is a great pleasure for us to introduce the coaches and Jury members
of the ICC Jeunesse 2009 to you
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.
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
Gerd’s biography in his
(incl. link to his websites)
Owner/Director of Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center in
*** Instructor of
Acro, Ballet, Pointe’, Jazz, Tumbling, and Lyrical for
ages 3 & up
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
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
|Angelique Erdenchimeg, Otgo Waller
and Enkhee Tumendelger
personal words from Ska
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.
are privileged and very proud, that they both agreed to give some
classes to our students at the ICC Jeunesse again. Thank you Girls !!!
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.
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.
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
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.
biography in her
There is more to come - and more big names to
announce. We will keep you updated ...
Your ICC team
Ska and Klaus
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Event promoters: Ska von Schöning (Ska Showbiz) and Klaus Bischoff