- What is the "Gristy"?
- Who has been awarded "Top Twister"?
Nothing except an open mind, some fingers to twist, and a friendly attitude. Other Items you might want to bring:
- Camera with lots of film
- Warm clothes in case you want to go outside
- Business cards
- A notebook to take lots of notes, ideas and stolen jokes and one-liners
- Balloons (but there will be plenty there to purchase and free samples as well) and a way to inflate them
- No-Doz, Red Bull, Coffee or your favorite caffeinated beverage
This concept was started by Tom Myers at his first TJam back in 1999. The idea is that an attendee only needs to pay for the classes they take. The class fee goes directly to the instructor and so, the better an instructor or class is, the more money that instructor makes. In addition, some attendees may not want to take classes, they may come just for the competitions or jamming - why make them pay for something they aren't going to use?
The Twist & Shout staff and producers have taken surveys as to whether or not to keep this system or go to rolling in the fees into the registration, and we found there is a large majority (83%) who want the $5 per class fee to stay. So for now we will keep this system. We may in the future change to a one price system, but not this year.
- Your Registration fee includes admission to the Vendor area
- Admission to the 23 -hour -a-day Jam Room (and any free samples the balloon companies give out)
- Many chances to hob-nob and pick the brains of the best Balloon Instructors around
- A Welcome Reception with hors d'oerves
- Entry to all the balloon competitions, and voting privileges to said competitions
- Free Admission to the Stage Entertainment Competition/Show
- Gala Banquet Awards Show Saturday Night
- Continental Breakfast Sunday Morning
- A Goodie Bag filled with free sample, coupons and other Fun Stuff!
Twist & Shout has a $160 registration rate for kids 12 and under. They will be allowed into all areas of the convention and treated as any other convention attendee, although they will get a kids meal at the Banquet. They should be accompanied at all times by an adult with either their own convention badge or a T&S issued parental ID. If any child is found without his or her guardian, they both may be asked to leave the convention.
* The hotel has a FREE shuttle!!!
Airport shuttle service, scheduled, complimentary, see the hotel information page for more details
Hotel Phone: 1 585-546-6400
How do I get to the Raddison if I'm driving? - Mapquest
Raddison Rochester Riverside
120 East Main St
Rochester NY 14604 USA
Chicken Maison (Chicken Breast stuffed with Brie. New York apples, Cranberries & Onions. Served with a Creamy Veloute Sauce)
Rolls & Butter
Coffee or Tea
**** If you have any food allergies, or dietary requirements ******
(Gluten Free/Kosher/Vegetarian/Vegan), please note them on your registration form or notify the T&S registration desk when you arrive at the hotel. You must let the T&S Staff know about your dietary needs at least one week in advance for us an the Hotel to be able to accommodate you.
YOU MUST LET US KNOW BY JAN 31 IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
The design will be a standard 3 twist doggie with the words
Fold, Twist, Repeat
The deadline for ordering a shirt for 2014 is past
We usually have a few extra on-hand at the registration desk, They go on sale at the Registration desk Noon on Saturday, but they sell out fast. For Extra Large Sizes (2X - 4X), no additional shirts will be available - All oversized shirts MUST be pre-ordered. All Sweatshirts must be pre-ordered, no extras will be available onsite. Shirts can be pre-ordered until Jan 5, 2014
Hotel Liquor Regulations: Hotel’s liquor license requires that
alcoholic beverages only be supplied and dispensed by Hotel
employees. Alcohol service will be denied to those guests who appear
to be intoxicated or under age. Hotel will refuse service to guests
without proper identification.
State Law limits the service of alcoholic beverages to (2) drinks per person per trip to the bar. Hotel reserves the right to discontinue service for the entire event should this be deemed
necessary and reasonable.
Twist & Shout will only accept written notices of cancellation (Letter, Email, Fax). Cancellations up to 30 days before the event will receive a full refund, minus a $25 handling fee per registration. Any cancellations with less than 30 days notice will result in 50% cancellation fee. Any Cancellations after that will receive no refund. However we will allow you to sell your registration to another person, as long as you notify Twist & Shout as soon as possible.
There are a few unofficial events that have become tradition among the Twist & Shout attendees:
Pajama Jam: After the Wednesday welcome reception and competitions, Tawney Noreen hosts a Late Nite Pajama Jam in the Jam Room. Pajama contests, twisting contests and tons of fun! Estimated start time 11 pm. The Pajama Jam is just a welcoming atmosphere that says we're a community of crazy people. So, it's fun, relaxed, and not structured at all. We'll have contests, story time, and both balloon companies are donating prizes- we find creative ways to give it all away!
Sunday Evening "No Balloon" Gathering. Those of us who are staying the extra day usually will gather for a relaxing dinner, to wind down and ease back into the real world after being overloaded with balloon knowledge. Everyone will pay their own way. We have created a game of not saying "balloon", or picture of a balloon, with 25 cent fines for any penalty And $1 penalty for any actual balloon on your person or picture on your clothing, (proceeds going to the waitstaff's tip who put up with our silliness) and that blame rests squarely wth John Holmes the inventor of the game. We will gather in the hotel lobby 6:00 pm on Sunday evening.
Somewhere between the west coast and mid-west
We have picked our instructors for 2014, but you can apply to be an instructor for 2015 somewhere on the west coast.
Anyone wanting to be a Twist & Shout Instructor (including all past instructors) need to fill out an Instructor Application form. This form will include all your contact information as well as Biography and past experience teaching and titles and descriptions of the classes you would like to offer. You can submit these applications at T&S in person in Rochester, or the form needs to be submitted to the T&S offices by August 20 2014 for consideration for the 2015 convention. Application forms can be downloaded by clicking HERE
The Gristy is an award Twist & Shout awards each year to a balloon artist that demonstrates the
values of David Grist. He was a mentor, friend, talented artist, and teacher from England. The core values he had were Inspiration, Innovation, Friendship, and Joy towards all his fellow artists. The award has been presented in the past to :
Donn Caldwell, Royal Sorell, John Holmes, Ralph Dewey,
Robbie Furman, Ken Stillman, "Stretch" Clendennen, and Balloon HQ(Larry Moss, Mark Balzer and Sheena Beaverson) Guido Verhoeff
You must enter Small, Medium, and Large Artistic Balloon Competition to be eligible. The winner is determined by adding the total number of votes in all 3 catagorys.
Past winners are:
Debbie Stevens, Rie Hosoki, Vicky Kimble, Fabrizio Bolzoni, Jack Mattson, Daniel Herron,
Rob Balchunas, Nancy Dalton, Mark Verge, Dennis Scott, Jason Secoda.
What's the Fine Print?
By attending or entering this Twist & Shout balloon convention, you consent to have your work and likeness photographed and videotaped by BalloonHQ, the Twist & Shout staff, convention sponsors, attendees, guests and others. By attending or entering this convention you further consent to allow these photos/videos to be displayed anywhere in all forms and media for any lawful purpose, including publication without remuneration or further notice to you.