My name is Mandana Moshrefzadeh and I’ve been a balloon artist for over 16 years. I’ve lived in Minnesota for the last 30 years with my husband and three sons, along with a dog, a cat, and a bunny!
In 2006 I was a contestant on the hit TV show Wheel of Fortune, where I solved six out of eight puzzles, including the bonus round! I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and hold a Minnesota elementary teaching license, and I love working with children of all ages.
I accidentally got into balloon twisting about 16 years ago, when one of my sons was having a birthday party and a guest bought him an introductory balloon-making kit as a gift. Several weeks later I was cleaning out his closet when I found the balloon kit buried under clothes and toys, still unopened! Curiosity got the better of me, and I opened up the kit and started making the balloon sculptures in the little booklet. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the creative process of balloon twisting and the joy it brought to others, and decided to pursue it further.
Fast-forward 16 years and now I’m a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) with extensive training in professional balloon artistry, a member of the Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN), a participant at many international balloon conventions, and a winner of multiple international awards for balloon twisting. What started as a simple hobby has turned into my life’s passion!
Balloon Artistry Awards, Memberships, and Achievements
• A photo of Mandana’s beautiful balloon artistry was selected to grace the cover of the 2018 Qualatex Balloon Calendar, which publishes the best balloon art from around the world!
• Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) Pioneer Balloon Company
• Winner 1st Place Best Show, Stage Entertainment Competition, Twist & Shout 2015
• Winner People’s Choice, Stage Entertainment Competition, Twist & Shout 2015
• Winner 2nd Place Best Show, Stage Entertainment Competition, Twist & Shout 2014
• Winner 1st Place Team Large Entranceway Arch, Twisticology 2WO 2015
• Member Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN)
• Member BalloonHQ
• Member Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce
• Member Oakdale Chamber of Commerce
• Member Greater Stillwater Area Chamber of Commerce
• Associate Member Minnesota Federation of County Fairs
• Minnesota Elementary (K-5) Teaching License
• Entertainer at Sgt. Peppers Bar and Grill, Oakdale, Fridays 5:30pm-8:00pm