Two Ragdolls

Two Lovely Ragdoll Girls

Dear Friends,
we have update 2 new contortion Videos in our Video on Demand Section Two Ragdoll Girls & Four Contortion Queens at Freemont Street. Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Video on Demand Overview

Here is the Ragdoll Act Video

Here is the Four Contortion Queens

Maria Pucchiarelli

Interview with Contortionist Maria Pucciarelli

Dear Friends,
Live streaming session with Maria Pucciarelli (approx 30 minutes) including interview, warmup and handstand acrobatics. Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Video on Demand Overview

Here is the Direct Link

ICC2016

THE Contortion Shows

Dear Friends,
Our ICC 2016 shows are now available on vimeo. We are also starting to upload our streaming sessions there. The first one is already online. As you know, this year was the first time that we added the live streaming to the event. It was a huge venture and we are still trying to recoup the money for it. You can support us by getting some of the videos of the shows or live streaming from our site. Any support is highly appreciated Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Video on Demand Overview

ICC2016

CONTORTION SUITE GOES On DEMAND

Dear Friends,
The most successful contortion event of all times, the ICC 2016, is now over and we are very happy to announce that our first special from the ICC CONTORTION SUITE-streaming at Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas, USA can be viewed at: VIDEO on DEMAND
To start enjoy the most flexible girls in the world, ELIZA and MANUELLE. More videos (including our shows) will be uploaded within the next few days. Thanks to the ICC crew for their great assistance. Go to this link and follow the instructions… VIDEO on DEMAND Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Video on Demand Overview

ICC2016

The Show Images Day 01,

Dear Friends,
Here are the Show Images from our Contortion Shows from Day 1
Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Gallery

ICC2016

Interview NBC at April03,

Dear Friends,
Dear Friends, NBC channel 3 Las Vegas today produced a feature about the upcoming ICC 2016. Contortionists involved were Manuelle, Eliza, Helena Moon, Julia and some of Betsy Shuttleworth’s students. NBC-host Christine Kim interviewed Ska von Schoening and Alina Ruppel aka Eliza. The feature can be seen on tonights NBC News at 6.00 pm.
Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Gallery

ICC2016

First Livestream at April03,

Dear Friends,
The first event at our ICC 2016 live stream will be an outdoor welcome live stream with several of our ICC contortionists who will be performing at our shows. If you are interested, make sure you buy your session today. We are looking forward to meeting you there!
Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Livestream Page

Jim Pickles

Jim Pickles

Dear Friends,
Our longtime friend and supporter of our events, Dr. Jim Pickels, has prepared a comedy contortion show act for ICC 2016. Jim is a wonderful example of how enthusiasm and the love for the art of contortion can keep you young and happy. He is a great inspiration for all of us.
Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Performer Page

Alina Ruppel Warmup

The Contortion Suite

Dear Friends,
For the first time in the history of ICC we will have a member live stream from our hotel suite, streaming from 11am to 6 pm. Also some of our live events/shows will be streamed during the day and evening. This is a special service for our friends who cannot attend the event, but also like to have a part in it.
Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Contortion Suite Livestream

Circue Soleil

WONDERFUL & AMAZING NEWS!!!!

Dear Friends,
The 3 lovely contortionists who are performing in the most popular Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show 'O', will be performing at our ICC 2016 show!!!!! We are so honoured and grateful to our beautiful coach ANGELIQUE ECHIMEG from Cirque du Soleil and the performers. THANKS A MILLION ANGELIQUE!!!!
Warmest regards,
Ska

Eliza

Premiere at ICC "ELIZA"

Dear Friends,
For ICC 2016 ALINA RUPPEL "ELIZA" has created a new show, which will premiere at the International Contortion Convention 2016 in Las Vegas.
Her new act "Contortion is a Cabaret" is an homage to the wonderful artist Lisa Minelli, one of Alina's all time favourite show stars.

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Performers Preview Page

Here is the Homepage of Eliza

News from Ska

Dear Friends,
We are absolutely thrilled and so grateful about how much feedback we get from so many wonderful performers and their coaches asking us to perform at our convention.
Otgo Waller, Angelique (coach from Cirque du Soleil and long time supporter of our event),
as well as our lovely coaches Enkhee and Cheryl Lindley, Artistic Director of the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts and the Lindley Lopez Circus will bring some beautiful shows to our stage.

