Classes

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Symbol Overview

Basic

Basic classes are open to all delegates and typically do not require previous experience in the balloon industry or knowledge of industry terms and techniques. In some cases, class content will cross over into the intermediate level.

Intermediate

Requires knowledge of basic skills such as spiral Columns and Arches, balloon tying, and balloon colors and sizes. You should have at least one year of hands-on experience in the industry. Theory is taught at this level, including formulas, cost analysis, and elements of design and trade terminology are used.

Advanced

You should have mastered all basic balloon techniques. Applications of theory are often addressed, including formulas, elements of design, and costs analysis, so you should be knowledgeable in these areas. Questions related to basic industry knowledge and trade terminology will not be addressed.

 

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Retail
Business
Twisting
Design
Decor

 

Class Format Legend

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Hands-On
Lecture
Roundtable

 

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CBA Refresher Course - Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.

This class is highly recommended for anyone who is preparing for their CBA Exam either at WBC or for those who want to take their exam in the future. During this class you will review all the lessons covered in the CBA Exam to ensure that you are ready and prepared. Techniques Taught: Principles and elements of design; classic balloon decor

Instructor: Sue Bowler, CBA
Format: Lecture
Difficulty Level: All

Class Descriptions

  • WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (1:00 – 2:45 PM) and (3:15 – 5:00 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Balloon Art Business Management

    What are some of the everyday actions and steps you need to take in order for your business to grow? Join Luiz as he explores a variety of business topics and tips including how to find your customer, differentiating yourself from competitors, how to establish partnerships, and how to keep customers coming back for more. Techniques Taught: Business management techniques and processes

    Luiz Carlos de Costa Silva, CBA

    None

    Jamming 101

    The true value of the Jam Room is in improvisation, experimentation, and discovery. Encourage your inner artist and join our talented instructors in a series of exercises to develop, stretch, and strengthen your creative eye. Build your skills and confidence as you take your balloons from a craft to an art. Techniques Taught: Best practices for balloon jams; creativity exercises; design & critique process

    David & Shana Brenion

    Nicole Greg, CBA

    Patty Jacobo, CBA 

    Jackie Ochitwa, CBA

    Nao Osaka, CBA

    Sean Rogers, CBA

    Avital & Nir Shechter, CBA

    None

    What Do You Think?

    Have you ever wanted to show off your work to other balloon professionals but were nervous your work was just not good enough? Then come to this class and gain the confidence you need! A team of instructors will look at your work and discuss it with you, giving you honest feedback along with recommendations and tweaks to improve your own designs. Techniques Taught: Improving designs; principles and elements of design

    Dante Longhi, CBA

    Jill Shortreed, CBA

    Classic balloon decor; portfolio or photos of designs

    Selling Balloon Decor

    Do you need advice on how to sell balloon decor? Explore all the ways you can up your selling and marketing game as Valter walks you through the ways he sells an event including positive first impressions, location layouts, and pricing. Techniques Taught: How to sell balloon decor; advice and sales techniques

    Valter Saladino, CBA

    None

    Entertainment 101: How to Structure a Show

    Have you always wanted to perform with balloons? This class will be a crash-course in all things entertainment that will have you putting on a show in no time! Learn how to structure a show, work within time frames, and build the skills and confidence you need to start your own show. Techniques Taught: Crowd handling; types of shows

    Guy Sheffer

    None

     

    All Things Deco Bubbles

    Explore the beauty and flexibility of Deco Bubbles in this class that highlights the many ways you can use them. Made of stretchy plastic, Deco Bubble balloons are non-oxidizing and long-lasting, making them ideal for a variety of decor. Techniques Taught: Techniques to use Deco Bubbles

    Alberto Falcone, CBA

    Basic deco techniques

    Yes! You Can Do Organic Decor

    From simple numbers, hearts, and Arches, Chris, Tina, and Matt will show you the tips and tricks that make organic decor come to life. In this class you will learn how to make some of the more popular designs that have been dominating social media and how easy it is to construct these pieces with confidence. Techniques Taught: Random sizing; visual balance; creating a natural organic looks; added value in balloon shine Chris Adamo, CBA; Tina Giunta, CBA; and Matt Lewis, CBA Enthusiasm and willingness to try organic decor
  • THURSDAY MORNING (8:30 – 10:00 AM) and (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Creating Your Favorite Characters

