Anastasia Muravyeva is a retired professional ballroom dance champion. In a career that spanned nearly three decades, Anastasia reached the pinnacle of competitive ballroom dancing. Together with her dance partner, Victor Fung, she became the 2017 Blackpool Champion in the Open Professional Ballroom category, the ballroom-dance equivalent of an Olympic gold medal. In 2019, we heard Victor’s story. Now it’s time to hear from Anastasia.
Shelli Epstein is a former gymnast, acrobat, Cirque du Soleil artist, personal trainer, performance coach, life coach, author and motivational speaker. She began her circus career at age 18, landing her first gig in Macau’s famous House of Dancing Water show. She has since toured the world, flipping, diving, and flying on a Cirque du Soleil show. Shelli recently released her first book, “Flying High: Life lessons from the Big Top”, a memoir that details her life as a circus artist and the wisdom she’s gained through life in the spotlight.
Serena Lu’s path as a member of the U.S. rhythmic gymnastics national team has been anything but typical.
At 24, Serena Lu defies age-limiting stereotypes with her return to elite rhythmic gymnastics following a five-year hiatus from the sport.
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Shelby Kisiel-McNamara is a former Team USA rhythmic gymnast. After participating in several sports growing up, she discovered rhythmic gymnastics at age 10. Three years later, Shelby made the USA National Team. By age 16, Shelby had her eyes set for the 2012 Olympics. At the senior level, Shelby became the US...
Kate Molenaar is a 22 year-old synchronized swimmer who has competed on the club and collegiate levels for 12 years. Kate began college at Colorado State University in 2018, where she was a member of CSU’s synchro team for all 4 years. In this feature article, Kate shares the highlights of her synchro career, challenges and psychological pressures faced along the way, and lessons gleaned from her life spent underwater.