3. What in particular did you like about the workshops this year?
      • Matt Hall was there (2)
      • Luke Burrages workshops were outstanding
      • Scheduling grid well-organized
      • Workshops well-organized/prepared (3)
      • Enjoyed the club passing workshops (3)
      • FKBs workshop was intimate/interactive
      • Excellent quality of instruction (9)
      • Enthusiastic instructors
      • Few time conflicts in schedule (3)
      • A fresh approach to some common props
      • Challenging
      • Creative
      • Everything
      • Good group sizes (2)
      • Lots at varied skill levels (6)
      • Variety (19)
      • Lots of workshops (6)
      • Some workshops should have been repeated
      • Fun (2)
      • The rooms were convenient for solo practice too.
      • So many people. (2)
      • Interaction with people
      • I learned a lot (3)
      • Dave Walbridge did a good job: professional and respectful (3)
      • No down-talkers
      • Would have preferred another special workshop instructor
      • Level of professionalism
      • Jays class improved my juggling
      • Close to the gym (6)
      • Great idea to have FKBs do a workshop
      • Did not start too early
      • Liked the printed schedule
      • Nice workshop spaces
      • Not intimidating
      • A bit overcrowded
      • Instructor used bad language for my 13 year old
      • They were finebusiness as usual
      • Likes the extra workshops to sign up for.
      • Price was nice
      • Good blend of new and seasoned instructors

    4. How could the workshops be improved next year?
      • Make sure Matt Hall is there
      • Publish an updated daily schedule of information (5)
      • Detailed descriptions should be available (in print and online), including skill level needed (10)
      • More space needed (8)
      • Keep them in the room they were assigned to
      • New instructors teaching unusual props (coins, Flair)
      • Start and end on time (3)
      • Higher ceilings (8)
      • Workshop across the street was inconvenient
      • Keep workshops under one roof (6)
      • Slow down in teaching stuff
      • Workshop titles were misleading or not descriptive (2)
      • Needed more variety (3)
      • Wanted handouts at workshops
      • Wanted 5 ball workshops focused on body moves
      • 4 ball Mills Mess
      • More dance and juggling
      • Better scheduling to avoid conflicts (2)
      • More diverse club passing workshops focusing on style
      • More structure in the workshops
      • Schedule posted outside of workshop rooms
      • Evaluation forms should be available (2)
      • Incoming instructors were impatient when workshops ran late
      • Special attention in scheduling some popular workshops, like Cindy Marvells
      • Move popular workshops to larger rooms (3)
      • Outdoor grassy area for some workshops, like whip-cracking
      • Some needed to go longer (3)
      • Repeat some workshops (6)
      • More! (5)
      • More workshops at varying levels (2)
      • More female visibility
      • Jays conflicted with other workshops
      • Keep whip-cracking isolatedits loud
      • Milk and cookies
      • List prerequisites for advanced workshops.
      • More time between workshops (15 minutes)
      • Some instructors had less skill than the people taking the workshop
      • Instructors should cover appropriate amounts of material.
      • No cursing by workshop instructors (2)
      • The schedule seemed sparse
      • Workshop instructors should be prepared
      • A workshop where performers could do 5 minutes of their show and get feedback
      • Avoid balloon sculpting
      • Instructors should teach, not just demonstrate.
      • Festival program with workshops
      • Workshop handouts on the web
      • More info online and available sooner
      • Origami workshop
      • Special 7 ball workshop
      • A hecklers workshop, like in Montreal

    5. How would you rate the workshops overall?
    6. 8.0

  4. Juniors Championships
    1. What did you like about the Juniors Championships this year?
      • My favorite
      • Cookies (11)
      • Quality of the jugglers (20)
      • Fun/Entertaining/great show (5)
      • Great competitors/performers (7)
      • My friend won
      • Great variety of performers (3)
      • That the competitors were international
      • The band
      • Artistic part of the winners routine (2)
      • Inspiring
      • Very good and well run/smooth pace (4)
      • The Japanese kid (4)
      • The kids improvising on stage during judges deliberation (14)
      • Good stage for the audience and close to the gym
      • Fair judging
      • Limiting the number of competitors
      • The host, Jerry Martin (9)
      • I like the Youth Showcase coupled with the Juniors Championships (2)
      • Takes courage
      • No vests (3)
      • Book an act while the judges are deliberating, like that champion fly fisherman in St. Louis.
      • Juniors were awesome (2)
      • Koumei Aoki
      • Wes Peden (2)
      • The 3 ball Japanese kid did not know about the Individual Prop Competition. We need to be more internationally friendly.
      • The IJA championships stink in general. Not a true measure of the best jugglers in the world.
      • Nothing remarkable