    Bring your favorite characters to life with the magic of combining twisting and round balloons. Learn how you can create popular characters using a variety of distortion techniques and take them to the next level with additional decor. Techniques Taught: Distortion; character proportions

    Marlys Parra, CBA

    Decor knowledge, basic twisting techniques

    Beach Party Accessories

    Hang ten as you create and twist balloon accessories for the Beach Party. Join an all star lineup of instructors and learn new techniques and designs to add to your business. The twisted pieces created will be available for attendees to wear to the Beach Party.  Techniques Taught: Various twisting techniques

    Eve Antonello & Silvia Santos, CBA

    David & Shana Brenion

    Nicole Greg, CBA

    Edward Muñoz, CBA

    Jackie Ochitwa, CBA

    Sean Rogers, CBA

    Avital & Nir Shechter, CBA

    Basic twisting techniques (pinch twist, loop twist, marriage twist, etc.)

    Following the Trends

    Nothing adds to the success of a balloon shop more than offering the latest trends. Ride the wave with Enza as she shows you new and trendy compositions to increase your sales. She’ll feature bouquets, photo frames, and her award-winning small sculptures. Techniques Taught: Distortion; special effects with Hi-Float; painting balloons

    Enza Mondello, CBA

    Basic balloon knowledge

    Theme Party Centerpieces

    Create fun and festive centerpieces for the Beach Party. This hands-on class features multiple techniques and unique designs from Tina Giunta, the centerpiece maestro. Learn how you can apply these techniques to your business for beautiful and sellable centerpieces. Techniques Taught: Centerpiece construction

    Tina Giunta, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    Paris in Quick Links

    Make any Paris-themed event memorable with these sellable designs. Join Colin as he creates large frameless sculptures using versatile Quick Link Balloons. Find out how going frameless can save your time and money. Techniques Taught: Designing and building a scaled frameless large sculpture

    Colin Stewart, CBA

    Previous work with Quick Links; proper inflation and tying

    Don’t Compete, Win!

    Does your business need a boost? Explore a variety of ways you can take your business to the next level. Learn easy ways to make your competition completely irrelevant to your business, create a buzz around your company using the media, and brand your social media and make it work for you. Techniques Taught: Evaluate your website; connect and build relationships with the media; easy blogging and photo styling ideas; maximizing your social media channels

    Jill Shortreed, CBA

    None

    Theme Party Add-Ons

    Create picture perfect photo opportunities for Thursday night’s Beach Party.  Learn exciting new skills and techniques from Luc as you help make a variety of photo frames for the theme party. Techniques Taught: Creating photo frames; balloon building

    Luc Bertrand, CBA

    Basic balloon decor knowledge, proper inflation skills

    Large Scale Balloon Drops

    When selling a balloon drop, you are also selling an effect so it has to work every time and on time. This class will explore all the points, tips, and tricks that will make you confident to sell large-scale balloon drops and have your client come back for more, time after time.  Techniques Taught: Calculating costs for balloon drops; chain stitch; rigging

    Matt Lewis, CBA

    Speed tying balloons, tying 3-foot balloons; managing a team

    PVC Creations

    Learn and explore how you can manipulate PVC pipes into framework for your balloon designs.  Join David as he teaches everything from basic framing techniques to more advanced sculpting and design, all using lightweight and affordable PVC pipes. Explore different techniques for securing pipes and building solid foundations for profitable creations.  Techniques Taught: Incorporating PVC framing into balloon work; securing PVC techniques

    David Mahoney

    None

    Quick Customized Numbers

    Tired of seeing the same balloon at parties? Come learn how to turn classic balloon numbers into your clients’ favorite characters! By connecting simple pieces together, these Quick Link sculptures become the main attraction at any birthday party. Techniques Taught: Customized Quick Link sculptures; increasing profit

    Dante Longhi, CBA

    Experience with Quick Links; proper inflation and tying
  • THURSDAY AFTERNOON (2:00 – 3:30 PM) and (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Deco with a Twist

    Learn how to create deco-twisted, luau-inspired Columns that are ideal for any beach party. This class focuses on combining twisted and decorating techniques to create a unique design and provide opportunities for up-selling to your clients. Techniques Taught: Blending decor and twisted elements together; basic stacking; rigging; selling

    Sean Rogers, CBA

    Basic twisting skills including pinch twists

    Twisted Animal Characters

    Delight and impress with popular twisted characters. Twist along as Nao shows how he creates loveable animal characters that everyone is sure to recognize. These friendly designs are great additions to decor and bouquets. Techniques Taught: Advanced twisting skills; creating character faces

    Nao Osaka

    Experience with twisting balloons; basic twisting skills

    Babies are BIG Business

    From baby showers to gender reveals, new arrivals and all the way up to first birthdays; it’s no doubt that babies are BIG business! Learn as Dom and Keith share their ideas and top selling baby-themed designs to make the most out of a very profitable market. Techniques Taught: Sales techniques, new designs, retail top tips, efficiencies to improve your profitability

    Dominic Cassidy, CBA; and Keith Stirman, CBA

    None

    Dresses that Wow!

