| Juggler juices up his perfomance
by Amy Keller, Staff Reporter
Friday, April 4, 1997
rings soared in the air 10 feet above his head Thursday night as
Corey Hoelker calmly juggled them in perfect syncopation.
The sophomore architecture student put on a juggling demonstration
and gave lessons in the College of Architecture third-floor "barn"
Thursday's event was sponsored by Alpha Rho Chi, the professional
architecture fraternity. Hoelker said he decided to do the demonstration
because the fraternity wanted to do a social project.
Hoelker, a 1993 silver-medal winner in the International Juggling
Association national convention in Fargo, N.D., awed more than 20
fellow architecture students who watched with rapt attention as
he showed his various juggling techniques.
He hurled tennis balls, matchboxes [cigarboxes], beanbags, pins
and rings through the air, as well as "the diabolo," an hourglass
shaped piece of wood balanced on a thin string.
Several of the tricks included Hoelker's roommate, Dan Dixon, who
also is a juggler. Dixon and Hoelker stood across the room from
each other and passed six pins back and forth throwing them under
their legs and spinning around between throws.
Dixon's cousin, Jeff Dixon, a junior in high school, was visiting
campus this week and also juggles. He joined Hoelker in his demonstration.
Although Jeff Dixon had met Hoelker just a day before, he said it
was easy to juggle together because jugglers use conventional rhythms.
Heolker said he taught himself to juggle from a book when he was
13, and performed in high school and middle school talent shows.
He also began attending IJA conventions and learning more tricks.
Each of the seven performers in national contests had to put together
a five-to-seven-minute routine to music.
I spent six hours working on my routine everyday. Now I haven't
practiced for six months," Hoelker said.
He also competed in the 1995 Flatland Juggling festival in the
Haymarket, where he won the show by the people's choice.
Hoelker said his favorite act is the "head roll," where he catches
a ball on the side of his head, rolls it behind his back, then repeats
it on the other side.
He also does routines with fire, but didn't do them on Thursday
night because he didn't have his torches with him, and usually limits
fire to outdoor performances.
After they performed, the jugglers offered lessons in juggling
to anyone interested.
Trevor Hull, a sophomore architecture major, was one of Hoelker's
earlier students he taught while working on architecture assignments.
Corey (Hoelker) kind of taught me while we were up here, and we'd
take a break from our projects."
Hoelker's impromptu performance will be followed by a performance
by a traveling juggling troupe, "The Passing Zone," at 9 p.m. April
11 in the Nebraska Union Crib.