The Nationally recognized Woodside One Wheelers (often referred as WOW) are a juggling & unicycling performing arts group based out of Woodside Elementary School located in Topsham Maine, co-founded and directed by Eric Pulsifer. WOW was officially established in 2006 and held their first show with 25 students performing juggling and stilt walking acts and 3 students performing on unicycles. The program has now grown to over 80 performers (ranging from ages 8-20), often beginning in our summer camps and then officially becoming an official WOW member in grade 3 and continuing into college- consisting of 55 short style unicycle riders including 32 performance riders on five foot giraffe unicycles and a few highly skilled riders on two & three wheel unicycles rising over seven feet.
With many successful performances, the Woodside One Wheelers have performed at the National level, thanks in part to the generosity of corporate & personal donors along with local fundraising by each member and their families including our caring coaches who donate their time:
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington DC
- Independence Day Parade in Washington DC
- West Virginia Strawberry Festival Parade
- Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
- NBA Philadelphia 76ers pre-game & half time performances
- Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Performance
The Woodside One Wheelers also maintains a very active local performance schedule including exciting shows like:
- Dempsey Challenge Performance
- Maine Red Claws Halftime Show
- Portland Sea Dogs Pre-Game Show & Ceremonial 1st Pitch from a 3-wheel giraffe unicycle (1st time ever attempted at a double A affiliate game of the Boston Red Sox)
- Mt. Ararat High School Boys Varsity Basketball Halftime Show
- Wiscasset Speedway Intermission Show
- Maine State Music Theater Performance
- Brunswick Art Walk Performance
- Longfellow Chorus Performance
- Richmond Days Street Performance
- Bowdoinham Summer Days Performance
We are also a familiar sight at local area parades including:
- Brunswick/Topsham Memorial Day Parade
- Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest Parade
- Freeport Holiday Sparkle Parade
- Standish Summer Spectacular Parade
- Lisbon Falls Moxie Festival Parade
The team has traveled to other elementary schools in Maine to promote respectful opportunities of personal growth, participated with many local fundraisers, ceremonies and community events. The popular Woodside One Wheelers Community Performance held annually in early March at the Mt. Ararat High School Gymnasium, typically with hundreds in attendance.
In addition to promoting safety, personal fitness and fun, WOW consistently represents a positive message surrounding goal setting, hard work, and self confidence. During weekly practices throughout the school year, members work diligently on learning and refining new skills, improving their routines, and trying out some new challenges. Learning to spin plates, juggle scarves, rings, balls and clubs. They move on to technical riding of a unicycle, and mastering specific skills such as walking on stilts, and balancing on walking globes, are all great challenges which improve physical skills such as balance and coordination and teach many life long lessons in patience, concentration, self motivation, and perseverance. WOW performers are encouraged to carry these skills over into their academic endeavors as well.
The Woodside One Wheelers focus is on teamwork, cooperation, and building leadership skills. There is a strong sense of unity and trust among the performers who encourage and inspire each other on a daily basis. It is that trust built through the friendships that the riders forge as they work together in unicycle performance routines that embraces our safety standards with each member. We require that each rider wear an approved helmet along with wrist, elbow and knee pads at ALL practices and performances. Participation in local and national performances teaches poise, problem solving skills, communication and self-confidence.
I was at the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C. this past weekend. The WOW Team was spectacular!! As a spectator people all around me were saying “WOW! Look at those kids”
Thanks to the Kids, Coaches, and Parents for such an experience. I’m proud of all of you!
Thanks for your note Linda…we’re all so proud of the One Wheelers!