Name / Alina Syunkova
Born / Saratov, Russia
Age began training / 4
Education / Stanford University, B.A., International Relations
Athletic background / rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming
I began Rhythmic Gymnastics at age 4, to compete as a Synchronized Swimmer some years later. I picked up ballet along the way - it is so fundamental to all performing arts movement! Gradually, my passion for motion in the water evolved into a passion for motion in the air. Aerial arts came into my life very naturally.
I do a great deal of training and conditioning, currently focusing on the aerial hoop and contortion. My favorite system for training and conditioning is rooted in ballet and in rhythmic gymnastics. I pay homage to conditioning with barre work, ankle weights, Thera-Bands, contortion canes, etc., for an hour (or several hours) before I even touch the aerial apparatus. In the air, in addition to aerial hoop, I love working on static and dance trapeze, the silks and the hammock. Outside the circus, I take ballet barre class, work on synchronized swimming technique and conditioning at the pool, and do Bikram yoga.
I created this website for three key reasons:
- as a chronicle of my day to day artistic journey
- as a platform to generate ideas and collaboration
- as a way to share beauty and inspiration with those who may seek it
If you would like to collaborate or have questions about using an image you find on my website, please Contact Me.
All Training photos are taken by instructors and fellow artists, capturing moments of our daily work. I have also been very fortunate to work with brilliant photographers from time to time. Their photos are featured in the Photography gallery. I credit photographers with links to the their own websites, where you can contact them directly.
I hope that my story will provide you with something inspiring and useful for your own journey - enjoy! xx Love and Light