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250 Years of Circus: The Street Origins of Foot Juggling

I began acrobatics 15 years ago when I was 7 years-old. I started to train in foot juggling in 2008.

Foot juggling is an act that mainly consists of juggling tricks, but there’s also what we call Icarian games, which is tossing and spinning techniques that are built on top of the juggling. Acrobatics originated in China in the Han Dynasty over 2,500 years ago and foot juggling is one of the oldest disciplines in circus arts. It started with the street performers juggling carriage wheels and big water pots and jars. The techniques passed down from generation to generation and it has now evolved into different forms of juggling.


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