Director / Co-Owner of DEPAC Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center
Betsy has been teaching for 25 years. She started taking dance at the age 9 at the Sally Miller Dance Company in Washington, PA. Betsy taught at various places and schools and attended Point Park University.
In 1996, Betsy opened Betsy Wray's Dance Extensions, now Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center. In 2001, Betsy became intrigued by the art of contortion.
While ballet was where she had the most experience, she felt the desire to experiment with acrobatics and contortion, and soon many students were training in it.
Through contortion agent and trainer Ska von Schoening, she learned the proper techniques for teaching this unusual art safely. Every year she travels with promising students to train in Las Vegas and is a annual participant in the International Contortion Convention, where her students get to work with fellow contortionists from around the globe.
DEPAC students have auditioned for Cirque du Soleil, AGT, SYTYCD and Paula Abdul. Her students were featured on morning talk shows for their contortion as well as Fox Tv and have been filmed in a Powerade commercial and on tv in England through Silver River Productions. Betsy has also had years of judging experience in various dance competitions. Recently, one of Betsy's students was hired professionally by the Hanneford Circus & Seyranyan Family Circus, as well as traveling to NYC to shoot a Nike Ad. DEPAC is now working often with Alixa Sutton, Creator of the "Mystic Pixies" and Le Petite Cirque in California.
Betsy will be presenting her lovely girls in various combinations & showcases PREMIERING at ICC 2016
Bella Gantt, 9 years old, resides in Pittsburgh, Pa, where she trains extensively under Betsy Shuttleworth. She is in her second year of study in the art of contortion and the performing arts.
Bella has participated in numerous showcases and performances throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Abby Richertis an eleven year old contortionist living in South Western Pennsylvania. She studies at Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center in Canonsburg,
Pennsylvania under the direction of Mrs. Betsy Shuttleworth and Ms. Dawn Churney. Abby also takes acrobatic and strengthening classes with Mr.
Mark Freeman and aerial classes with Ms. Kelsey Keller. In June of 2015, Abby traveled to California to train with Le PeTiT CiRqUe and in December of 2015,
performed in Le PeTiT CiRqUe de Noel in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In September of 2015, she attended workshops at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.
Abby is a straight A student in 6th grade, sings in the school chorus and an active Girl Scout receiving her Bronze Award. Abby dreams of performing with Cirque du Soleil someday.
Alexa is a 13 year old contortionist who has been studying with Betsy Wray Shuttleworth director of Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center (DEPAC) for about a year and a half. Alexa also trains with Mark Freeman, owner of Freeman Technique and previous performer with Cirque de Soleil's Totem. Alexa has performed at various local venues with her studio and most recently in December her group was a guest performer with Le Petit Cirque to a sold out crowd. Alexa will also be auditioning for Washington's Got Talent with her trio act as well as one of her solo acts. Alexa has set a goal to audition for America's Got Talent in the future. Alexa attends Commonwealth Connections Academy Cyber School this allows her additional time to pursue training for contortion with the ambition to perform with Cirque De Soleil and open her own studio someday. Alexa love and passion is contortion but she also studies ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip hop. Alexa is the youngest of 5 she resides with her parents Marcia and Dan Siksa and has 3 sisters and 1 brother..
Shelby Miller is a 15 year old dance student with Amber Terreta Dance Company of Brownsville PA since 2013 studying various aspects of dancing.
She started contortion training with Betsy Shuttleworth from DEPAC in Canonsburg PA this year.
Dancing and bending has been a love of hers since she was 2 years old but she discovered her affinity towards contortion through her acro class.
She has won numerous awards at dance competitions including one special judges award for "extreme flexibility". Her long time goal is to continue to grow as a
contortionist and dancer.
Images of Shelby Miller
Bella Quatre was first put together under the direction of Betsy Shuttleworth fall of 2014.
Bella, Abby, Anita and Alexa had just started training contortion that summer and Anita was in her second year.
The group had a very successful 1st year and was honored to be performing with Le Petit Cirque December of 2015.
Images of Bella Quatre
Alaina Description coming soon.....
Images of Alaina