Betsy Shuttleworth owns and operates Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center (DEPAC) in Canonsburg, PA. Something that sets DEPAC apart from the many dance studios in their area is their contortion training program. The contortionists who perform separately are called “Belle Lignes”. Betsy has been training contortionists for 15 years and teaching dance for 25.
Her training stretches from experts from Las Vegas (with Ska Von Schoning & Angelique and Enkhee from “O”) to the Ukraine (with Alixa Sutton). And she continues to be very open to learn more and looks forward to Alixa’s expert advice.
Betsy’s students have acquired great skills and are striving to achieve more. Her students have been hired from entertainment agencies and have even represented “Nike”.
Future goals are to learn more avenues to take contortion such as aerial arts & circus environments, heading away from contortion used in dance competitions where they are unappreciated for their rare talents. Betsy would love to expand her workshops to circus facilities rather than dance studios.