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Live Like An Acrobat Podcast Ep.12: The Last Promise Icon Alona Zhuravel

Podcast host Shenea Stiletto discusses acro hand-balancing and explores circus, acrobatics and gymnastics through the lens of her experience in the art form as a champion gymnast and professional acrobat. Shenea likes to theorize about what the future will bring within each of these fields and says “On each of Live Like an Acrobat Podcast, I will bring you insight through my own experiences which are rooted in a perspective built on social justice advocacy and how these important issues continue to intersect between the circus arts and the acrobatics competitive world at large.”
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Hand balancer Alona Zhuravel. Photo credit: Willemer Photography
In Ep. 12, Shenea speaks with hand balancer Alona Zhuravel, who has performed with Flic Flac, The Circus Youth Festival in Moscow, Cirque Pinder, Circus Adrenaline, and in Cirque du Soleil‘s Varekai.
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Feature photos of Alona Zhuravel courtesy of Shenea Stiletto.

Shenea Stiletto
Acrobat, Podcaster, Circus Artist, Handstand Instructor -United States
Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production.
Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.

Shenea Stiletto

Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production. Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.

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