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The Qualatex Education Tour is back to rock your world – the whole world!

Qualatex is hitting the road with a rock star lineup of instructors, brand new classes, and exciting networking opportunities. Enjoy exclusive backstage access to the most sought-after industry event as we tour major cities all around the world. Join us for an international tour full of valuable designs and techniques that’ll amp up your business!

Click your region below to find out more about Tour stops in your area.

Australia and New Zealand

Sydney, New South Wales
March 5-6, 2017

Melbourne, Victoria
March 5-6, 2017

Brisbane, Queensland
March 5-6, 2017
Perth, West Australia
March 12-13, 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
March 12-13, 2017

Adelaide, South Australia
March 19-20, 2017


As cidades do Brasil da Qualatex Tour serão anunciadas em breve!


Canada will be hosting Tour stops in the following cities in 2017.

All TWO DAY Stops will feature the Advanced Quick Links class on day one AND the Twisted Tour class on day two.

Boucherville, QC
April 2-3, 2017
Colin Stewart & Derek Wong

Register for Boucherville, QC, April 2-3, 2017

Toronto, ON
April 6-7, 2017
Phileas Flash & Colin Stewart

Register for Toronto, ON, April 6-7, 2017

Banff, Alberta
October 2-3, 2017
Phileas Flash, Colin Stewart, & Derek Wong

Register for Banff, Alberta, October 2-3, 2017


Registration is now open for the following
European tour stops:

March 12, 2017
Sue Bowler

Register for Belgium, March 12, 2017


March 19, 2017
Luc Bertrand

Register for Greece, March 12, 2017


April 3-4, 2017
Tope Abulude and Alexander Solomatin

Use promotional code "Q-tour" when registering for this stop to receive a 5% discount.
При использовании промо-кода "Q-tour" вы получите скидку 5%.

Register for Russia, April 3-4, 2017


United Kingdom
May 9-10, 2017
Alberto Falcone

Register for Broxbourne, UK, May 9-10, 2017


June 6-7, 2017
Alberto Falcone

Register for Ashbourne, Ireland, June 6-7, 2017


June 17-18, 2017
Luc Bertrand & Dominic Cassidy

Register for Eschborn, Germany, June 17-18, 2017

Registration will open soon for tour stops in the
following countries:




Our Tour Stop in India will be hosted in Delhi.
Additional Tour Stop details coming soon!



Our Tour Stop in Israel will be hosted in Tel Aviv.
Additional Tour Stop details coming soon!



We will be hosting tour stops in the following locations:



Latin America

Trinidad & Tobago
March 30-31, 2017

April 25-27, 2017

Dominican Republic


Puerto Rico



South Africa

Our Tour Stop in South Africa will be hosted in Johannesburg.
Additional Tour Stops details coming soon!


Southeast Asia

July 18-20, 2017

Hong Kong
July 24-26, 2017


United Arab Emirates

Our Tour Stop in the UAE will be hosted in Dubai.
Additional Tour Stop details coming soon!


United States

Miami, FL
March 30, 2017

Chicago, IL
April 2-3, 2017

Los Angeles, CA
April 5-6, 2017

Kansas City, MO
April 9, 2017

Phoenix, AZ
April 24, 2017

Bogart, GA
April 26-27, 2017

Washington, D.C.
April 30 - May 1, 2017

Detroit, MI
May 4, 2017

New York City, NY
May 7-8, 2017

San Francisco, CA
May 11, 2017

Sacramento, CA
June 19, 2017

Charlotte, NC
June 22, 2017

Dallas, TX
June 25, 2017

New York City, NY
October 5, 2017

Wichita, KS
October 8, 2017

Los Angeles, CA
October 9, 2017

Las Vegas, NV
October 11-12, 2017

Dayton, OH
October 16, 2017

Boston, MA
October 19, 2017

Are you ready for a competition that will stretch your creativity to its limits? Each stop on the Q-Tour will offer delegates a chance to compete in the Mystery Box Competition. Contestants are given a box of balloons to create an innovative, eye-catching design in the span of only 30 minutes, and may compete as an individual entry or as teams of 2. The top entry of each stop on the tour will receive a prize and advance to compete with the winners of all the other tour stops. A grand prize will be awarded to the world champion. Only 10 entries are allowed per stop, so sign up today for this epic competition!

Mystery Box — 30 minutes. 10 entries per location. 1 winner.

Competiton Objective

Create a celebration design that can be easily delivered to a customer using balloons supplied in the Mystery Box
Show off your creativity and skills using a fantastic selection of balloons. The design can be air-filled, helium-filled, or both. The choice is yours!