    2. How could they be improved next year?
      • Seating (2)
      • Earlier in the week
      • OK/Fine (6)
      • Separate from the Youth Showcase (7)
      • Keep with the Youth Showcase
      • Outlaw pirouettes
      • Long night with the Youth Showcase and then Juniors.
      • Publish scores
      • A more theatrical, better theater/venue (5)
      • No Jugheads
      • Contestants should know the judging criteria
      • N/A (5)
      • If my son participates
      • Make Lana 16 again
      • Better competitors
      • More diverse competitors
      • Hold them with the other competitions on Thursday (2)
      • Judging which rewards creativity and audience response (2)
      • Abolish them
      • Bleachers not comfortable
      • Dont have the Juniors on a stage built of Lincoln Logs
      • Prelims should restrict more acts
      • More women
      • Perhaps a juniors team competition (3)
      • Feedback from the judges (comment from a junior competitor in the prelims)
      • Penalization for copyrighted music
      • Too long
      • Use a real stage for ball bouncing
      • Shorter Youth Showcase, longer juniors
      • Bring back Wes Peden
      • Did not care for the emcee
      • Liked the mild and cookies
      • Music too loud
      • State the judging criteria (4)
      • Points for originality/creativity (2)
      • Japanese guy should have gotten a medal (2)
      • Points for well-constructed acts
      • Improve the criteria with compulsories
      • Get rid of the weaker acts by having some type of pre-contest to choose who performs.
      • Share the stage if competitors come back on stage after competing
      • Start earlier
      • Intros should come before the acts, not after
      • Perhaps interspersing them with the Youth Showcase
      • More prize money
      • Repeat the informal entertainment by competitors during judging deliberations
      • Judging could be improved
      • No vests
      • Entertainment when the judges are deliberating (4)
      • The names of who will present should be posted or something
      • Too much chatter in between acts

    3. How would you rate the Juniors Championships?
    4. 8.2

  5. Individuals and Teams Championships
    1. What did you like about the Individuals and Teams Championships this year?
      • Both were great (9)
      • Good format: individualteamindividual (5)
      • Good competitors/talent (34)
      • Judging didnt take forever
      • Good judging (4)
      • Variety (10)
      • Stage and lighting better than anticipated
      • Ran well/they moved at a good pace (7)
      • Fun/creative/entertaining (5)
      • The MC (6)
      • Good lighting for the jugglers
      • Ice cream (9)
      • Liked that the audience cheered on the competitors
      • Give awards during the judges deliberation
      • Vova and Olga (3)
      • Emile Carey (4)
      • Emile got robbed
      • Emile should be invited to be Cascade of Stars in some future year.
      • Perpetual Motion (3)
      • Thomas Dietz
      • Liked the international representation (5)
      • The band
      • The worst act was still quite good
      • Olgas dress
      • I liked the close proximity to the gym. (2)

