Monday, December 14, 2015

Fort Thomas Teen Heading to Germany with the Circus; Holiday Show to Benefit Trip




Joey Holt, 14, of Fort Thomas, is running off to the circus in Germany this summer. Holt's name might sound familiar since he is the local boy who had and overcame Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (Read previous story). He met Paul Miller, owner of Circus Mojo, and other performers while being treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Holt fell in love with the art of circus, attended camp in 2013 and has been part of Circus Mojo ever since.

Holt performing the diabolo at the Highland's Middle School Talent Show

"I love circus," said Holt. "It's my life. I practice everyday and love teaching my skills to others and performing." 

The community is invited to see Holt and the rest of the Circus Mojo group perform in the Circus Mojo Christmas Show Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 pm at the auditorium of St. Boniface & James in Ludlow. Although there is not a set admission charge, there is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family. There will be juggling, diabolo, German Wheel, acrobats, tight wire, unicycle and more. There will be live music and refreshments from Second Sight Spirits and Wyner's Cup Cafe. Proceeds will benefit The Social Circus Foundation, which brings free circus art classes to the undeserved populations in the Tri-state area and pays a portion of the Germany trip. 

Holt in the German Wheel at Circus Mojo

Circus Mojo sends about 10 children to Germany every other year to study and perform with Circus Pimparello. This will be Holt's first year to go to Germany. Circus Mojo has not only been a hobby for Holt but a method of physical and mental therapy since his battle with LCH. "It really has been amazing," said Nick Stegner, Joey's stepdad. "He was dealing with PTSD and having a lot of physical issues but being able to perform with Mojo and having the Germany goal has helped him tremendously."

Miller, Stegner and Holt encourage everyone, young and old, to attend the show on Saturday. "It's going to be a great time and is for a great cause," said Miller. "We created the Social Circus Foundation to provide scholarships and opportunities for kids like Joey Holt. Fundraisers like this help us to continue affecting children across the tri-state."

The Circus Mojo Christmas Show 
Who:  Circus Mojo and The Social Circus Foundation
What:  Circus Sampler and Holiday Show
Where:  The Auditorium at St. Boniface & James, 318 Oak Street Ludlow KY 41016
When:  Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7:30pm
Cost:  Suggested Donation $10 per adult, $5 per children or $20 per family
Event Sponsored in part by: WVXU, Second Sight Spirits & Wynner's Cup Cafe 

A few members of the Circus Mojo Troupe, including Miller on the far right

Call 859-360-7757 or visit www.circusmojo.com for more information about Circus Mojo or the Christmas show. 

The Social Circus Fund INC, a nonprofit 501c3, raises funds to support programs using circus as tools for social change and in medical settings. Many of the people we serve have limited resources. The fund will serve as a clearinghouse for scholarships and to educate and study the application of circus in non-traditional settings.

Circus Mojo is a youth and adult circus arts program where physical skills such as juggling, balancing, and stilt walking coalesce with creative expression such as improvisation, character development, and group performance. In this multidimensional program, combining artistry with athleticism, students conquer doubt and learn a varied skill set in a collaborative, non-competitive environment. Our mission is to teach and present the circus arts with a fresh perspective and encourage everyone to express their unique mojo—talent, zeal, conīŦdence, drive, and spirit.



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