The top entry of each stop on the tour will receive a prize and advance to compete with the winners of all other tour stops. A grand prize will be give awarded to the world champion.

Themes will NOT be disclosed prior to the competitions.

Don’t forget to read the judging guidelines below!

Competiton Brief

Each competitor will be supplied with a Mystery Box. Each box will contain the same selection of balloons, but it is not a requirement to use all the balloons within the box.

The Mystery Box competition for each location will be limited to 10 entries with a maximum of two people working on each entry. Competitors have a 30 minute time limit to complete their entry, and there is no fee to enter.

In addition, there will be a Balloon Store where limited additional balloons will be available on the accessories table. This will include 160Qs, 260Qs, 350Qs, 646Qs, Deco Bubbles, 5" White, 5" Black, 12" Blush Quick Links and any other balloons that could compliment your design. It is not a requirement to use any of these balloons; they are available for those who wish to use them.

The accessories table will also supply Hi-Float, balloon ribbons in various colors, balloon weights, and helium tanks with inflators suitable for inflating foil, latex, and Bubble Balloons.

There are limited items at the Balloon Store. Therefore, it is important that they are selected carefully and not simply taken. Items selected from the Balloon Store must be used or returned to the store to give other competitors the opportunity to use, if needed. Points can be deducted from a competitor’s score for items not used during the competition that were taken from the Balloon Store and not returned.

Judging Guidelines

  1. Overall Impression: Visual impact, originality, uniqueness. Does the celebration design clearly express the sentiment so that it is immediately apparent what the occasion is? Does the display have a strong visual impact so it demands attention when it’s brought into a room? Is the design exciting, pleasing to the eye with a newness of style, or uses a concept created along new or unconventional lines? Does the display offer a feeling of professionalism and creativity?

  2. Overall Design: Have elements and principles of design (color, balance, rhythm, line, proportion, and scale) been applied and used effectively?

  3. Construction: Is the design stable and durable for transportation? Does the design demonstrate high quality of work and meet professional standards? Are all mechanics well hidden? Will the design last for more than 48 hours?

  4. Use of balloons: Has the competitor created a design that uses a good selection of the Mystery Box balloons in an exciting and creative way?

  5. Unity & Harmony: Do all the elements appear to belong together, resulting in a strong sense of oneness?

  6. Adherence to Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines: Was Smart Balloon Practices followed? Was the design completed within the allotted time? Did all unused items get returned to the Balloon Store?

Competitor Supply Responsibilities

  • Hand pumps

  • Scissors

  • Markers and pens

  • Wire and tape

  • Any non-balloon related accessories you may be able to use with your design, however, box themes will not be disclosed prior to the competitions.

Registration Details

There is no cost to register, but entrants must be registered to attend the accompanying Q-Tour class.

Registration for the Mystery Box Competition will open for each location when class registration opens.

Contact your local office for more information.
Visit the Qualatex Education page on Facebook
Click on the photos below to
read each instructor's biography.

Tope Abulude
Tope Abulude, cba

Chris Adamo
Chris Adamo, cba
Dominic Cassidy
Dominic Cassidy, cba
Donna Dance
Donna Dance, cba
Claire Geldard,
Alberto Falcone, cba
Phileas Flash
Phileas Flash
Claire Geldard,
Claire Geldard, cba
Tina Giunta
Tina Giunta, cba
Nicole Greg
Nicole Greg, cba
Connie Iden-Monds
Connie Iden-Monds, cba
Dante Longhi
Dante Longhi, cba
Anne McGovern
Anne McGovern, cba
Matt Russell
Matt Russell, cba
Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott, cba
Jill Shortreed
Jill Shortreed, cba
Colin Stewart
Colin Stewart, cba
Ray Stewart
Ray Stewart, cba
Keith Stirman
Keith Stirman, cba
Teri Stokes
Teri Stokes, cba
David Taylor
David Taylor, cba
Derek Wong
Derek Wong, cba
Cam Woody
Cam Woody, cba
Derek Wong

Questions about the Qualatex World Tour?


Phileas FlashPhileas Flash
Flash Balloons, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Phileas Flash (aka British-born performer Rupert Appleyard) has been capturing hearts worldwide with his brilliant brand of balloon art, charming comedy, and crazy magic for more than thirteen years. Phileas has a great reputation for innovation in the balloon industry and has taught at prestigious conventions such as WBC, Twist and Shout, OzJam, and Millennium Jam. His best-selling DVD series, "The Face of Things to Come" is widely regarded as a huge influence in advancing the art form of balloon twisting.

