all, we have to make a sad announcement: The US Immigration Services
in Berlin have declined Julia’s visa for entering the United States.
Personally, I am very surprised and I cannot quite understand why. We
totally assumed she would get the visa and we are rather disappointed. But
there is nothing we can do…..
But -of course- we also have some very good and
exciting news : Some of you might be familiar with
Leslie Kaminoff - the very well known
yoga and body work educator and author of several books on the subject of
physical education and yoga. We are very happy, that we could convince
him to come to the ICC to hold lectures and workshops for us.
Leslie’s work and lectures are most valuable,
not only for people who are involved in yoga, but to everyone interested
in stretching and flexibility. His lectures should also be very
informative for other trainers, for our parents accompanying our young
talents and obviously for all our participants in general. For those who
have not heard about him yet - here is some information :
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the
tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized
specialist with thirty years’ experience in the fields of yoga, breath
anatomy and bodywork. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga
associations, schools and training programs in America.
Leslie currently practices in New York City and Great
Barrington, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the yoga blog “e-Sutra”
and “The Breathing Project” - a New York City yoga studio dedicated
to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga. Leslie
teaches The Breathing Project's unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, and
is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the bestselling book, “Yoga Anatomy”
published by Human Kinetics. He also teaches The Breathing Project's unique
year-long course in yoga anatomy, which is now available online to a
Leslie has also released two innovative instructional
products: The Human Kinetics DVD "Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff"
and the Sounds True Audio CD "Freeing the Breath - Health, Relaxation and
Clarity Through Better Breathing."
We would like to draw your attention once again to the
amazing workshop opportunities we
are offering this year to students as well as to our adult participants.
Never before did we have such a variety in offers for workshops :
Jonathan Nosan (Contortion)
Leslie Kaminoff (Yoga & physical education)
Karen Rudiger (The Rudiger Method)
Rick & Jana (practical demonstrations and partner contortion)
For our students :
Angelique & Enkhee (Mongolian Style)
Then we have all the other workshops, lectures and
individual photo sessions ! For anyone interested in the subject of
flexibility and contortion this is the chance of a lifetime to learn
and see everything connected to this art and physical education. Please make
sure that you plan your event ahead and book your workshops in advance.
Otherwise it might get difficult to meet with all the last minute requests.
Here you will find a form you can use for your bookings and schedule for the
ICC: ( LINK )
With this update we would specifically
introduce some of our young artists who will be performing on stage for
As in the recent years
Betsy Shuttleworth from the Dance Extensions & Performing
Arts Center in Canonsburg PA will be bringing some of her talents to the
Amazing how time flies and what a huge metamorphosis in only a couple of
years this young artist has gone through. It looks as if Alexis has truly
followed her call to become a professional artist. The progress she made in
the recent years is amazing. She has turned from a fine young talent into a
very beautiful and elegant Lady.
Bailey’s dream is to become a professional acrobat one day and she does not
cease to work hard for her goal. She has become a very beautiful young
artist who knows how to combine her acrobatic and her great dance talent to
create a lovely show, which she will perform for us.
ASHLEY: When I met Ashley the
first time, she was a little girl, who just started practicing contortion. I
was immediately taken by her talent, her great flexibility and her endurance
and strength. Now she turned into a beautiful young Lady and contortion
artist. Fortunately she also stayed with the art and we will be able to see
her new show, which she specifically created for our event.
Angela & Ysbella
will perform a new Duo Contortion Show. These two young Ladies are also
coming from the ‘talent pool’ of Betsy Shuttleworth. It is nice to see how
Betsy is able to find and create new talent and to keep, promote and develop
this talent with her students over many years. It is a big compliment to a
trainer to find her students staying with the art and her work for so many
years. It means a lot of hard work to keep up such interest in and to be
able to accompany their acrobatic career for so many years.
Ali, Emily and Jill
from Releve Dance Center in Bayport, New York. In 2007 the Studio
added Contortion to their Acrobatics program. The girls who will be
performing at the Gala show this year have shared great success at regional
performing arts competitions & shows under the direction of their instructor
Charlyn began her training at the age of 11 and never stopped. She has
studied acrobatics under the direction of former Rockette Frances Landrum, "circus
strongman" Ted Magnum and 1976 Olympic hopeful, Dennis Bastian, at Landrum
School of Dance in Queens.
Miss Charlyn is affiliated with Antigravity Dance &
Gymnastics Co. - a terrific talent company who promotes dancers and
gymnasts and also perform themselves (many of her students are also
affiliated with Antigravity for possible work in commercials, ads,
She began her teaching career in 1980 at the age of 17
as a student acro teacher at Landrum School of Dance in Queens and continued
her career teaching at various studios in Queens. Charlyn has been teaching
at Releve Dance Centre since 2003 where she has built a successful acro
In our next update we will also give you more
information on other professional artists performing in our main Gala Show. There is still a lot to come and to look forward to !
Angela & Ysbella
Ali & Emily
Ali & Emily
soon ! Warmest regards,
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Event promoters: Ska von Schöning (Ska Showbiz) and Klaus Bischoff