Being bendy made us famous!
Hitting record on the camera, we quickly raced to our places.
‘Hi, I’m Sam.’
‘And I’m Teagan.’
‘And together, we are the Rybka twins,’ we said in complete unison.
Then, while the camera rolled, we performed our well-rehearsed routine, flipping, doing the splits, and spinning, before we jumped upside down into handstands.
It wasn’t just because this was such great fun, it was also our job!
Identical twins from WA, we have been dancing and performing acrobatics for as long as we can remember.
Our mum, Vicki, was an acrobat when she was younger so she enrolled us in lessons as soon as we learnt to walk! By the time we were three, she’d send us off in matching black leotards and there was no telling us apart!
‘Sam no, Teagan’ the teachers would say, struggling.
Loving every minute of it, we never wanted the lessons to end.
‘Can we stay please, Mum?’ we begged.
Our home became like one constant acrobatics lesson.
‘Quick, Mum, an ad break, spot us for backflips,’ we’d laugh, before launching into practising our tricks.
Whenever we had a free minute, she would find us backflipping from the lounge room to the backyard.
When we turned five, we both started dance lessons.
Soon, all of our hard work paid off and we were winning trophies in jazz, ballet, tap and acro.
We both seemed to have a natural talent for movement, but most importantly, a love for it!
We’d compete as a duo and in solos, and would design our own beautiful sparkly costumes.
Of course, they always had to be identical! We loved twinning and wouldn’t have had it any other way!
If we were performing alone, we’d always stand on the sideline cheering the other one on.
Crossing all of our fingers and toes, we were each other’s biggest supporters.
Then, in , when we were 12, we were watching Australia’s Got Talent when a friend turned to us.
‘Why don’t you girls try out?’ she said.
‘What, us?’ we laughed nervously.
We didn’t know if we were good enough, but somehow, we were convinced to audition.
Taking the stage, we could barely breathe!
Following a flawless routine, we felt so proud.
We didn’t make it all the way, but six years later we had grown so much, we tried out again.
Holding hands, we walked onto centre stage.
Perfectly synchronised, we showed off our contortionist skills, bending every which way.
Afterwards, we even made the news!
Twin-Sync Mirror image Mesmerising, they wrote about us.
Amazingly, we made it all the way to the finals.
Donning a different sparkly outfit, we put on the best show we could.
When we got knocked out, it was really disappointing, but we decided to never give up.
So, in time, we started a YouTube channel and then an Instagram account, @rybkatwinsofficial, to show everyone more of what we could do.
For our first post, we set up the camera in our backyard and filmed a short video of us doing yoga.
Uploading it for fun, we didn’t think much of it.
But the next morning we woke to over two million views!
Watching the numbers tick up and up, our jaws hit the floor.
‘Oh my goodness,’ Mum gasped, just as astounded.
The video was shared all over social media, and within weeks it had more than a million views!
After we received our first pay cheque from YouTube we couldn’t help but wonder
‘We could make a job out of this,’ we giggled.
So, we started posting videos every week.
We never imagined it would become our full-time job, but that one viral video changed our lives.
By aged 19, we were earning an income from YouTube.
Once we graduated from university, we decided to take a year out to seriously grow our presence on social media.
Travelling to America and Europe, we did handstands on limos in Las Vegas and the splits in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
We balanced upside down on beaches and in famous cities. We even had the opportunity to compete all over the world and dance
Now 25, we make content for YouTube on Mondays and film for video sharing site TikTok on Tuesdays.
We teach dancing most days, take photos for Instagram and edit our videos when we have a spare minute!
‘Do you two ever sleep?’ Mum jokes at our jam-packed schedule.
But we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We even still love to dress the same! In matching crop tops and tights, we film at the beach, in our backyard and anywhere we can.
We still pinch ourselves every day as we look at our following from all around the world.
We have more than seven million YouTube subscribers and three million followers on our Instagram pages.
We’ve even written a book, called Twinning It, sharing our journey so far.
We’re lucky that what started out as a love for dancing and acrobatics landed us a full-blown career!
Twinning It, published by Murdoch Books, is available to buy now.