    2. How could they be improved next year?
      • Seating (5)
      • Sorry the Japanese diabolo guy went home without some recognition
      • Higher standards for competitors
      • Post judges scores (5)
      • Judging took too long. (2)
      • Let audience applause count for something.
      • Make sure the judges are clear about the rules/judging criteria (3)
      • Competitors should be penalized for using copyrighted music.
      • More women involved
      • The emphasis on technical juggling has a negative impact on the overall artistry of the routines. (3)
      • A bit long this year (3)
      • Move it to Friday
      • Fair judging
      • Disagreed with judges
      • Judging system needs improvement/changing (2)
      • Explain judging system to audience/members (4)
      • Stage was not good for ball bouncing. Some competitors had to drop out.
      • Host needed help filling down time
      • N/A (9)
      • Confusing to watch solos, then teams alternating (3)
      • A better theater/stage/sound and lighting (11)
      • Awards too long (2)
      • MC was not that funny
      • More teams
      • Team one night, individuals on another night. Too long (2)
      • Rules were bent this year and it was not appreciated by the competitors. Arthurs rules were not followed. (2)
      • Honor the art more.
      • They should go onstage while the judges deliberate, like the juniors did.
      • Abolish them
      • More emphasis on creativity (4)
      • Peoples choice award voted on at time of competition
      • Description of what the IJA is looking for in a winner (2)
      • Did not like competitors wearing WJF t-shirts. Maybe, like the early Olympics, everyone should juggle in the buff.
      • Keep encouraging more international jugglers.
      • Competitors should be disqualified for mounting the judging table. It is a stage act competition.
      • Olgas dress
      • Music was too loud
      • Remind competitors of the 60/40 split in judging so we are entertained while watching juggling tricks. (3)
      • While judges are out, let us feel free to move about, go to the bathroom, get a drink. It is OK if there is nothing to do after such an intense night
      • Get some Las Vegas acts to compete
      • Dont ever make people do a standard set of tricks in their routine, that would ruin juggling.
      • Award based on the highest level of skill
      • Ban techno and swing music
      • Greater variety in the skills used
      • Stronger individuals
      • I want to be there when theyre better.
      • Too much volunteer recognition. Can we publish volunteers somewhere without announcing it over and over?
      • Dialogue in the middle worked well.
      • No oldies rock and roll medley.

    3. How would you rate the Individuals and Teams Championships?
    4. 8.4

  6. Youth Showcase
    1. What did you like about the Youth Showcase this year?
      • The number of individuals who showcased
      • Enjoyed it/fun/entertaining (19
      • Good to integrate with Youth Championships
      • Did not attend (31)
      • Performance opportunity for kids (5
      • Love seeing kids get involved (8)
      • High caliber performances (4
      • They are getting better
      • The musical acts with juggling
      • The numbers bit went on too long
      • David Groth does an excellent job
      • Well put-together (3
      • Relaxed atmosphere
      • The Swing Sisters
      • Riley Wiklund
      • There were girls
      • Nels Cremean
      • Start time earlier
      • Rehearsing the finale first was smart.
      • The post-showcase meeting worked well
      • Liked the variety of the emcees (5
      • The kids give their all to a 3-ball cascade
      • The kid who blew bubbles
      • The kid with the trombone
      • Cookies
      • Wide variety of kids from all over the US (2)

    2. How could it be improved next year?
      • Better seating
      • Shorter show overall (23)
      • Limit number of times certain kids are onstage (14)
      • Edit performances, many were too long like the numbers act. (7)
      • Fewer acts (2)
      • N/A or not sure
      • More international kids
      • Liked the intros
      • Better mic
      • Keep it the same
      • Should not be right before Juniors
      • Hold it during the afternoon
      • Hold it on a different night
      • Take out non-juggling acts (2)
      • Get rid of the $500 prize money (2)
      • A cash prize is shameful
      • Adults should not be performing on stage during the youth showcase
      • Adults should perform too.
      • More women involved
      • Too much repetition from juniors championships
      • Have a dress rehearsal, not enough preparation time (2)
      • Have an adult emcee to keep it moving along
      • I will be talking by kids into getting involved next year.
      • Start later in the evening
      • More stuff
      • Post youth showcase meeting was excellent
      • This should be a free show
      • Encourage all kids of all skill levels to perform (2)
      • Kids in the Juniors Championships should not be in the Youth Showcase
      • More kids who are working without the benefit of a club structure.
      • Who chooses the Most Inspirational anyway?
      • Improve the level of skill needed to get in the Youth Showcase

    3. How would you rate the Youth Showcase?
    4. 7.1

  7. Cascade of Stars
    1. What did you like about the Cascade of Stars this year?
      • Great venue (38)
      • It was great/entertaining show (19)
      • Great acts/performers (14)
      • Acts were varied (18)
      • Fun atmosphere (2)
      • Location of theater (4)
      • Fair show
      • Band was awesome (4)
      • Vova and Olga (10)
      • Thomas Dietz (4)
      • Matt Hall (2)
      • FKB (8)
      • Matt Henry
      • Allowing balloons in the theater
      • Nicolas Flair (4)
      • Liked watching the winning acts again (2)
      • Good length (5)
      • Very international
      • Plenty of seats
      • Michael Rosman: great emcee (7)
      • Liked Jay Gilligans artistic bit (3)
      • Acts not as spectacular as last year (2)
      • Scotty Meltzer did great
      • Olgas dress
      • Liked seeing performers who did not compete
      • Jason Garfields vacation?
      • Guy on the rola-bolas
      • Why was the Junior Champion not asked to perform?

