The Amazing instructors setting sail on Cruising & Ballooning!!  


Tope Abulude, (Balloon Inspirations, United Kingdom) is an award winning balloon artist with over 20 years of experience in the balloon industry. Known for his awe inspiring designs, he has designed fabulous events not only for his private clients but for major industry events such as IBAC and WBC as well. This accomplished instructor teaches a wide range of decor skills from the Qualatex fundamentals to advanced balloon decor. He is an internationally acclaimed instructor who has taught in the U.S, Europe, Africa, South America, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand  and soon on the High Seas!



Silvia Santos is the owner of Party Planet.  She was half of the dynamic, award winning design team that included herself and Eve Antonello, and received the prestigious Brazilian Executive Award and won awards at The Qualatex Event, London, England in 2011 and the World Balloon Convention in 2012. She has received the honor of being highlighted in Qualatex’s yearly calendar, featured in Qualatex’s catalogs worldwide and in the publication “Images”.  She has many years of experience in the balloon industry.  Her ability to speak Portuguese (her native language), English and Spanish has opened the gateway for her expertise and knowledge to be shared with designers around the world.


Carolyn Truby of Tru-B-Loons Event and Party Décor, Germantown, Maryland is an award-winning balloon artist who is steadily rising in the balloon industry.  This singer, artist, accountant, attorney, and tool belt diva brings very valuable resources to the balloon community from her diverse background.  From beautiful fantasy flowers, exciting sculptures and deco-twisting,  Carolyn enjoys the challenge of crafting beautiful balloon décor. Her innovative nature and creativity have earned her awards from every parade she’s entered. Carolyn enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge and did so recently as an instructor at the FLOAT 2017 convention where she also earned two decor awards for her accomplished balloon decor.  She looks forward to Cruising and Ballooning with you in 2019!


Po -hsun Liao, CBA is a multi-talented balloon artist from Taiwan. He has taught in Hong Kong and Taiwan and participated as a team member in many balloon competitions throughout  Asia; and as a member of the Chinese team at World Balloon Convention.  Po-hsun is well known for his distortion techniques, techniques using linking balloons and his overall skill with round and non-round balloons. He is very excited to be making is teaching debut  in the USA and can’t wait to meet you!