SIDE SHOWS FOR YOUNG TALENTS
We are going to have a lot of young talent coming to ICC, future performers who have not been publically performing in the past,
but would like to get the taste of it. For these artists we will make the stage available to do some side shows in our theatre on
various occasions during ICC. We will bring out a schedule shortly before the event.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED..
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Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Performers Page

Cheryl Lindley Lopez

Cheryl Lindley Lopez

Dear Friends,
Another highlight of our convention will be the participation of The Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts, Cheryl Lindley Lopez and some of her performers, (which we will introduce in more detail soon)!
Cheryl is offering workshops of a very different and most interesting kind for young talents and performers, who want to improve their actual stage presence and/or want to learn how to present their shows in the very best ways.
Cheryl Lindley explored commedia dell' arte in the
1980s and was a member of the Fern Street Circus for 14 years; where she directed the 2004 "Alice in Circusland" and 2005 "Through the Looking Glass" annual showcase productions in San Diego's Balboa Park. She is the star clown for Imagination Entertainment's iL CiRco, an award winning special events circus show. Cheryl also created a new act for the 2007 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
We will give you more detailed information on Cheryl's workshops in our next update.
This goes also for the new performers who we are going to announce. Our friends from Mongolia will bring some great performers (including acts from shows of Cirque du Soleil :.

So please don't forget to follow us regularly from now on. There is so much more to come!

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Performers Page

Otgo Waller

Otgo Waller

Dear Friends, We had a meeting with our lovely Mongolian Coaches, Angelique, Enkhee and Otgo. We are also very happy to tell you, that Otgo (Waller), a world-renowned contortionist will give workshops all through ICC 2016. So we can add another great coach to our list! Whilst we go along, we will tell you more about the different approaches and focuses, each of our coaches will put into their workshops. As you might imagine, not every contortion trainer is the same and it is wonderful to learn about all the various styles and teaching methods, each of our specialists will present.

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Workshops Page

KAREN RUDIGER

KAREN RUDIGER

Dear Friends, We have a lot of exciting news for our upcoming convention: It is with great pleasure to tell you that KAREN RUDIGER is coming to join our event again. KAREN describes herself as 'The Body Teacher' and an Advocate for the Advancement of Physical Education. She has developed her famous RUDIGER METHOD specializing on a so called Exercise Therapy and Physio-Analysis & Posture Correction as well as Injury & Neuro-muscular Rehabilitation

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Workshops Page

Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

Dear Friends,
With the ICC 2016 getting closer, we would like to specify some of our coaches and workshops in more detail again.
We feel, that the workshops we are offering are of very high quality with a big range of variety to choose from.

We start with Mark Freeman:

THE FREEMAN TECHNIQUE: WORKSHOP @ ICC 2016 THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL PREPARATION

In Contortion there is a big emphasis on the development of flexibility. This is a given.
However if the body is pushed too far when it is not physically prepared to endure that kind of intensity, injuries are almost certainly inevitable.
This workshop will emphasize 5 areas that need to be developed in conjunction with one another.
These areas will facilitate the appropriate amount of preparation in order to pre-emptively avoid injury, whilst solidifying a foundation to increase ones skill set in several areas!
The 5 essential areas
- Body Positions, Strength, Flexibility, Core Stability, Awareness (Body & Space)
- All are equally important and have an interdependent relationship with one another
- Therefore all need continual maintenance and work all the time
Here a link to a promo video:
promo video I prepared.
for more information contact us at mark@freemantechnique.com
or visit us at www.freemantechnique.com

For booking any of our workshops, please go to:
Choose the workshops you would like to attend,
then click on the following link for registration and payment: WORKSHOPS(Registration/Prices-Sign Up)
You have two choices for the workshops:
Students workshops (for students up to the age of 21 years)
or
Adults workshops
Choose the appropriate item, name the workshop you want to book and click on PAY NOW. (Each workshop has to be booked separately) If you have any further question, please contact us any time at iccconvention2016@hotmail.com or skasy2@me.com

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Workshops Page

Josiah Grant

Josiah Grant

Dear Friends,
Another extra ordinary coach during our convention is Josiah Grant. Josiah's workshop will be very useful for those who are interested in pole acrobatics, but also in other aspects regarding strength, flexibility and presentation!

This is what Josiah says about his workshops at ICC 2016:
My Focus for workshops at the convention
The focus for my Pole Workshops is to introduce my passion to the participants by sharing why I am passionate about this sport.
Not only is it a full body work out, I will be instructing how to use your body and create beautiful shapes on a vertical apparatus.
From the fluidity , to the spins , and airborne tricks , my goal is to get you fascinated with the art, and have an amazing time in class. See you soon friends. Love, Peace , & POLE !

