Special Workshop at the club meet this Wednesday!

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This Wednesday we will be working on competition freestyles! I will be bringing a small sound system, so bring your music on an ipod (or other mp3 player) and your freestyle!

We will be starting with the basics of freestyle judging, and moving on to some actual judging of your freestyles! If you are interested in getting into competition, or learning how to judge, this workshop is a must attend!

This is all in preparation for The Iowa State YoYo Contest this Saturday! See you there!

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3 weeks of bigtime yoyo action!

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Just a reminder that starting tomorrow night we have 3 solid weeks of awesome yoyoing activities!

Wednesday 9/14/2011 - 6-8pm Kansas City YoYo Club meet @ St Theresa's
Thursday 9/15/2011 - 5pm Duncan Crew @ US Toy in Leawood
Friday 9/16/2011 - 1-5pm Duncan Crew @ Moon Marble in Bonner Springs
Saturday 9/17/2011 - 10am-1pm Duncan Crew @ The Toy Store in Lawrence
Saturday 9/17/2011 - 2-5pm Duncan Crew @ The Toy Store in Topeka
Wednesday 9/21/2011 - 6-8pm Kansas City YoYo Club meet @ St Theresa's
Starting Friday 9/23/2011 5pm - Sunday 9/25/2011 Kansas City Juggling/YoYo Festival @ Rockhurst High School KC, MO
9/28/2011 - 6-8pm Kansas City YoYo Club meet @ St Theresa's -SPECIAL EVENT-
I will be giving special focus to developing local players freestyle contest performance. I will be available to critique and judge anyone that is interested in competing in the future. If you have any interest in competing, please attend this event to get some practice in!
10/1/2011 - 10am-5pm The Iowa State YoYo Contest @ Colby Park in Windsor Heights, Iowa.

The Duncan Crew stops are very important for our club to make a good showing at! If you have any opportunity to make it, try to stop by and see the guys! Also, if you have facebook, head over to the Duncan fan page and give them our thanks for continuing to promote the hobby in Kansas City!
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Official dates, times and locations for Duncan's Kansas tour!

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This is NEXT WEEK! As usual, I'm expecting a great showing from the Kansas City community. Come out to these retailers and support Duncan YoYos! Show the local stores that WE WANT more YoYo selection in Kansas City! Be there!

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Representing KC: Alexander Bonham-Carter.

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Alex has been coming to the Kansas City club for a little over a year. I came into contact with him through the yoyonation forum, initially struck by his forum name "stillinkansascity". Either he was a local, or he really liked Stillin car parts and Jazz music. Alex was almost immediately an anchor player in the Kansas City scene. He came into the club with very advanced skills, and above that he was ready and willing to teach. Over the past year, Alex has become known for his obscure taste in yoyos, always having something odd and new in his case. He may frequent b/s/t forums more than any other yoyoer I've ever met.

Alex does not just contribute his amazing skills to the club, he also has a very artistic eye. As a professional photographer, his skills really come in handy to us. He served as principle photographer at the Kansas State YoYo Contest 2011, which was much appreciated by all of those involved.

I've decided to go ahead and add player interviews to each profile! Here is my interview with Alex, taken at this past weeks meet.

E: How long have you been yoyoing?
Alex: Well, I started in 98, but have been yoyoing off an on since then. I've really been going hardcore for a little over a year and a half.

E: What is your favorite model of yoyo?
Alex: Definitely the Y-Factor by One Drop.

E: What are your future goals for your yoyo hobby?
Alex: Have fun, throw to enjoy it. I also have a short-term goal to go to Worlds 2012.

E: Aside from yoyoing, what accomplishments have you made?
Alex: I graduated The University of Kansas in 2009 as an english major.

E: Has that translated to your career?
Alex: *laughing* Well, I went to work for Sun Publications as a photographer until they shut down.

E: Who are your biggest yoyo influences?
Alex: Andre Boulay and his site mastermagic.net, as well as Gerard from grawrd.com have been huge for me.

E: What yoyoer have you most enjoyed meeting?
Alex: DocPop, no question. I remember watching some of his videos before I got back into yoyoing thinking "How is this possible!?".

E: Final question. Any relation to Helena Bonham-Carter?
Alex: Distant.

I hope everyone is enjoying reading these articles as much as I am enjoying putting them together. Look for our next profile and interview of Kansas City YoYo Godfather and National YoYo Master Rick Wyatt soon!

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