7 TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION& MEMBER of US ACRO-GYMNASTICS TEAM OLYMPIC FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR ATHLETE OF THE DECADE HALL OF FAME
Christine Van Loo has devoted her life to merging art with athleticism, first as an acro-gymnast and later as an aerialist. She began training at age eight and to this day remains the only acro-gymnast to win 7 consecutive National Championships. She was also the first American to medal at World Cup, which she did at age fourteen. She represented the US at World Cup and World Championships every year until she retired competitively at nineteen. Selected Olympic Female Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Decade, she was inducted into Acro-Gymnastics Hall of Fame and the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor and is considered a Legend in her sport. She has been featured on ESPN’s World Class Women and she appeared on the cover of International Gymnast Magazine and in National Geographic World Magazine and Time Life books.
Christine went from competition to becoming one of the most successful and accomplished aerialists in the world. She has performed in nearly thirty countries. She opened solo for Paul McCartney before 100,000 people at a time on his European tour, performed at the 2002 Olympics, two Grammy Awards (w/ No Doubt and with Ricky Martin), the American Music Awards (w/ Aerosmith), the Miss Universe Pageant, as well as several feature films, television shows and music videos. For Cirque du Soleil’s press launch of Zumanityshe performed her aerial act 80 feet off a nine story building from a hot air balloon. She also performed off a hot air balloon with Sarah Mc Lachlan and Josh Groban singing live. She has performed everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to Madison Square Garden to the Kennedy Center. Currently she is on tour with Cirque de la Symphony.
Christine regularly performs before more than 250,000 people a year. She has a contagious passion to inspire and empower those around her. Armed with the same fervent energy and dedication that she puts into her athletic and performance career, Van Loo succeeds as a dynamic high content speaker who is inspirational in style, Christine takes audiences on a journey by evoking deep, emotional reactions that transform participants from within. She shares the truly unique and engaging personal story about how she overcame obstacles, fear and doubt and transformed herself from an inept athlete to a legend in her sport. Get ready to laugh, cry and be moved. From educational organizations to women’s groups to conferences, athletic clubs, non-profit more, Christine’s keynote speeches leave a lasting impression by giving people tools to empower themselves, rewrite their life scripts and fulfill their own greater purpose.
At just 16 Fuji Film and the Japanese Gymnastics Federation began flying her to Japan every year to initiate acro-gymnastics programs in Japan via exhibitions, clinics, and the creation of instructional books and DVDs. Since then she has played the role of a gymnastics and acrobatics coach, choreographer and director from beginner to elite level, as well as training world champion competitive theatrical dance pairs and choreographing for such shows as Britney Spears World Tour and the Stars on Ice US Tour. She appeared in NBC’s Celebrity Circus as a trainer and performer. She is also producer of Secrets of the Circus instructional DVDs. She has taught masterclasses and retreats in Australia, Japan, Costa Rica, Canada, and the US.
Christine and her husband Jonathon Conant, co-founder of Trapeze School New York and a brilliant singer song-writer (see www.jonathonconant.com) live in Costa Rica where they run Airborne Arts, a retreat center for flying trapeze, aerial arts, yoga and more. Christine is fluent in Italian and Spanish and conversational in French. She continues to travel extensively with her various interests, having visited over 40 countries. She has also lived in Italy, the Yucatan, and several places in the US. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and she loves inspiring through her high caliber performances, master teaching and transformational speaking.
AIRBORNE ARTS RETREAT CENTER IN COSTA RICA
Visit Christine and her husband Jonathon Conant, former owner and founder of Trapeze School New York, at Airborne Arts in Costa Rica where they host retreats and teach classes in aerial artistry, acrobatics, flying trapeze, yoga and more. Imagine flying out over a verdant valley overlooking a spectacular 600-foot waterfall, green mountainous jungle and the ocean. Start or expand your aerial, acrobatic and flying skills, hike in the jungle, jump and rappel into deep lush canyons, paraglide over ocean, surf, sing, eat ridiculously delicious food and even spend the night in a cave behind a waterfall. Please visit: www.AirborneArts.com.