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Acro Spotlight of the Month - Chrissy Antoniades
posted on 03/25/2021

The Growth and Development Spotlight of the Month is Chrissy Antoniades. Chrissy is a former Senior National Team member that has taken her acrobatic skills and passion into the performance world.

How did you get started in Acrobatic Gymnastics?
"I was doing ballroom dancing and when I was 12 years old I saw my old coach Daniil at a bat-mitzvah and he told me to come check out the team. I did and the rest is history!"

What did you like about Acrobatic Gymnastics?
"There are so many reasons I love Acro. For starters I loved being able to be a part of a partnership. I didn’t just gain friends from Acro, I truly have girls I would consider sisters who are still a huge part of my life today. On top of that later on we got to travel the world together and make so many wonderful memories."

What were you favorite memories from your career?
"First off I will never forget my first international competition in Geneva, Switzerland in 2011. It is truly the best feeling in the world to be able to compete for your country especially the first time. Later on in my career I’m so grateful to have been a part of two world championship in Florida and Paris. Lastly, being a part of the original troupe of AcroArmy. Our goal was to spread Acro to the world and I believe we accomplished that."

Who are your biggest inspirations in Acrobatic Gymnastics?
"My biggest inspirations in Acro would be my two coaches Elena and Daniil. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Elena was world champion back when she competed and was such a role model and someone I truly looked up to and was so grateful to call her my coach. Not only was Daniil my coach but I have known him since I was two years old and considered him a grandfather figure. Both of them deserve so much more Recognition for not only making amazing athletes but making sure kids leave the gym good people."

How was your experience competing at World Championships and being on the Senior National Team?
"I will never forget both world championships. The experience is unlike any other. Being chosen to represent your country and compete against over 30 countries is such an honor. As junior elite I remember just having so much fun. I met so many people from around the world that I am now coworkers with. As part of senior national team there is a bit more of a responsibility. You are traveling for competitions a lot more and the younger kids look up to you. You are now the one inspiring the future."

How did you feel after you finished your Acro competitive career - did you know what the next steps were for you?
"After I finished my Arco career I felt a bit lost as most athletes do when they finish. I hadn’t found another passion of mine and was working the front counter at a gym while going to community college. I knew deep down this wasn’t the path I wanted for myself and I wanted to continue performing in some way or another."

What lead you to performing in shows?
"As stated previously, I wasn’t happy just settling when I knew deep down there was another path for me. I saw an audition advertisement on Facebook for a show I had never heard of. I figured I had nothing to lose quickly made a demo from my competitions and sent it in. I got the audition, flew to California and turned out I was auditioning for the show The House of Dancing Water in Macau, China. I ended up getting the job and stayed in the show for 3 1/2 years. My acrobatic gymnastics background helped me immensely but when I go there they taught me so many things such as diving from 10 meters, aerial, and became the backup for the main character. Now I am currently working and performing in the show La Perle in Dubai."

What advice would you give to other acrobats that want to perform after they are done competing?
"If you want to perform after you are done competing my best advice is to have a positive attitude, put in the hard work, and never give up. I have seen over the years the most talented performers not get a job because of having a bad attitude and not being able to work with others. For some shows, the basics isn’t enough. If you really want to get into this profession it might require to go to a circus school and learn a few other disciplines."