Instructor Profiles

Connie Iden-Monds

Balloon twisting and decor isn’t what it used to be – or at least, not with the national and international award-winning balloon artistry and entertainment company, Party Animals. From simple cartoon characters to larger than life size sculptures and decor, Connie Iden-Monds brings her remarkable talent to many more adult festivities than children’s parties. In fact, corporate entertainment is the foundation of the Nashville-based company’s 12 percent annual growth over the past decade, and Connie boasts a list of notable names among her list of satisfied clients and repeat customers.

Connie’s experience with balloon twisting started in college when, after delivering a singing telegram, she was offered a job working children’s parties. She was handed a library book on twisting, and she mastered the art in short order because she really, “can’t stand to hear balloons pop.” Soon after, her career “exploded,” and she threw herself into international competitions, always bringing home a string of awards. Most notably, she is still the only American woman to win in the twisting competition of the European Millennium Jam Balloon Artist competition, was named 2004 Ballooniversity Designer of the Year and the only woman to ever win IBAC Entertainer of the Year (2003).

The staff and entertainers at Party Animals also place in many competitions and provide a creative twist to more than 2,100 private and corporate events every year.