Whip cracking goes public on five Sundays this summer with pro bullwhip artist Robert Dante and the Minneapolis Bullwhip Academy taking part in the Walker Art Center's Open Field project in the Twin Cities.
Free and open to the public, the 5-session program introduces whip cracking to newcomers of all ages and gives members of the Minneapolis Bullwhip Academy a venue to enjoy whip cracking in the open air.
Whip cracking is a popular world-wide hobby, sport, and performing art in circus, stage and Wild West event. Some loaner whips will be available and eye protection will be provided. Children must have parents present. Each session is 30-45 minutes, followed by 30-60 minutes of whip practice. This ongoing event is free and open to the public (anyone can watch), but the number of active participants may depend on Dante's consideration of safety. These are the dates:
June 13, Sunday at 2pm - Session 1 - ABC: The Basics of Bullwhips
June 20, Sunday at 2pm - Session 2 - Intermediate Whip Cracking: Slow & Fast Figure 8's, Flashes, Volleys, Two-Handed Routines
June 27, Sunday at 2pm - Session 3 - Tricks 1: Impress Your Friends! Stuff You Can Do Right Now
Aug 1, Sunday at 2pm - Session 4 - Tricks 2: Impress Your Audience! Stuff You Can Do with Practice
Aug 15, Sunday at 2pm - Session 5 - Wind Up/Extra Help for Special Problems
Robert Dante, a 3-time Guinness World Record holder and author of "Let's Get Cracking! The How-To Book of Bullwhip Skills," is the founder of the Minneapolis Bullwhip Academy and the LA Whip Enthusiasts. While he lived in LA, Dante gave demos and lessons at The Dream Circus in Hollywood. Dante (bullwhip.net) is the monthly bullwhip columnist for the newsletter of the Wild West Performing Arts Society, an affiliate of the Single Action Shooting Society.