For booking any of our workshops, please go to:
Choose the workshops you would like to attend,
then click on the following link for registration and payment: WORKSHOPS(Registration/Prices-Sign Up)
You have two choices for the workshops:
Students workshops (for students up to the age of 21 years)
or
Adults workshops
Choose the appropriate item, name the workshop you want to book and click on PAY NOW. (Each workshop has to be booked separately) If you have any further question, please contact us any time at iccconvention2016@hotmail.com or skasy2@me.com

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Workshops Page

Valerie Teets

Anna & Olga

We are very happy to announce, the premiere of a new Duo Contortion Show at our event. Most of you will already know beautiful
ANNA VENIZELOS
Anna came to circus from a background of both gymnastics and dance.
After studying dance education at NYU she settled on pursuing her love of contortion, aerials, and acrobatics.
She toured with Cirque du Soleil's production of Quidam from 2004-2007, performing both the aerial hoops act (a trio) and then the contortion in silks, as a soloist.
She has performed with Montreal based circus companies, Les Gens d'R and Cirque Eloize as well as doing numerous events at NYC venues such as City Center, Symphony Space and the Big Apple Circus tent at Lincoln Center.
Anna has also contorted for film & tv and is a member of sag/aftra.

In the past Anna has performed a Duo Contortion Act with her sister Emily.
Now she has formed a new Duet with Olga, which they will present at ICC 2016.

Olga is a professional ballet dancers, acrobat and acrobatic pole dancer. She is a US Champion and two-time Pan American Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Official Olympic Alternate Athens, Greece. Presently she is graduating a B.S. in Applied Psychology at New York University this May.
Warmest regards,
Ska

More infos from Valerie at the Performers Page

Valerie Teets

VALERIE TEETS

And here is another young lady who will perform as a Newcomer in one of our shows:
VALERIE TEETS
Her biography is rather unusual. Valerie is a dolphin trainer by trade, and practices contortion as a hobby. She tries to incorporate contortion when possible at her work.
Valerie is 38 years old and has worked as a marine mammal trainer for 14 years.
She is from Auburn, California and went to college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she studied Psychology. She was a high school and collegiate cheerleader, and has always been flexible, but just started seriously practicing yoga and contortion about 12 years ago.
Warmest regards,
Ska

More infos from Valerie at the Performers Page

Glenn Holmann

Glenn Holmann

Dear Friends,
Last but not least we would like to introduce Glen Holman to you. Glen is one of our team assistances. He has been a fan of contortion ever since his childhood and has been a loyal supporter of our ICC conventions over many years. Amongst many other things Glen will be involved with during the event, Glen is also available for answering your questions in regards to the event. We have opened an additional email account for you, which you can write to at any time for any questions or concerns you have: iccconvention2016@hotmail.com

ana

Update new Performers

Dear Friends,
Today we would like to introduce a few more artists & performers for our shows at the ICC 2016

As you can see our shows are growing and growing. We are very happy and grateful about the vast interest of all these amazing young artists to come and present their special skills at our event!

Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Performers Page

Alina

New Registration & Booking Options

Dear Friends,
we have updated our registration and booking site for ICC 2016.

The choices & booking procedures for workshops and all other options are now more detailed, easier to overlook and to book.

Important: For those who want to participate in workshops PLEASE BOOK YOUR WORKSHOPS AND COACHES ASAP!!! It is very difficult to organize and guarantee the space/ workshops with your favorite coaches, if you do your booking last minute! When booking workshops on our site, please do not forget to add the name and date of your workshop/coach!!!!!

If, at a later point, you want to add another coach or workshop, (in case we are adding more workshops to our schedule) you can always do that. However we think that our present offer of coaches is already EXELLENT and we are not planning to add much to it anymore. So you can now easily start putting your own schedule together :-)

In regards to our shows & performers: we are going to update you with new information within the next few days. So please stay tuned...
Warmest regards,
Ska

Here is the Booking Page

Nadja Vasina

Nadja Vasina

Dear Friends,
we are very happy to announce, that the amazing Nadya Vasina will be performing at the International Contortion Convention 2016. Most of you will know this outstanding artist, but here is some additional information:
Nadja Vasina ImagesPreview Nadja Vasina
Performer InformationsPerformer Site

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Hotel Discounts Available

Dear Friends,
This is now the information for our SPECIAL ICC 2016 GROUP rate at the Sunset Station Hotels including cheaper ICC booking fee.
Please visit our Booking Page for more instructions

Betsy Shuttleworth

Betsy Shuttleworth

Dear Friends,
as most of you know, from time to time we are adding a special part to our ICC event, which is focussed on young artists & contortion students. In 2016 we will again bring some very extraordinary shows of young talents and performers on stage. Our lovely friend and co-organizer Betsy Shuttleworth has prepared some special shows for us again and we would like to present some of the young performers to you.

