July 2016 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 7:30. For this month’s educational topic is Dancing. Come learn popular dances for kids that are commonly played at parties.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to participate in the City of Fairfax 4th of July Parade. JCA is paid for participating in the parade. We were awarded for being the best clowns in the parade.

Just Clowning Around at the City of Fairfax Independence Day

Just Clowning Around at the City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade on July 4th, 2016

Education is an important event at each Alley meeting. This includes presentation, hands on sessions, and group discussion on topics related to being a clown and entertainer. JCA is a club where we all come together each month to share and learn from each other. New members are always welcome at any of our monthly meeting. The following are the currently proposed educational topics for the coming year. Schedule subject to change. We are working on the educational calendar for 2016, if you have a topic you would like to present or learn more about, please let us know.

The following are the currently proposed educational topics for the coming year. Schedule subject to change. We are working on the educational calendar for 2016, if you have a topic you would like to present or learn more about, please let us know.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, July 25, 2016 — Learn How to Dance… like a clown
Monday, August 22, 2016 —
Monday, September 26, 2016 —
Monday, October 24, 2016 — Annual Picnic
Monday, November 28, 2016 —
Monday, December ??, 2016 — Holiday Party


JCA Monthly Meetings
4th Monday of each month at 7:30 pm
Vienna Baptist Church
541 Marshall Rd SW
Vienna, VA 22180

Take I-66 to the Nutley Street exit heading north toward Vienna. Turn right at the first light onto Marshall Road. Drive approximately one-quarter mile to Ware Street and turn left. We meet in the Parlor. The door that is usually unlocked is around towards the back of the building.

Several members meet at the PanAm Family Restaurant in Vienna around 6:00 pm for dinner before the monthly JCA meeting. Sometimes, we even pull out our balloons for a mini jam during dinner.

PanAm Family Restaurant
3051 Nutley St.
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Do you have clown news to share via the news updates or newsletters? Send your ideas and news to Sir Toony at SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

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Requests for Clowns – Local Events and Parades

If you are interested in marching in one of the upcoming local parades, contact Sir Toony at SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

NOTE: Since January 2013, we have required that all members have their makeup and costumes reviewed and critiqued before they may represent JCA at events as a clown. Clowns must also have paid their annual dues to both JCA and COAI to participate in events. Clowns from neighboring clown alleys are welcome to join JCA in parades without being required to pay dues to JCA.


Our next parade is the Vienna Halloween Parade

Vienna Halloween Parade – Pending
Jive Back to the 1940s
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
7 p.m.
Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA

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Brandy Station Vol. Fire Dept. is looking for clowns to participate in their parade on Thursday, July 28th.

The Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday July 28th 2016. This year’s parade will form on State Route 685 (Fleetwood Heights Road) this is north of the fair grounds. Parade entries will be given lineup locations as they enter Route 676 (Beverly Ford Road) near Elkwood. Parade line-up will begin one hour prior to the commencement of the parade.

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Dance Jokes

Q: Where did the hamburger go to dance?
A: At the Meat ball

Q: How many dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Five!…Six!…Seven!…Eight!

Q: What is your car’s favorite dance?
A: The brake dance.

Q: Where do fortune tellers dance?
A: At the crystal ball.

Q: Where is the best place to dance in California?
A: San Fran Disco

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Upcoming Clown Events

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 26 – 31, 2016
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313

International Clown Week
August 1-7 of every year

Whereas clowns have long been known as ambassadors of joy and good will and bring happiness to both joy and good will and bring happiness both to children and adults and

Where as: In recognition to the charitable activities of clowns and the wholesome entertainment they provide for all of our citizens: “International Clown Week” has been proclaimed for the week of August 1 thru August 7, and Now there for we proclaim the week of August 1 thru 7 “International Clown Week.”

KIDabara Annual Conference
August 8-12, 2016
Music Road Inn Complex
Pigeon Forge, TN

Mid-Atlantic Clown Association Convention
November 9 – 13, 2016
Harrisburg, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Clowns will be gathering for seminars, competitions, sales, jams, buffets and awards beginning November 9, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel, 4751 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. 717-939-7841.

The hotel is a large older resort type hotel with many different types of meeting and conference rooms. We will have access to a ballroom with a built in stage, a large vendor room, a lecture room and a double suite hospitality room which will also house the photographer.

