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My contortion story began at age of 5. I’ve spent the last 25 year of my life performing as an Artist with Cirque Du Soleil. I’ve seen a growing trend of Handstand and Contortion Guru’s online sharing poor techniques and dangerous training methods to unknowing students. Even instructors who never were contortionists, attempting to teach our technique. This type of activity is a disservice to our community and it’s something that deeply bothers me. I love my art and I want to pass it on to future generations with proper training methods. I’ve heard people say there is no secrets in training, but this saying is untrue. Any art form that has been around for generations has technique needed for growing the art and that technique should not be forgotten. At this time I’m happy to announce that I will be sharing what I’ve learned and experienced through my career with online classes. If anyone is interested in learning the Art of Mongolian Contortion from a professional with a proven record of excellence now is your chance. It's time to bend your limits.
Ulziibayar Chimed / Owner of K-STAR Training Academy, Cirque Du Soleil Artist
A MODERN MASTER OF CONTORTION
Ulziibayar Chimed was born in the city of Ulanbaatar, the Capital of Mongolia. From an early age she exhibited a passion for performing and began training in the art of Contortion at 5 years old. After two years of rigorous practice, Ulziibayar joined the Mongolian State Circus and began performing a solo act, traveling to countries such as France, Russia and Taiwan to display her unique skills.
In 1993, Ulziibayar was scouted by Cirque Du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté to join the production Alegria which premiered in Montreal, Canada in April of 1994. In doing so, Ulziibayar became the first Mongolian Contortionist to perform with the company and proceeded to tour the world for the next twelve years. Since its creation, Alegria has been performed over 5,000 times and seen by over 14 million spectators.
In 1997, Ulziibayar performed duo Contortion, earning a silver medal at the prestigious Cirque de Demain Festival. In 2005, Ulziibayar joined the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's Las Vegas show Zumanity where she performed the iconic "Water Bowl Act" until the show's closing in 2020. In January of that same year, Ulziibayar and her husband opened K-STAR Training Academy and began sharing the art of Mongolian Contortion in the city of Las Vegas.
In 2021, US Figure Skating invited Ulziibayar to share her flexibility methods with future Olympians at numerous training camps. She was also recognized by the Mongolian Government for her outstanding contributions to Mongolian Culture during her thirty year career as a performing artist. In 2022, Ulzii returned to the stage, with two new acts, solo canes for Lost Spirits Distillery and a Contortion Trio act for Opium by Spiegelworld. Ulziibayar also performed as a Contortionist Vampire in the Netflix film "Dayshift" starring Jamie Foxx, and just recently completed filming for the upcoming Amazon Prime release, "Red One" starring Dwayne Johnson (2023).
Today, Ulziibayar Chimed is considered one of the top Contortionists in the world, appearing internationally on stage, print, television and film. Her practice, the Art of Contortion stands as a culmination of everything she loves instilling beauty, and strength through a holistic method of mind body enhancement. For Ulziibayar, contortion moves beyond the westernized viewpoint of physical practice, and actively inspires people in all areas of life "to bend their limits."