    2. How could it be improved next year?
      • It cant be better/wow, how could it be better? (6)
      • More winners participating
      • Publicity to get locals there
      • Some technical glitches with sound, lights and the curtain
      • More good performers, like in Reno
      • Open the doors sooner or reward the people who show up early
      • Pre-show music needed more variety
      • Needs more variety (2)
      • Professional acts instead of amateurs (3)
      • Better host
      • The juniors champion did not perform
      • A few weak acts (2)
      • Avoid a union house (stage time for practice was limited)
      • Dont have (boring) clowns (2)
      • Winner should wear an outfit (2)
      • Did not like Jay Gilligans act
      • Needs better acts (6)
      • Too ordinary (2)
      • Winners should not repeat their championships routines (8)
      • Curious about feedback from the general public about the show
      • More women
      • Move it to Saturday
      • Sound engineers did not start music on cue (7)
      • Wanted comedy jugglers funny to jugglers, not to mainstream audience
      • The show did not have a logical flow. It was choppy.
      • A special guest/act strong enough to close the show (3)
      • Sell the show
      • Stop unmiked performers from speaking
      • Did not like the political statement made with performers costumes
      • WJF t-shirts should not be worn.
      • The closer was anticlimatic
      • Kind of poor (2)
      • Lower the price on Reeses for crying out loud.
      • Reno was better
      • Reduce the number of acts
      • Increase the number of acts
      • Acts that havent appeared during the week (4)
      • "Inside jokes" or IJA references may not work for the non-juggling public
      • The FKB should have stopped after they missed the club passing trick three times
      • Womens showcase
      • Charge less and make a huge marketing attempt
      • Show was geared towards a non-juggling audience, but mostly jugglers were present
      • Program was confusing (no bios, fake names)
      • Wanted a few non-juggling variety acts
      • Performers doing different types of manipulation

    3. How would you rate the Cascade of Stars?
    4. 8.1

  8. Guest artist
    1. This year the Flying Karamazov Brothers were our guest artists. What other guest performers would be like to see attend future festivals?

      • Viktor Kee (5)
      • Anthony Gatto (9)
      • Michael Davis (3)
      • Footbag jugglers
      • More teams (2)
      • Penn and Teller (4)
      • FKB again (2)
      • Toby Walker (3)
      • Chin Brothers (2)
      • J-F
      • Denis Palmier (3)
      • Stefan Singh
      • Passing Zone (7)
      • Leo Bassi
      • Jango Edwards
      • Tony Duncan
      • Negative comments about the FKBs (3)
      • Maxim Komaro (2)
      • Malte Steinmetz
      • Gregor Kiock
      • Ville Walo (3)
      • Mario Barousek
      • Ben Jennings (2)
      • Jon Gilky
      • Mike Fahe
      • Gandini Juggling Project (3)
      • Lukaluka (2)
      • Ben Smalls
      • Circus Oz
      • Cirque Eloize
      • Lazer Vaudeville (3)
      • Peapot Live
      • Matias Salmenaho
      • Vincent de Lavenere
      • Tony Frebourg
      • Jochen Schell
      • Cie Festibal
      • Doubble Troubble (2)
      • Michael Moschen (6)
      • Michael Menes (2)
      • Chinese acrobats
      • Raspyni Brothers (2)
      • Lelavision
      • Thomas Kubineck
      • Francoise Rochais
      • Gena Shvartzman
      • Cirque du Soliel jugglers (2)
      • Edward Jackman
      • Matthew Lauziere
      • Boehmer family
      • Le Grand David
      • Rhys Thomas
      • Frank Olivier
      • Airjazz (2)
      • Avner
      • Jay Gilligan (3)
      • Circus Ruska
      • FKB should have gotten the Historical Achievement award, not the Award of Excellence
      • Michael Goudeau
      • Dew Drop Jugglers
      • Flaming Idiots (2)
      • Jonathan Brady
      • Sergei Ignatov (2)
      • Harlem Globetrotters
      • Albert Lucas (2)
      • Jason Garfield (2)
      • Dick Franco
      • Gizmo Guys
      • Perpetual Motion
      • Olga and Vova (2)
      • Jason and Matt Tardy
      • Mark Nizer
      • Bill Irwin
      • Bob Nickerson
      • Stephen Gruss
      • Jamie Adkins
      • Daredevil Opera Company
      • Michael Rosman
      • Wally Eastwood
      • Vladik
      • Sorin Montineau
      • Bilauer
      • Johnny Fox
      • Robert Nelson
      • Steve Martin
      • Alegria Hula hoop artist
      • Montego
      • Rudi Horn
      • Alexander Kiss
      • Lottie Brunn