    There is more than one way to make a balloon dress, and this class explores the different approaches you can use. Attendees will learn appropriate techniques on mixing colors and sizes, as well as how to take care of the dress for long-lasting display. Techniques Taught: Different weave techniques; corset technique; different approaches to design top of dress

    Patty Jacobo, CBA

    Comfortable handling entertainer balloons; basic twists

    Selfie Mania - Round and Floral Photo Frames

    Ideal for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and showers, these round photo frames are sure to impress. Learn how to create these trendy, impressive, and easy-to-make round and floral photo frames – made only with helium. Explore a variety of organic and distortion add-ons and upsells. Techniques Taught: Designing with Quick Links; decorating using only helium; color matching; organic and distortion techniques

    Avital Shechter, CBA; and Nir Shechter, CBA

    Basic helium inflation, decor, and Quick Links knowledge

    Lovely and Portable Party Frames

    Party frames are a big hit at any event and has become something most clients ask for. So how do you turn a traditional party frame into something awesome? Join Aleks as he shows you a variety of designs to turn party frames into something lovely and portable. Techniques Taught: Conceptualizing ideas; bending aluminum frames

    Aleks Hernández, CBA

    Experience with twisting balloons; basic twisting skills

    Two-Dimensional Arches

    Arches are structures that have incredible beauty to which we can add elements, colors, and designs that will transform the traditional Arch into an eye-catching design. This class will focus on enhancing all the elements of an Arch to create a visual impact that is sure to stun. Come join Edward, Eve and Silvia for a magical class filled with tips and ideas on how to take your decor to the next level. Techniques Taught: Round balloon techniques; twisting with balloons; distortion

    Eve Antonello, CBA; Edward Muñoz, CBA; and Silvia Santos, CBA

    Classic Balloon Decor

    Nifty Quick Link Costumes & Apparel

    Have you ever wanted to create a large costume? Well then the Nifty Quick Link Costumes class is what you need. Learn quick and creative ways to make a costume for your corporate client, or just as a fun way to promote your business. Techniques Taught: Creating costumes; large scale sculptures

    Nicole Greg, CBA

    Intermediate twisting skills

    Theme Party Centerpieces

    Create fun and festive centerpieces for the Beach Party. This hands-on class features multiple techniques and unique designs from Tina Giunta, the centerpiece maestro. Learn how you can apply these techniques to your business for beautiful and sellable centerpieces. Techniques Taught: Centerpiece construction

    Tina Giunta, CBA

    Basic balloon skills
  • FRIDAY MORNING (9:30 – 10:30 AM) and (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Power Hour: Sales and Corporate Clients

    They say that 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers, so how do you turn your existing client base into repeat business? This Power Hour class is jam-packed with information on how you can sell your services and build a corporate client base with repeat business for years to come. Techniques Taught: Tips and tricks for turning a one-time corporate client into a retainer client

    Colin Stewart, CBA

    None

    Power Hour: Marketing

    Welcome your customers in style! One of the best ways to market your business is to create a great first impression to your customers. Explore all the ways you can welcome your customers through your shop layout as well as creating inviting window displays. Techniques Taught: Organizing your shop; selling techniques; eye-catching window displays; showroom best practices

    Valter Saladino, CBA

    Motivation to sell and a positive attitude

    Power Hour: Deco-Twisting

    Decorating and twisting may seem like two separate schools of thought, but when combined can make an artistic statement. Explore the wonders of deco-twisting with Alberto as he shows you how to combine the two different styles to achieve deliverable designs with strong visual impacts. Techniques Taught: Deco-twisting best practices; sellable designs

    Alberto Falcone, CBA

    Basic twisting and balloon decor knowledge

    Gala Centerpiece

    Lights, camera, action! In this hands-on class, delegates will create centerpieces for Saturday night’s Red Carpet Gala. Designed by Anne McGovern, these centerpieces feature elegant yet sellable designs and techniques to turn any event into a feature presentation.