A personal note from Ska to Betsy Shuttleworth: In all the years I have been working in this special genre of acrobatics, I have met and made friends with a lot of great people. But I have hardly ever met anyone as special, loyal and loving as my friend Betsy Shuttleworth. Her devotion to the art is second to none. She has become an amazing contortion coach and I am proud, grateful and happy to know her and have her organizing our great event together with me!

more about Betsy Shuttleworth and her students under Performers

Betsy Students
Images of Shelby Miller
Images of Bella Quatre
Images of Alaina

Maria

Jonathan Nosan

Dear Friends,
it has been a busy time and we have not been able to update this site for a while. But that doesn't mean that we have not been busy in the meantime searching for more fantastic performers, talents and coaches for our event.

I (Ska) have always been a great fan of Jonathan Nosan and I was extremely pleased to hear, that Jonathan has agreed to not only give his highly recommanded! workshops, but will also present his famous show called: Mirror Man This performance has been featured in film and on stage. It was created in 2002 as a performance art piece -featuring 5,000 glass mirrors- which has been incorporated into events for major brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Lady Gaga, Mercedes Benz, Vogue magazine, Coca-Cola and the NY Festival of Light. He continues to produce avant-garde pieces, which he performs around the world.

Maria

Pole Dancer

JOSIAH GRANT
And here is another amazing artist, who will perform & give pole workshops during our ICC Contortion Convention 2016. We would like to introduce: Josiah Grant is a world renowned pole artist who is gifted with an amazing talent on the pole. By the time Josiah was seven, the fantasy had begun. He would often sneak away from his scheduled gymnastic assignments to experiment with an unprecedented routine all on his own. By 16, he was hooked on the idea of becoming proficient, and he secretly purchased his own vertical, retractable pole for his bedroom. He practiced this obsession in secret, having no mentor to guide him. He knew his artist flow was taking him where no male before him had gone, and he was nonetheless undaunted. For the next three years, he studied insatiably to improve his craft. Hip hop, gymnastics, ballet, and contortion lessons filled his high school roster of events, before and after class hours. The result of this diligence is Josiah being one oft he first professional male pole dancers in the United States. He has been featured on the Dr's Show. During this notable segment, the cast of The Doctors joked about men getting involved on the pole, and played the role a regular audience member challenged to try a trick or two. He dazzled their broad viewing audience with a skillful performance. Josiah has been a recurring guest on the Jerry Springer Show, again featured as a gifted anomaly to the pole dancing community. He has also appeared on ABC Family, MTV, TruTV, La Hair and his own series of pole instructional videos, and countless brief television appearances and interviews. 2015 National Aerial Pole Art Champ 2013 North American "Elite" Champion 2010 "3rd Place " American Pole FitChamp 2010 PoleCon Bad K. Spin & Tricks "

Maria

PASSION TO BALANCE

GOULIA & NELSON Pivaral
It is with great please to announce that the world renown Duo Passion 2 Balance will be performing at our event in 2016 again. Goulia & Nelson Pivaral performed with great success at one of our ICCs a few years ago and we are now lucky to have them back again. Nelson started training as a hand balancer at the age of 12, traveling with Fuentes Gasca Circus. He also trained the flying trapeze and unicycle at a young age. Nelson met Goulia, a then gymnast, over 21 years ago and they immediately fell in love and married and the Pivarals have performed together and traveled the world ever since.

Maria

Klaus Bischoff

Klaus Bischoff
Before we finish todays update a little personal note for those who have wondered already, why our longtime friend and co-organizer Klaus Bischoff has not been appearing on our site yet. Unfortunately Klaus will not be able to join us in 2016, due to important business which he hast to attend to exactly at the dates of our event. However, we want to assure, that Klaus is still around : and he will be happy to assist us all, whenever he can. Especially for those, who prefer to communicate in German, Klaus has offered to be available. His email contact is: kalaus@web.de

Maria

Maria

Performer,
We are always searching for young talents who we specifically like to promote and to encourage. It is always wonderful to see that the art is enjoying a great interest in young artists, more than ever before. A young lady from the United States has approached us and we are very happy to announce that she will be performing in one of our shows. Her name is MARIA PUCCIARELLI. MARIA is specialized in Mongolian style contortion.Maria was born and raised in New York City. She discovered her love for contortion at the age of 14 and is now a professional artist performing in venues all across the United States. Welcome to our stage, Maria!

ANGELIQUE ERDENCHIMEG

Workshops

WORKSHOPS,
We are very happy to announce, that our longtime friend and contortion coach ANGELIQUE and Enkhee Tumendelger Smith will be giving workshops again.

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ICC Website is Online NOW!

Dear Friends,
It took a little while since we announced on facebook that we will be having another ICC in Las Vegas in 2016, but now our brand new website is online with the first information about the event. Please be aware, that -from now on- we will be constantly updating this site with new information. There is so much more coming and we are very excited to see you all hopefully soon. If you have any questions, please contact us any time!
Warmest regards,
Ska & ICC Team

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