  9. Any comments or questions about:
    1. Monday Night Dinner and Welcome Show?
      • Great show (33)
      • Great idea (28)
      • Should be held every year/do it again (14)
      • Great way to start the week (10)
      • All the acts were super/great line up (5)
      • Food was good (10)
      • The food was poor
      • Food was average
      • Portions should have been bigger
      • Nice to have the international people recognized
      • Excellent addition/loved it/great (8)
      • Great low price (7)
      • Female performer would have been nice
      • Liked having a local performer
      • Great job by Nels Cremean (5)
      • Loved Luke Burrage (2)
      • Jack Kalvin was highlight
      • Visibility was poor from the back
      • Fun (11)
      • Good variety
      • Optional
      • Acts should have been a little shorter
      • Performance sightlines were a bit strange
      • The gravy/sauce left a bit to be desired (2)
      • Should have had a higher ceiling (4)
      • Can we start paying acts?
      • I liked seeing comedy instead of just technical juggling
      • A few extra meatballs would have been nice
      • Didnt sign up. Heard from others not impressed
      • Should have been done on the Youth Showcase stage
      • Not a good time to do thank-yous
      • Not clear if this was part of the festival, or a pre-fest party
      • Performance space was a little sketchy, but it lent itself to humour
      • Save some dinners for late arrivals who already paid

    2. Joggling?
      • Too early (3)
      • Didnt go (34)
      • Best in Meet award not well thought out
      • More thought should be put into scoring system
      • Medals should not be given based on how many events you competed it.
      • Would love to try it one year
      • Good athletes
      • Hot and humid
      • Make it shorter (2)
      • Speed things up (2)
      • Scheduling conflict with juniors competitors (2)
      • All medals are better than ribbons
      • More women
      • It wasnt easy to findin fact, I couldnt find it at all.
      • I hope to join next year
      • Worthwhile and fun
      • Great idea
      • A venue closer to the gym would be helpful (2)
      • I suggest a new entry, the 4 X 100 clydesdale relay so the big fellas can compete
      • Use different medals for awards
      • Joggling should be hyped
      • Needs to be more organized (2)
      • Slept in. Pooh.
      • I want to see next year!
      • More competitors

    3. The Individual Prop Competition?
      • Good job/great event/enjoyed it/cool (18)
      • More judges with performance credentials
      • Annouce itattendance was poor/it should have gotten more attention (9)
      • Shows promise (2)
      • Great idea (10)
      • Enjoyed it (4)
      • Didnt see it /NA (17)
      • Performers dont have grasp of juggling with music as opposed to juggling while the music is playing
      • Should be included in its entirety on IJA video
      • More detailed info on judging criteria (4)
      • 2-minute time limit is brutal
      • Rules say there should be as many self-invented tricks as possible, but the judging doesnt always reward that.
      • Maybe held in the gym to attract more interest, maybe not
      • I thought Cindys juggling was beautiful as always, I thought shed score better (2)
      • Need more women involved
      • I couldnt find where it was happening
      • Some people seemed to be goofing off, some had it totally rehearsed.
      • Add rings
      • Add devil sticks
      • No stopwatch was used
      • Still working on what this is/how it fits it
      • Diabolo High Toss was a joke
      • Not crazy about the MC
      • Maybe make it an evening thing
      • I dont think everyone who enters understands the rules.
      • I dont think people should be allowed to enter it more than once (teams and solo)
      • Using the stage was good (2)
      • Awesome head-to-head challenge
      • Prelims may be needed
      • WJF t-shirts should not be allowed on stage since they were not accessible to the entire juggling public