    Anne McGovern, CBA

    Comfortable handling entertainer balloons; basic twists

    Power Hour: Quicker with the Link – Story Time

    Are there characters from your favorite stories that you would love to twist? Join Nicole as she recreates some popular story time characters using Quick Links. Whether you are a twister, decorator, or something in between, Nicole will make these designs quick, easy, and effective. Techniques Taught: Twisting techniques

    Nicole Greg, CBA

    Basic twisting skills

    Power Hour: Social Media

    Do you have a question about Facebook? Pinterest? YouTube? Join Pioneer’s social media team as they answer any and all of your questions about social media. Learn how you can boost and promote your business using a variety of platforms. Techniques Taught: Boosting your business; social media best practices

    Eleonore Verfaillie

    Rachel Miller

    Understanding of social media platforms

    Power Hour: Decor Accents

    Does your Classic Balloon Decor need to be kicked up a notch? Learn how to create and add fun and unique decor accents to your columns and arches. Ideal for a variety of parties and events, these designs are sure to impress any crowd. This Power Hour class is jam packed with useful information and inspirational designs. Techniques Taught: Quick and easy sellables; long-lasting decor

    Eve Antonello, CBA; and Silvia Santos, CBA

    Classic Balloon Decor

    Power Hour: Decorate for Speed and Money

    Do you want to improve your efficiency and make more money? Learn how to organize and prepare your work space and jobs so you can increase your work speed and make the most money. The class will break into teams and have a friendly competition to put your new skills to the test. Techniques Taught: How to create decor quickly and correctly; improving your decorating speed

    Jill Shortreed, CBA

    None
  • FRIDAY AFTERNOON (2:00 – 3:30 PM) and (4:00 – 5:30 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Customizing Balloons with Vinyl

    Have you thought about adding vinyl to your balloons but not sure where to start? In this jam-packed seminar, Dom and Keith will share their in-depth knowledge and show you how you can make more money by using the Silhouette Cameo to create personalized balloons. Techniques Taught: How to use and create on vinyl machines

    Dominic Cassidy, CBA; and Keith Stirman, CBA

    None

    Backpack Pals – Wearable “WOW!” in Minutes

    Backpack Pals are large, impressive character faces that come together quickly and efficiently for adorable, comfortable display in backpack form. These mobile billboards will not only be the life of the party, but are a great way to promote your business. Backpack pals are sure to impress children and adults alike, and are cleverly engineered for maximum cuteness! Techniques Taught: Twisting with larger balloons; how to perform the design live; best photos to take

    David & Shana Brenion

    Jamming 101 is helpful but not required; inflating and tying 12" Quick Links

    Money-Making Centerpieces

    Get inspired and learn how you can make elegant and sellable centerpieces by two all-star instructors. Join Patty and Marlys as they show you designs with great visual impact, how to personalize with color, and using different shapes including foil and Bubble balloons. Techniques Taught: Double stuffing; adding value to designs; distortion techniques

    Patty Jacobo, CBA

    Marlys Parra, CBA

    Experience with all balloon types including foils and Bubbles

    Fabulous Wedding Decor for the Modern Bride

    Explore a wide range of elegant wedding designs with a modern twist! During this class you will learn how to research and implement modern trends into classic wedding decor, including organic elements, color matching, and fabulous accessories such as flowers, fabric, lights, and more. Techniques Taught: Implementing modern trends; accessorizing balloons

    Sue Bowler, CBA

    Basic knowledge of balloon skills and techniques

    Balloon Stack’ems

    Twist along as Jackie shows you how to create beautiful balloon stackable balloon creations that can be easily put together for any occasion including Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, baby showers, and more. Take this flexible design and stack it two or three high to make it a centerpiece or Column. Clients will love the visual buffet these structures offer and the small footprint they leave behind. Techniques Taught: Deco-twisting techniques; sellable designs

    Jackie Ochitwa

    Basic twisting skills (pinch twists, loop twists, marriage twists, etc.)

