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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?

Turf: 
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.

Turf: 
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?

Turf: 
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?

Turf:
Opening for the Nathan Burton Magic Show.

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

Turf:
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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