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Q&A with Turf The Contortionist

Category Show and Tell

|by Maureen Mariano |

Known as Turf The Contortionist, Alonzo Jones brought his triple-jointed body bends to Season 7 of “America’s Got Talent” that left celebrity judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern, along with the entire nation, completely awestruck. Now, Las Vegas audiences get to experience his one-of-a-kind blend of hard-hitting hip hop moves and freakishly extreme mangled maneuvers during V – The Ultimate Variety Show and Zombie Burlesque at the V Theater. Turf can twist his body into a series of astounding shapes and figures without breaking a bone. But how does he do it? Find out below as he talks about his jaw-dropping flexibility and his journey in the city he’s made his “Turf.”

Turf The Contortionist

ShowTickets: How did you come up with the name “Turf”?

Turf: Came from the style of dancing from my neighborhood called TURF.

ST: When did your passion for dance begin?

Turf: When I saw “You Got Served” the movie.

ST: What inspired you to get into contortionism?

A group called Ring Masters on America’s Best Dance Crew.

ST: Most people can’t bend, twist or stretch their bodies that far without breaking a bone. How do you do it? Were you always flexible?

Turf: I started working on my flexibility at 13 years old. The more I’ve worked on it, the more flexible I’ve become.

ST: How do you keep evolving your craft? Have you sustained any injuries trying new contortion moves?

Turf: Massages, drinking lots of water, and practice every day! I have never been injured.

ST: Describe your most challenging contortion move.

It’s called the “Tsunami,” where I twist my torso in half from back to front to face the audience.

ST: What music do you like to dance/contort to?

Hip hop and dub step.

ST: From V – The Ultimate Variety Show to Zombie Burlesque, what excites you most about performing in Las Vegas?

Turf: Having the opportunity to perform nightly on the Las Vegas Strip.

ST: Some audience members cringe, while others are in complete awe of your contortions. How do audience reactions fuel your performance?

Turf: It excites me more when the crowds get grossed out – not from their cheers.

ST: Looking back from where you started before America’s Got Talent to now performing in Las Vegas, what has been the proudest moment of your career?

Opening for the Nathan Burton Magic Show.

ST: Do you have any advice for aspiring dancers/contortionists?

Stretch, drinks lots of water, and practice! No days off or you will lose it.

ST: What do you like to do in Las Vegas when you’re not performing?

Turf: I am a “foodie.” I love eating at all of the different restaurants in Las Vegas.

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