Thursday theme – 4th of July and honoring American Heroes – the Gong Show
Friday theme – M*A*S*H and honoring our military – Dancing with Hot Lips
Saturday banquet – More RED, WHITE and BLUE – awards presentations
(Theme parties – award for best dressed for theme. Saturday banquet is business casual or dressy.)


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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The Circus is Coming to Town

UniverSoul Circus
June 29 – July 31, 2016
National Harbor

Cirque du Soleil – KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
July 21 to September 4, 2016
Lerner Town Square at Tysons II
8025 Galleria Dr
Tysons, VA 22102

Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
Shanghai Nights
November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

4×4: Ephemeral Architectures
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7:30PM
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385

What in the world do ballet and juggling have in common? Both are mathematical, architectural, and athletic endeavors based on people tracing pathways in space. Be there as four jugglers and four ballet dancers share a stage in this cross-art-form experience, leaving unseen patterns everywhere, defying the limitations of gravity and inspiring awe in the audience.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am
April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

The whole family will be amused and amazed by the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the antics of his furry and feathered friends. Clowns, acrobats and jugglers accompany a menagerie of adorable animals that eagerly perform remarkable circus tricks.

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Summer 6-Day CLOWN Intensive Under the Direction of Dody DiSanto

Dody was trained in Paris, holding an esteemed position as a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq, whose teachings she carries on at the Center for Movement Theatre in Washington, DC. She is also currently on the faculties of the Academy for Classical Acting for The Shakespeare Theatre at The George Washington University and at The Catholic University of America.

Summer 6-Day CLOWN Intensive
Taught by Dody DiSanto
August 1 – 6, 2016

Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tuition: $600
Deposit due with Registration: $100
Class held at The Academy for Classical Acting 2129 G Street, NW

Intended for those who have already taken some clown and seek further adventures in search of high rascalry!
During this concentrated week we will work in various size groups to develop material, build routines and explore how clowns turn idiocy into art form.

Clown is a riotous inquiry . . . a playful encounter . . . a look at our laughable & lovable selves.

In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play.

The red nose is both a great liberator and a severe taskmaster. It summons transparency in the actor, while revealing us in all of our beautiful and complicated simplicity. A daring adventure in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun.

The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work.

We will open the doors for an informal showing on the last day.

This course is open to individuals of all levels. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

For REGISTRATION and SIGN UP please visit: http://www.thisisthecenter.com/

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summer…. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall. The 2017 Folklife Festival program will provide many opportunities for experiential exploration of the life and work of circus people in America today. Join us in Washington, D.C., June 29 through July 4 and July 6 through 9 on the National Mall between Seventh and Twelfth streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle.

2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Circus Arts
June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017

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Balloon and Face Painting Jams

The monthly balloon and face painting jam in Chantilly is currently looking for a new restaurant to host the jam.

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Northern Virginia S.A.M. Assembly 252 Meetings
3rd Thursday of each month
7:30pm until 9:00pm

The Knights of Columbus Hall
behind St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

(go totally through church parking lot, make a right at baseball field, then a left, Knights of Columbus Hall is on the right)

Note: Youth meet 1/2 hour earlier at 7:00pm

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Fairfax Jugglers
Key Intermediate Cafeteria
Thursday, 7:30-10 PM starting June 30th

Key Intermediate School
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Contact bsperling@cox.net to get on their email list.

Rumors are true that the Fairfax Jugglers have switched back to Thursday nights. They have been approved to continue meeting for the summer, and Thursdays, too! First one is June 30th. As usual, caveats about their need to clean the school prior to the opening, etc., so Barry will keep members informed about changes!

Enter the parking lot opposite Japonica Street, turn RIGHT at the front of the school and drive around to the far back and the end of the parking lot. Enter the cafeteria at entrance #6 (visible past the dumpster), along a sidewalk, and this may be the best way in (if you arrive first please prop open this door). Alternately, check the Handicapped Student’s Gym by Entrance #9 or use entrance #5 and turn left at the first cross-hall, then look for the cafeteria on the left. OR: check the handicapped student’s gym by Entrance #9 after your first left turn.


The CIRCUS CLUB also meets at Key Intermediate School on ??, but in the Handicapped Student’s Gym by Entrance #9. They teach many circus skills to children and perform in parades and other venues. If you know of a child or teenager who would be interested in learning or developing those kinds of skills then contact them at Circusclub@yahoo.com

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