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!


Michael Crayton of Magical Balloons In Texas, USA is an amazingly talented balloon artist who has been wowing people with his awesome designs for over two decades.  Michael is an award winning balloon artist who won the Balloon Excellence, Ralph Dewey Rising Star Award in 2007 and 1st place in small sculpture using non-rounds at Balloon Camp.  He has also been a featured artist in the Qualatex Balloon Magic magazine.  Michael has attended over 38 balloon conventions and countless balloon seminars over the last few years.  He enjoys sharing his skills and talents with other members of the balloon community and has introduced many “stackers” to the joys of twisting. 


Eve Antonello and Silvia Santos are the owners of Party Planet.  This dynamic, award winning design team has received the prestigious Brazilian Executive Award and won awards at The Qualatex Event, London, England in 2011 and the World Balloon Convention in 2012. They have received the honor of being highlighted in Qualatex’s yearly calendar, featured in Qualatex’s catalogs worldwide and in the publication “Images”.  They have combined experience of 18 years in the balloon industry.  With their vivacious personalities, they are on balloon decorators “must attend” lists when teaching at any convention. Their ability to speak Portuguese (their native language), English and Spanish has opened the gateway for their 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!



Patricia Jacobo Sheridan, of Illusion & Art Balloons is an extremely talented, award winning balloon artist and fashionista who has taught at several events throughout the U.S.A. and South America.  Best known for her spectacular balloon dresses, her fantasy flower and distortion techniques are equally amazing.  Patricia has participated in many industry competitions and has won several awards at  WBC 2010 & 2012; and the West Coast Balloon Convention just to name a few.  She is very excited to be a part of this unique balloon convention and looks forward to sailing with you!


The super talented twins Anatoly and Sergey Shevchenko are relatively new to the balloon industry. Their talents are undeniable! They have applied their creativity, vision and artistic talents to the world of balloons and what they do with distortion will astound you. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from them as they share their skills and techniques with you at their USA teaching debut aboard Cruising & Ballooning 2019!