    Large Outdoor Structures

    Creating large structures designed to withstand outdoor elements is no easy task, but it is a great service to offer your customers. This class will explore the practical assembly of a large outdoor structure with the use of alternating Garland techniques and duplets. Get some hands-on experience as these structures are built step-by-step. Techniques Taught: Building and installing large outdoor decorations

    Luiz Carlos de Costa Silva, CBA

    Intermediate balloon skills

    Walls and Textures

    Learn how to design awesome walls starting from conceptualization to computer rendering and implementation. Aleks will walk you through programs and apps that will help you create the perfect designs while saving time. Techniques Taught: Rendering designs; sketching software

    Aleks Hernández, CBA

    Knowledge of Quick Links, SDS panels

    After Party Design & Construction, Part 1 (2-3:30 PM)

    Join Chris to build components for the “After Party” decor! The class will begin with discussion on the design and pitch for large-scale decor and how to use technology to give you an edge. We will then walk through some valuable Quick Link and foil inflation tips before breaking into groups for hands-on experience. Techniques Taught: Balloon decor design principles; methods to pitch/sell large scale decor; Quick Link construction

    Chris Adamo, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    After Party Design & Construction, Part 2 (4-5:30 PM)

    Be a part of decor build for the WBC After Party! The class will include a discussion on the importance of planning, time management, and delegation. We will then break into groups for hands-on inflation and connecting components from the previous class. Techniques Taught: Calculating stock and estimating production time; how to manage teams efficiently; rigging methods

    Chris Adamo, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    Gala Centerpiece

    Lights, camera, action! In this hands-on class, delegates will create centerpieces for Saturday night’s Red Carpet Gala. Designed by Anne McGovern, these centerpieces feature elegant yet sellable designs and techniques to turn any event into a feature presentation.

    Anne McGovern, CBA

    Comfortable handling entertainer balloons; basic twists
  • SATURDAY MORNING 1 (8:30 – 10:00 AM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Beach Weddings

    Create the right atmosphere for your clients’ beach wedding with bright colors and intricate detail. Join Enza as she demonstrates a variety of designs that will make the event picture perfect including decor for the altar, chairs, and centerpieces. Techniques Taught: Organic balloon decor; fantasy flowers, principles and elements of design

    Enza Mondello, CBA

    Basic balloon knowledge

    Advanced Twisting

    Challenge yourself with this fast-paced class. Twist along as Nao teaches a variety of advanced designs featuring intricate details and creative techniques. Learn how to make an eagle in flight, angel wings, and more.

    Nao Osaka

    Intermediate twisting skills

    Building Blocks of Entertainment

    Whether you are new to entertaining or a pro that needs a refresher, there’s something for everyone in this class. Guy will focus on best practices for building an entertaining and successful show, as well as the importance of adding entertainment to both twisting and decor while working in front of clients. Techniques Taught: Creating new shows and acts; self-confidence; work visibility

    Guy Sheffer

    None

    Swimming Pool Decor

    Do you want to add movement and motion to your outdoor decor? Creating designs specifically for swimming pools is a great sellable service to offer your clients. Find out how to get started with best practices and unique inspiration from Dante. Techniques Taught: Creating long-lasting swimming pool decor

    Dante Longhi, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    Centerpieces for Every Occasion

    Create eye-catching and memorable centerpieces for any occasion including weddings, children’s parties, Communion, and corporate events. Explore the possibilities as Edward teaches some of his most popular designs and techniques to make centerpieces the star of any event. Techniques Taught: Deco-twisting; distortion

    Edward Muñoz, CBA

    Classic Balloon Decor

    The Perfect Match – Q-Boom and Quick Links

    Take your decor to the next level with this crowd-pleasing duo: Q-Boom and Quick Links! When combined, these products can create awesome special effects including releases and popping balloons. Learn how you can add a “Wow!” factor to any party. Techniques Taught: Q-Boom best practices; balloon drops

    Dominic Cassidy, CBA; and Keith Stirman, CBA

    Inflating and tying Quick Links

    Quick Link Surprise Transformation

    Transform any space into something unique and eye-catching. Join Eve & Silvia as they explore the possibilities of Quick Links and stitching techniques. Find out how to create beautiful designs plus ways you can upsell with add-ons. Techniques Taught: Stitching; Quick Links

    Eve Antonello, CBA; and Silvia Santos, CBA

     

    Millennials to Millions

    Learning the art of finding, handling, and retaining quality crew members is the key to success in the balloon industry. David will show how you can build and grow your staff to produce jobs every day of the year. Explore ways to find help, management tips, and how to manage grow your staff and business. Techniques Taught: Staffing and management techniques 

    David Mahoney

    None

    After Party Design & Construction, Part 2

    Be a part of decor build for the WBC After Party! The class will include a discussion on the importance of planning, time management, and delegation. We will then break into groups for hands-on inflation and connecting components from the previous class. Techniques Taught: Calculating stock and estimating production time; how to manage teams efficiently; rigging methods

    Chris Adamo, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    After Party Centerpieces & Add-Ons

    Get the (after) party started with show-stopping designs and decor. This hands-on class will create centerpieces and add-ons for the After Party on Saturday night. Learn from two of Australia’s premiere designers about decor that sells.

