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Today it is a great pleasure for us to introduce the coaches and Jury members of the ICC Jeunesse 2009 to you

Gerd Rasquin


One of the most famous contortion coaches of the last 35 years - but also very successful in coaching gymnastics and sportsacrobats on national level. His "Showsternchen" group is based in Hamburg/Germany.


Some personal words from Ska:


Gerd has not only been my friend for more than 15 years, but in many ways he has also been my mentor and supporter of my work and endeavors throughout the years. His knowledge of every aspect in training, not only contortion, but also various other sports such as gymnastics is vast and a never ending inspiration to me. I admire him also for his social engagement for less fortunate families, by giving them and their children new aspects  and self confidence in their lives. His work has produced numerous outstanding contortion artists, only to mention IVANKA ! Thanks for everything, Gerd


 Gerd’s biography in his own words (incl. link to his websites)

Betsy Shuttleworth


Owner/Director of Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center in

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania *** Instructor of Acro, Ballet, Pointe’, Jazz, Tumbling, and Lyrical for ages 3 & up *** Contortion Trainer


Some personal words from Ska:


When I met Betsy in 2005, I was immediately attracted by her strong and creative approach to the art of contortion as much as by her kind and sweet personality and the way she works with her students.

Over the years Betsy has undertaken every effort to become specialized as a coach for contortion. The combination of her background in dance and choreography has made her work in training and producing contortion shows as special as it is now.

I do not only consider her as one of my dearest friends, but also have the greatest respect for her and her professional work.


Betsy’s biography in her own words

David Fox


Some personal words from Ska:


When I started to put the first International Contortion Convention together in 1998, David and I first met on the ICC Internet chat. I knew then already, that I was about to meet the most enthusiastic, most knowledgeable and loyal person to join us in our new and exciting first event. I was right. The input David has brought to this event then and every ICC to follow was and is outstanding. Each time he brought one of his students with him to show and prove his high standards as a trainer and enthusiast of the art.

David is also the kind person to stand behind our beautiful ICC medals, which he has been sponsering towards the recent events. I cannot thank him enough for his friendship, his loyalty and serene support over all these years.

Ska von Schöning


David’s biography in his own words




Angelique Erdenchimeg, Otgo Waller and Enkhee Tumendelger

Some personal words from Ska :

These two wonderful ladies have been supporting our ICC event whenever it took place in the United States and we are very happy to have them in the boat again. Both - Angelique and Otgo have been famous professional contortionists for many years performing all over the globe.

We are privileged and very proud, that they both agreed to give some classes to our students at the ICC Jeunesse again. Thank you Girls !!!

Angelique Erdenchimeg was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. At the age of 8 she was chosen to study the art of contortion at the famous Mongolian State Circus Contortion Studio. Since then she has performed for over 35 years as a contortion artist, and has also been teaching the art form for over 10 years. Her experience has included working in many famous circus groups, including Roncalli Circus. She is currently working for Cirque du Soleil's "O" Show coaching contortion. In addition to her experiences she has also won numerous awards such as The Premier Prize from Havana, Cuba and a special prize from Monte Carlo.

Otgo Waller was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She has performed in such companies, television shows and events like Cirque du Soleil's "O" Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV Video Music Awards, NBA, NHL, NCAA half time shows, Ripley's "Believe It or Not" and Spy TV. She has appeared in many commercials, prints and films including Miller Light, MGD Light, Self Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The International Portfolio of Contortionists and was featured on a Mongolian postage stamp. She has also participated in numerous documentaries, including The Discovery Channel documentary "The Twisted Life of Contortionists" and a   Mongolian documentary about contortion. She currently works as a freelance contortion artist where she performs in various special events and productions.

Enkee Tumendelger has performed as a contortionist for many years, including the Cirque Du Soleil "O" Show. She worked as a contortionist with the Mongolian State Circus and has traveled the world performing the Art of Contortion. She won many medals and performed also in sereral movies but also in classical dance and ballet productions.


Enkhees biography in her own words

Karen Rudiger

Karen Rudiger is an Athlete, Teacher, Writer, and Advocate for Body Education, Researcher in Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Creative Science. Karen is the founder of the RudigerMethod: the new paradigm of functional anatomy advancing the science of physical education through new standards, principles and exercise techniques to balance, build and measure functional body aptitude and take the guess work out diagnosing the unbalances that cause of injury.

Karens biography in her own words

Karen Rudiger


There is more to come - and more big names to announce. We will keep you updated ...


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