Colin Stewart, CBAColin Stewart, CBA
STEWART’s Baskets & Balloons, Alliston, Ontario, Canada

Since starting STEWART’s Baskets & Balloons (SBB) 26 years ago, Colin has specialized in large scale corporate decor for shopping malls, professional sports teams, major grocery chains, and car dealerships. SBB also manufactures RELI-A-DROP, a drop net system for balloon professionals worldwide. Colin has been invited to share his knowledge and passion for balloon art at several conventions around the world and is excited to be a part of the Q Tour!

Derek WongDerek Wong, CBA
Twisted Inflations, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Derek began his journey as a hobby twister in 2011, after viewing a clown twisting balloons at a party. In 2013, he formed his balloon business, Twisted Inflations, and he started balloon twisting and decor for parties and events. Derek has won numerous awards in various balloon conventions and competitions, and he has been invited to share his passion and knowledge in balloons for multiple workshops in Canada, USA and Europe.

Dennis ScottDennis Scott, CBA
Incredibly Twisted Balloons & Decor, Arlington Heights, IL, USA

For more than 14 years, Dennis has been wowing customers with his specialty balloon art with the use of modeling balloons and rounds. He creates complex or simple sculptures using any mix of Qualatex balloons. Known throughout the industry for his large tiger sculpture at WBC 2014, he has become wildly popular in the US and abroad.

Alberto FalconeAlberto Falcone, CBA
Balloon Lab, Budapest, Hungary

Specializing in deco-twisting, Alberto has been creating show-stopping designs for more than 16 years. Soon after finding his passion for balloons, he began sharing his knowledge as an instructor and has taught all over the world. As an award-winning designer, his classes inspire, educate, and awe.

Tope AbuludeTope Abulude, CBA
Balloon Inspirations, Grays, United Kingdom

For more than 22 years, Tope has awed and inspired balloon artists all around the world with his modern, eye-catching designs. Known for his one-of-a-kind centerpieces, Tope has become known within the industry as a leading designer and has been chosen to design centerpieces at the past two World Balloon Conventions.

Chris AdamoChris Adamo, CBA
Balloons Online, Sydney, Australia

Introduced to the balloon industry more than 20 years ago, Chris has proudly owned his own business since 2004. Drawing from an IT, design, and construction background with a thirst to continually reinvent the wheel, Chris brings a huge range of specialties and products to his business and clients. With a client list including Coca-Cola, Mazda, and Toyota, Chris and his amazing team are on the cutting edge of balloon design.

Donna DanceDonna Dance, CBA
BDazzledNZ Balloons, Tauranga, New Zealand

Since 2013, Donna has been entertaining children and adults alike with her magical balloon art and shows. She finds value in programs that strive to bring the two worlds of twisting and decor together, and couldn't be more pleased to be doing so for the first-ever Qualatex World Tour.

Claire GeldardClaire Geldard, CBA
The Party’s Here, Sydney, Australia

After joining the balloon industry more than 14 years ago, Claire has made it a priority to support as many training days and conventions as possible. As result, The Party’s Here has become an integral part of the local community and recently relocated to a larger shop front in 2014. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed, as she was awarded the Treb Heining Pioneer Visionary Scholarship to attend the World Balloon Convention in New Orleans in 2016. As an active participant in the industry, Claire is eager to share her passion and experience with others.

Tina GiuntaTina Giunta, CBA
Shivoo Balloons, Victoria, Australia

Over the span of her 16 years in the industry, Tina has grown her balloon business from a modest little decorating business that only worked on small private parties, to dealing with large scale functions and corporate events. As an award-wining designer, she has become known as a valuable resource for education. Tina strongly believes that “Learning should never stop, and education is the key to success.” With her love of sharing knowledge and passion for balloons, Tina is looking forward to hitting the road for the 2017 QTour.

Nicole GregNicole Greg, CBA
Nifty Nicole, Adelaide, Australia

Named by her peers as “Australia’s Quick Link Queen,” this self-taught twister is known worldwide for using Quick Links alongside entertainer balloons to make large and small designs quicker and easier, yet still amazing! Since starting her business in 2009, Nicole has used her knack for creating eye-catching designs with speed and attention to detail to win awards and become a sought-after international instructor.

Matt RussellMatt Russell, CBA
Twisted Mr, Queensland, Australia

Matt began his balloon journey working in the party section of a craft and homewares store creating basic balloon decor items. He decided to start his own business after attending Balloonstitute in 2010, having found balloon twisting and a new passion. He is now a very sought after balloon artist, appearing at kids' parties, weddings, corporate events, markets, and festivals. Since teaching at OzJam in 2012, Matt has been a frequently requested instructor and is highly regarded in the industry for his passion and commitment to the industry while helping others improve their skills and knowledge to grow their businesses.