    4. The IJA Auction?
      • Loved it/great/cool (12)
      • It runs into Numbers: have it on a separate day
      • Dont send the money to a dedicated fund
      • More collector items needed
      • No order to items being sold
      • Missed Bradys enthusiasm in getting the highest price for every item.
      • Auctioneer was good. (2)
      • I wanted the Francis Brunn booklet
      • Thanks to Viveca
      • Too much stuff (2)
      • Argh
      • Well run (2)
      • Distracting environment (2)

    5. The Numbers Competition?
      • Missed it (21)
      • Always fun/amazing/cool (15)
      • Ben is well organized, fair, knows the rules and historical records.
      • Perhaps an informational page could be available to explain judging, etc.
      • Not interested, but I love the concentration of contestants
      • Shaker cups are a distractiontoo loud.
      • What about a plates category?
      • More women involved.
      • Ben puts in a tremendous amount of work into this.
      • Didnt get showcased enough.
      • Control the AC, as it effects rings (2)
      • Creativity means more to me
      • Could use a nicer venue
      • Needs a big timing clock
      • Yawn/boring (3)
      • Maybe earlier in the week
      • Fewer people are enteringwhy?
      • You cant gut instinct the highest diabolo competition
      • Ben needs to be compensated
      • Moved to another area of the gym to help the concentration of the competitors
      • Inadequate seating for spectators
      • A lot of objects in the air.

    6. The Games?
      • Great/Fun (28)
      • What happened to club gathering? (3)
      • Why werent 5 club endurance and blind 3 ball included?
      • Liked the little prizes this year
      • I like to see new games incorporated year to year
      • Team combat was great! (The last two players should duke it out in the public show) (3)
      • The game times moved around. Going by the schedule, you might miss something
      • Missed them (15)
      • "Showtime"was weak
      • A quicker pace
      • Need more women involved. I was told by two men I should partner with another women. It got me angry.
      • More games (2)
      • Should this be spread out over two days?
      • More space was needed
      • It was a little too close to a high-traffic area (registration)
      • Luke was great at Simon Says
      • The limiting of endurance was kinda sad.
      • Too long and boring
      • Allow more time for this.
      • During "Showtime" people should be miked if doing a mainly spoken act.
      • More intermediate level jugglers

  10. Did the Buffalo festival run smoothly for you?
    1. Yes, because:
      • Yes, all the hard work of the Festival Director and IJA staff volunteers (12)
      • Well organized (28)
      • Great shows (2)
      • No lines (2)
      • Great value (6)
      • Everything fell into place (3)
      • Enjoyed every minute of it/great time (5)
      • The copy machine was a glorious success
      • Everyone was so helpful, friendly, prepared ()
      • Location/everything within walking distance (22)
      • Convention center staff was very nice
      • Sandy Brown did a great job (2)
      • Saw the IJA Welcome sign at the airport
      • The IJA is like family to me, and the family is not perfect. You have to find the good stuff in what is there. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
      • Positive energy this year/good atmosphere (6)
      • The best yet/grand/fun (6)
      • The free food tickets to the outdoor concert were nice
      • Everything on time (2)
      • Loved the ball bouncing cage
      • Reno was overcrowded by comparison
      • Made new friends (5)
      • Hung out with old friends (4)
      • Learned new skills (4)
      • Registration was easy/smooth (6)
      • Free shuttle from the Doubletree tot he convention center and back
      • Loved the cookies and ice cream (2)
      • Kudos to Sandy/her energy (1)
      • I parked on the street without paying the meters and never got a single ticket!
      • A grocery store close by would have been nice
      • The schedule was filled (2)
      • The local people were friendly
      • Did not like Buffalo
      • You need more people, better food, booze and a choice of eventsmake stuff clash on purpose so people dont automatically troop off to whatever event or show is happening at the moment. Force them to think, make choices.
      • Free wireless access was great
      • Stayed at the youth hostel which turned out to be one of the best parts of the fest.
      • Did not care for the FKBs.
      • Having the workshop schedule online beforehand was helpful
      • Air conditioning
      • Yes, because I am cool
      • Lotsa workshops
      • I didnt lose or forget anything
      • I didnt get injured
      • Felt OK about the kids (aged 14) run around unsupervised