    Chris Adamo, CBA

    Tina Giunta, CBA

    Basic decor skills
  • SATURDAY MORNING 2 (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Advanced Twisting

    Challenge yourself with this fast-paced class. Twist along as Nao teaches a variety of advanced designs featuring intricate details and creative techniques. Learn how to make an eagle in flight, angel wings, and more.

    Nao Osaka

    Intermediate twisting skills

    All About the Base

    It’s all about the base! This class features a variety of balloon base designs and techniques that can fit any budget. Explore fun and creative base options that put the finishing touches on your bouquets. Techniques Taught: Unique base ideas; balloons as bases

    Cam Woody, CBA

    Basic balloon decor; California Law; Principles & Elements of Design

    Twisted Designs to Blow Your Mind

    This fast-paced class will feature popular and sellable designs that’ll make you money. Join Sean as he discusses his tips and tricks to add detail, durability, motion, and realism to your designs – taking them to the next level and wowing your customers. Techniques Taught: Multifunctional designs; business tips; increasing your item menu

    Sean Rogers, CBA

    Knowledge of basic twisting techniques

    Swimming Pool Decor

    Do you want to add movement and motion to your outdoor decor? Creating designs specifically for swimming pools is a great sellable service to offer your clients. Find out how to get started with best practices and unique inspiration from Dante. Techniques Taught: Creating long-lasting swimming pool decor

    Dante Longhi, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    The Gilded Age: Adding Value with Embellished 36" Rounds

    Qualatex 36" Rounds have always been a crowd pleaser and such an easy up-sell; no base plates or framing to strike and pick up. These designs are great for weddings, corporate decor, or any luxe party. Shana will teach you how to instantly multiply the perceived value of your 3-footers by offering Intagram-worthy haute upgrades! Techniques Taught: Best practices for 3-foot rounds; embellishment upsells; how to market

    David & Shana Brenion

    Inflating and typing large balloons; working with helium

     

     

    The Perfect Match – Q-Boom and Quick Links

    Take your decor to the next level with this crowd-pleasing duo: Q-Boom and Quick Links! When combined, these products can create awesome special effects including releases and popping balloons. Learn how you can add a “Wow!” factor to any party. Techniques Taught: Q-Boom best practices; balloon drops

    Dominic Cassidy, CBA; and Keith Stirman, CBA

    Inflating and tying Quick Links

    Quick Link Surprise Transformation

    Transform any space into something unique and eye-catching. Join Eve & Silvia as they explore the possibilities of Quick Links and stitching techniques. Find out how to create beautiful designs plus ways you can upsell with add-ons. Techniques Taught: Stitching; Quick Links

    Eve Antonello, CBA; and Silvia Santos, CBA

     

    Millennials to Millions

    Learning the art of finding, handling, and retaining quality crew members is the key to success in the balloon industry. David will show how you can build and grow your staff to produce jobs every day of the year. Explore ways to find help, management tips, and how to manage grow your staff and business. Techniques Taught: Staffing and management techniques 

    David Mahoney

    None

    After Party Design & Construction, Part 2

    Be a part of decor build for the WBC After Party! The class will include a discussion on the importance of planning, time management, and delegation. We will then break into groups for hands-on inflation and connecting components from the previous class. Techniques Taught: Calculating stock and estimating production time; how to manage teams efficiently; rigging methods

    Chris Adamo, CBA

    Basic balloon skills

    After Party Centerpieces & Add-Ons

    Get the (after) party started with show-stopping designs and decor. This hands-on class will create centerpieces and add-ons for the After Party on Saturday night. Learn from two of Australia’s premiere designers about decor that sells.

