This Southsea 10-year-old might be the most flexible girl in Portsmouth after taking up contortion during lockdown
WHEN cheerleader Alisha Kemp’s classes and competitions were cancelled during the first lockdown, she began to work on her flexibility.
Soon, it became clear that the Southsea schoolgirl had a hidden talent and could bend her body further than most other people.
After her 10th birthday, Alisha joined Instagram and found professional contortionist Pixie Le Knot’s online classes.
Mum Charlotte said: ‘It just kind of spiralled from there, she just kept getting bendier. She just absolutely loves it and Pixie is amazing at encouraging them to keep pushing themselves.
‘If it wasn’t for lockdown, I don’t think this would have happened. It’s one of those blessings in disguise. It’s given her something to focus on and find a talent we never knew she had.’
Alisha is very proud of her new skills, and works hard to practise the amazing and unbelievable poses she is capable of.
Aspiring cheer and contortion coach Alisha said: ‘I really enjoyed practicing doing the bendy positions in cheer and then saw many other people doing contortion and thought I would try it.
‘I like being able to bend myself into crazy positions and impressing my friends and I like training online with Pixie and all the other contortionists.
‘Some poses can be difficult but with Pixie’s help I am usually able to do them or I am practising to be able to do them and get better at some poses.’
Alisha hopes to keep improving her skills to the point where she may be able to appear in TV shows like Pixie.
Teacher Pixie, who appeared in Game of Thrones, said: ‘She is one of the most flexible girls I have worked with and without a doubt the most flexible girl in Portsmouth
‘Alisha had never done contortion before lockdown so her progress to the professional level she is at is insane.
‘She is without a doubt on her way to a very successful career in movies, TV or cirque.’
The contortion community has been very welcoming, and Alisha has made plenty of friends through her Zoom sessions.
Charlotte added: ‘They all train together and they all support each other, it’s really nice to see.
‘Without the contortion on Zoom I don’t know what she would have done, because Covid took everything she enjoyed doing away from her.’