Dusty has been a professional Juggler and Circus Performer for virtually all his life. He started out as a street entertainer with the Banana Bros in Devon while studying theatre at Darlington College of Arts. He then worked with the Theatre of Public Works and Circus Senso touring nationally and in Europe. In 1988 he nearly joined Cirque de Soleil but pulled out at the last moment as he didn’t think his acrobatics was on a par with the Canadian Gymnastic team who had just won Gold at the Seoul Olympics. The whole team was to join the company! He has worked with a variety of community circus companies.
In the mid-nineties Dusty began running training courses for corporates, and now does 20 events a year on average. Recent clients have included the Dublin Airport Authority. The basis of his corporate juggling is: “We can all unlearn habits and create new ones if we take risks and trust in our ability to change and learn.”
Fun, humorous and involving everyone, Dusty’s circus skills are more often than not the most memorable part of a conference event. Through juggling he became involved in accelerated learning with The Quantum Training working in schools teaching learning and juggling. He still occasionally visits schools providing support in this area. Juggling is not only fun; it is the perfect way to show how easily behaviours and habits can be changed through good coaching. Dusty Gedge demonstrates how to acquire new skills and coach others effectively in this fun juggling session.
Dusty highlights that it's the fear of failure, which is the biggest block to experimentation and progress. No one wants to drop a ball, yet it's a necessary requirement when learning to juggle. Educating high achievers to take a risk and accept that they may fail, can be a challenge in itself. It’s often learning through failure that enables us to progress to the next level.
Dusty Gedge also has a deep and active love of nature, something that has been with him since he fell out of his baby chair aged two to chase a robin. A cracked skull did nothing to dull his appetite! Current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB and founder of Livingroofs.org, Dusty is a recognised authority, designer and consultant on green roofs and green infrastructure. He works with Gary Grant for the Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd. He is also co-author with John Little of the Small-scale green roof guide that has help lots of small roofs sprout across the globe on sheds, garages and other small buildings. Dusty has been a TV presenter on a number of programmes including Channel 4’s television series ‘Wild Thing – I love you’.