    2. No, because:
      • Finding a place to eat was difficult (7)
      • Rule about not bringing food into the gym was unfriendly
      • More detailed descriptions of workshops
      • Dinner tickets were not in my packet
      • On-site registration was slow.
      • Lack of printed materials
      • Buffalo was not the most friendly city
      • Dirty floors
      • Concrete floors
      • I should have stayed in the Hyatt for convenience
      • Locked doors were problematic
      • The IJA needs to take action against rainfall.
      • A workshop instructor got angry because all the workshops were running late and he wanted his to start on time but his room was occupied.
      • Last minute accommodations were tricky
      • Didnt feel safe walking around solo at night (2)
      • Weather could have been better (2)
      • Bad stage for ball bouncing
      • Lack of hotel rooms (3)
      • Volunteered too much
      • Too much good stuff to do and too little time
      • Ate too much Kit Summers salsa
      • Sandy Brown was rude and disrespectful towards me
      • Lafayette Hotel stunk
      • Hyatt was incompetent
      • Got off to a bad start with the Hyatt
      • The web site wasnt well organized
      • Merchants in Buffalo didnt seem prepared for the extra volume of people in town.

    3. How would you rate the festival as a whole?
    4. 8.7

  11. Any additional comments or suggestions?
    • Room sharing message board was convenient
    • One of the best festivals in the past decade/great festival (2)
    • Kids on scooters, bikes should be reined in so they dont get clobbered by a club
    • More interesting location.
    • Dude! php and w3c standards labels! I hope it works fine on Opera 7.11.
    • The Renegade venue was good
    • Great job by Sandy and all the volunteers/thanks (32)
    • Great price
    • Lack of place to get a beverage
    • Ice cream and cookies (8)
    • Keep the festivals on the east coast
    • Loved the vendors
    • Enjoyed Renegade (3)
    • Have it here in Buffalo again (2)
    • Wanted a program booklet (3)
    • Workshop information page was vague and difficult to read
    • Major competition judging overhauls
    • More effort put into making computers available and free internet access
    • Wanted an open stage show during the day (2)
    • Wanted more than one free night without a show
    • Wanted to be allowed to bring food and drinks into the gym
    • For future conventions it would be well worth putting in the planning to make mats available.
    • Get a monitor for judges to use for instant review when making final decisions
    • Wanted workshops for kids
    • Get a better t-shirt design
    • Let us save seats for the evening shows please
    • Amateur convention, "on the cheap", not worthy of the IJA
    • Very happy to get back to the annual convention
    • More fast food restaurants close by
    • Laminated badge with photo instead of annoying bracelet
    • EVERYONE I talked to is unhappy about next years location
    • The band was great.
    • Move competitions to Thur-Fri and show Sat. Cant afford a week vacation
    • Best week of my life (2)
    • I felt like my stuff was totally safe in the gym.
    • A festival on the west coast, Canada, or other country
    • Full value festival at a discount price (2)
    • We are on the right path
    • Id say the organization has really come through for all of us.
    • Needed milk with the cookies
    • Did not like the political jokes during the FKB show
    • Saw anti-Bush t-shirts and heard more swearingwhere is the family atmosphere?
    • Im impressed with what you all have achieved. The change in IJA direction is a move for the better.
    • Great that there wasnt any controversy this year
    • Do daily mini-booklets with the schedule etc.
    • First festivalit wont be my last
    • Maybe a family registration for families of four or more
    • Ask Bob Cates to do his plate spinning act while the judges deliberate
    • Did not like Buffalo, NY (2)
    • A bar onsite is essential
    • An event focused on teaching juggling to the local people, an "open gym day". This will leave a flood of new jugglers
    • Better security.
    • Volunteers should meet in advance to make sure they know answers to questions
    • Lodging: lots of options this year. I stayed in the hostel and it was excellent. 2)
    • The emcees did a great job, very professional
    • Would like to see a competition of "average" jugglers, someone who does not make a full time living from juggling
    • Thanks for making the time and space for the Sean McKinney memorial (2)
    • Thanks for asking for this questionnaire input
    • We were hurt by not having a theater on Friday night.
    • No need to bring the registration price down further
    • Pay performers
    • The Festival Director should eventually become a paid part-time job
    • How can we volunteer in advance for specific roles in next years festival?
    • Useful to have a designated quiet room to relax, stretch.
    • Need convenient camping.
    • Good press coverage for the festival itself, but the local advertising for the Cascade of Stars was lacking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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