Here are some comments from attendees to Tamara's previous freestyle seminars...
From Aug 3 to the 7th 2001 I was at the World Freefall Convention at Quincy, Illinois. It was there that I had the pleasure of meeting Tamara Koyn (aka "Cloud Dancer) for the first time. I also had the opportunity to attend Tamara's freestyle seminar where we watched videos and discussed the basics of freestyle flying. It was by far the most memorable seminar I attended while at Quincy and I will never forget Tamara or her helpful attitude.
The organization was logical and the interaction with the audience made sure that topics of interest to them were covered in detail. The videos were both instructive and enjoyable. I learned a lot about control of body position from this seminar.
The first (I'll buy your free beer later) seminar I had the privilege to attend was that of Tamara Koyn's.
Tamara's presentation came alive. With every word out of her mouth she spoke confidence and professionalism. ... She did not approach the crowd as some skydivers do with, "My 5,000 jumps qualify me to tell you anything" attitude. She was one of us, she had been there and now she had something to share. I learned a set of experiences that could possibly even be used to save our lives someday. ... how do you make your own body one with the relative wind? How do you adapt the science to peace and freedom and deliberate movement? Tamara's class was nothing more than a success and nothing less than enlightening.
I found out later through the course of the convention that she actually set a standard for the seminars that no-one matched. ... TAMARA KOYN used video as well as her own body to fully demonstrate the fluid science of "Free" "Style" flight. She was always checking the reactions of the students for the glazed look in their eyes of misunderstanding and, if seen, would re-emphasize that particular point in a quick and professional manner.
I, myself, may never ever compete in a "Free""Style" competition. I may never use all of the ideas and concepts that Tamara willingly gave to us, but I thank her for bringing the science of human flight down to my level and bringing me up to the level of understanding that I can now pass on to others. ...
||1LT Todd V. Franken|
I wanted for sure to attend the free style seminar by Tamara Koyn. That name was familiar to me from some skydiving magazines and video tapes, ...
... she made a [pose requiring flexibility] on the floor and still was explaining some facts about the free falling equilibrium in that body position. ... I was following the way she was explaining the facts and I noticed that she understood very well the laws of physics and phenomena that occur when a human body is in free fall. ... She was very patient and very kind with a people who were asking for some aditional explanations.
She kept my attention all the time and I decided to stay for sure until the end of the seminar, even if I was a little bit hungry ... I became very curious to hear all the explanations because everything she said was very clear and logical to me, even if I never did any more free style then a few stand-up's...
After awhile, the seminar was over. ... Some of [the participants] decided to stay and ask for some more explanations, or posible solutions for their own free fall problems. ... I asked her if we can meet somewhere [the next day] to speak a little bit more ... She accepted.