    Chris Adamo, CBA

    Tina Giunta, CBA

    Basic decor skills

    Creating Magic on Paper

    Words can describe but images sell. Research shows that the human brain is able to process a visual image up to 60,000 times faster than the same information in text form. Creating realistic-looking visualizations would make selling easy, but remains a challenge for many of us. In this class, Luc will show how easy it can be to make a stunning presentation using tools you already have. Techniques Taught: Design visuals; selling decor

    Luc Bertrand, CBA

    Principles and Elements of Design

    How to Make a Winning Pitch Join guest speaker Stuart Davies as he walks you through the “Ps” of a winning pitch: problem, planning, preparedness, pricing, and the ultimate proposal. Stuart has won several high-profile jobs thanks to his professional proposals, including working with Walt Disney International and the WBC Welcome Event.

    Stuart Davies, CBA

     

    Business Basics
  • SATURDAY AFTERNOON (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM)
    Difficulty Category Format Class Name Description Instructor Prerequisites

    Beach Weddings

    Create the right atmosphere for your clients’ beach wedding with bright colors and intricate details. Join Enza as she demonstrates a variety of designs that will make the event picture perfect including decor for the altar, chairs, and centerpieces. Techniques Taught: Organic balloon decor; fantasy flowers, principles and elements of design

    Enza Mondello, CBA

    Basic balloon knowledge

    Building Blocks of Entertainment

    Whether you are new to entertaining or a pro that needs a refresher, there’s something for everyone in this class. Guy will focus on best practices for building an entertaining and successful show, as well as the importance of adding entertainment to both twisting and decor while working in front of clients. Techniques Taught: Creating new shows and acts; self-confidence; work visibility

    Guy Sheffer

    None

    All About the Base

    It’s all about the base! This class features a variety of balloon base designs and techniques that can fit any budget. Explore fun and creative base options that put the finishing touches on your bouquets. Techniques Taught: Unique base ideas; balloons as bases

    Cam Woody, CBA

    Basic balloon decor; California Law; Principles & Elements of Design

    Twisted Designs to Blow Your Mind

    This fast-paced class will feature popular and sellable designs that’ll make you money. Join Sean as he discusses his tips and tricks to add detail, durability, motion, and realism to your designs – taking them to the next level and wowing your customers. Techniques Taught: Multifunctional designs; business tips; increasing your item menu

    Sean Rogers, CBA

    Knowledge of basic twisting techniques

    Centerpieces for Every Occasion

    Create eye-catching and memorable centerpieces for any occasion including weddings, children’s parties, Communion, and corporate events. Explore the possibilities as Edward teaches some of his most popular designs and techniques to make centerpieces the star of any event. Techniques Taught: Deco-twisting; distortion

    Edward Muñoz, CBA

    Classic Balloon Decor

    The Gilded Age: Adding Value with Embellished 36" Rounds

    Qualatex 36" Rounds have always been a crowd pleaser and such an easy up-sell; no base plates or framing to strike and pick up. These designs are great for weddings, corporate decor, or any luxe party. Shana will teach you how to instantly multiply the perceived value of your 3-footers by offering Intagram-worthy haute upgrades! Techniques Taught: Best practices for 3-foot rounds; embellishment upsells; how to market

    David & Shana Brenion

    Inflating and typing large balloons; working with helium

    Quicker with the Link

    Join Nifty Nicole on a Quick Link journey of enlightenment. Nicole will guide you through the amazing opportunities Quick Links can give your twisted designs, centerpieces, and deliveries. Create quick and effective twisted designs that can be added to your current services or given away in line work. The possibilities are endless! Techniques Taught: Manipulating and creating new shapes; twisting techniques

    Nicole Greg, CBA

    Basic twisting skills

    Creating Magic on Paper

    Words can describe but images sell. Research shows that the human brain is able to process a visual image up to 60,000 times faster than the same information in text form. Creating realistic-looking visualizations would make selling easy, but remains a challenge for many of us. In this class, Luc will show how easy it can be to make a stunning presentation using tools you already have. Techniques Taught: Design visuals; selling decor

    Luc Bertrand, CBA

    Principles and Elements of Design

     

    How to Make a Winning Pitch Join guest speaker Stuart Davies as he walks you through the “Ps” of a winning pitch: problem, planning, preparedness, pricing, and the ultimate proposal. Stuart has won several high-profile jobs thanks to his professional proposals, including working with Walt Disney International and the WBC Welcome Event.

    Stuart Davies, CBA

    Business Basics

NOTE: Class content and instructors are subject to change without notice.