Ray StewartRay Stewart, CBA
Impact Balloons, Melbourne, Australia

Providing show-stopping designs for large companies and events in Australia for more than eleven years, Ray has perfected the art of balloon-based marketing and decor. As part of the team that created OzJam, he is thrilled to be part of the Qualatex Tour in Perth and Sydney.

David TaylorDavid Taylor, CBA
MAD Balloons, Sydney, Australia

From small beginnings in 1992, Dave has grown to service a wide range of customers including varying sporting teams, national retailers, and large corporations. As well as a sensational balloon decorator, Dave has a passion for teaching and business development. He has a B.Ed degree (English & History Major) from Sydney University. He has a big focus on pricing and profits in his education for businesses, and this is evidenced in the growth and success of MAD Balloons as a business.

Sue BowlerSue Bowler, CBA
SueBowler.com, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Sue first discovered her passion for balloons in 1990 and hasn’t looked back since! Sue has held a number of positions within the balloon industry, including teaching for the past 18 years. She is also a Facebook group administrator for Qualatex, and author of the Very Best Balloon™ Blog.

Keith StirmanKeith Stirman, CBA
All Things Fun, County Durham, United Kingdom

Keith has been twisting balloons for almost 20 years and is co-owner of the successful All Things Fun Balloons & Fancy Dress store with Dominic Cassidy, CBA. Keith has also spent the last five years travelling around the world a Qualatex instructor.

Dominic CassidyDominic Cassidy, CBA
All Things Fun, County Durham, United Kingdom

Originally from an engineering and management background, Dominic dramatically changed careers to become a co-owner of the successful All Things Fun Balloons & Fancy Dress store with Keith Stirman, CBA. Dominic has also spent the last five years travelling around the world a Qualatex instructor.

Dante LonghiDante Longhi, CBA
Dream Factory Decor, Kenilworth, NJ, USA

Dante has been in the balloon industry for 18 years and specializes in 3-D and large sculptures, GRIDZ, and innovative air-filled balloon designs. Over the years, his passion for balloons has allowed him to teach throughout North and South America.

Connie Iden-MondsConnie Iden-Monds, CBA
Party Animals of Nashville, Antioch, TN, USA

With 20 years of deco twisting experience, Connie has a solid understanding of how to make money from balloons and a proven track record of success. She is always willing to provide support and mentor other balloon artists.

Melody YesbergMelody Yesberg, CBA
Celebrations Unlimited, Festus, MO, USA

After 28 years in the balloon retail/party store business, Melody has learned how to adapt and change to keep up with the ever-changing economy and market. She is excited to share her business knowledge and creative tips and tricks with others.

Teri StokesTeri Stokes, CBA
Heart Entertainment, Kingwood, TX, USA

More than just a job or hobby, balloons have been Teri’s passion for the last 25 years. Her enthusiasm for the industry and willingness to share her experience with others creates a productive and fun learning environment.

Jill ShortreedJill Shortreed, CBA
Charleston Balloon Company, Charleston, SC, USA

With a background in marketing and finance, Jill has an exceptional reputation for creating event decor for a wide range of clients and budgets. In business since 1997, she enjoys the creative freedom of the balloon industry.

Anne McGovernAnne McGovern, CBA
Elegant Balloons, Pearl River, NJ, USA

After spending numerous years in the corporate and events industries, Anne decided to open a balloon business in 2007. Known for her breathtaking centerpieces, she loves creating and sharing her ideas for sellable, long-lasting balloon decor with profitable twisted accents.

Lisa SwigerLisa Swiger, CBA
Blooming Balloons, Raleigh, NC, USA

Prior to starting her own balloon company in 2006, Lisa worked in corporate marketing and now applies many of those ideas to running her thriving business. She specializes in creative and profitable air-filled designs, and loves travelling the world to share her knowledge with others.

Amanda ArmstrongAmanda Armstrong, CBA
Top Hat Balloon Werks, Mission Viejo, CA, USA

In business since 1998, one of Amanda’s more recent accomplishments was working with David Tutera for his CELEBrations! show on WEtv. She is also the Executive Producer of West Coast Event & Balloon Arts Convention (WCE&BAC).

Cam WoodyCam Woody, CBA
Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS, USA

Cam has been creating sellable ideas and innovative designs for “Balloon Images” magazine for 22 years. Her expertise has led her to teach at industry events around the world. Cam loves sharing her knowledge and passion for balloons with others.

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