If you were to look up videos of Australian dance twins Teagan and Samantha Rybka, you may find themwalking across the street on their hands in complete synchronization, or perhaps doing a handstand pirouette into a six-oclock penché balance. Theyre known as the Rybka Twins, and this jaw-dropping, dynamic dance-acro duo recently took to the streets of New York City after Teagan took top prize as the first-ever ProAm Dancer of the Year.
The Rybka Twins in the Capezio flagship store in New York City. Photo by Adam Housten.
This award is part of a new division of Australia and New Zealands Showcase National dance competition, held this past January. ProAm is awarded to a dancer, over the age of 18, who is ready to embark on his/her professional career. Teagan, 20, walked away with a prize comprised of a trip to NYC and London; a class pass to Broadway Dance Center; meetings with top talent agents; a Capezio shopping spree and photo shoot; and two weeks of open classes at London studios, including Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks and Studio
Its no wonder that when Dance Informa met up with the twins at NYCs Capezio flagship store, the girls were bright and cheery – thrilled with soaking up every moment of their NYC experience. The girls chatted about their healthy competition with one another, how their now-impressive flexibility did not come easily and what their favorite sights were in the Big Apple. Here, learn more about ProAm Dancer of the Year Teagan and her equally talented twin sister, Samantha.
The Rybka twins first started dancing around the age of six, although they have studied acrobatics since they were just three years old. Acrobatics continues to remain a favorite genre for the sisters, but they often fuse their acro skills with their dance technique to create unique, show-stopping routines. It was actually an acro-lyrical routine that won Teagan the first prize at the ProAm division. She performed her solo to Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis.
Teagan and Samantha Rybka in Central Park. Photo by Adam Housten.
Teagan recalls the announcement of her win, and the incredible prizes to follow, as being somewhat of a shock.
It was incredible, she says. I didnt expect to win. It wasnt until I actually won that I looked at what the prizes were, and that was even better! I said, Whoa! Thats a lot! I actually get to do all of that?!'
As twins who usually embark on their dance adventures together, Teagan brought along Samantha to NYC and, later, to London. In NYC, the sisters checked out many of the sights: Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park and more. As part of Teagans ProAm prize, they ventured to the Capezio flagship store for a shopping spree, participated in a photo shoot throughout Central Park and Times Square, and spent each day at Broadway Dance Center, where they took classes such as contemporary, lyrical jazz, ballet, theatre, jazz, leaps and turns, and street jazz.
Being able to take classes at Broadway Dance Center – that’s been one of the most incredible experiences, Teagan says.
Taking lots of classes and waking up really sore, adds Samantha, of her favorite NYC activities. I love that because that means youve worked hard. Its been awesome taking class every day.
The Rybka Twins in Times Square. Photo by Adam Housten.
The Rybka twins also met with a talent agent – Lakey Wolff of CESD Talent Agency – whom offered helpful advice for their careers. The dancers currently have an acro-dance duo together and have performed it at various competitions, corporate events, dance concerts and recitals. They hope to continue to take it on the road worldwide, to as many venues as possible, and said theyd love to make an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Teagan and Samantha are certainly a team, and they appreciate the bond they share, both as twins and as people who dance together.
Its so good because everywhere you go, youve got one another, Teagan says. You go to an audition, youve got one another. Its great support. And its healthy competition.
They also cannot imagine their life without dance.
I think our lives would be rather boring, Samantha admits. Dance has brought us so many opportunities and experiences and stories.
Teagan adds, Its like a journey. All of a sudden something else will pop up, and well be like, Oh, were doing that! Its really fun.
Teagan and Samantha Rybka exploring New York City. Photo by Adam Housten.
Although they have danced since a young age, the twins insist that they were not always as flexible as they are today, which is rather hard to believe considering all the acro tricks, splits and backbends that Teagan and Samantha post almost daily on Instagram and Facebook.
Some people look at us and think that we were born more flexible, but you should watch our old videos, Teagan says. Theyre terrible! There was a time when I would watch dancers spin and getting their legs up really high, and I wanted to be able to do that. So we stretched every day.
Teagan and Samantha hope that, through their dancing, and later through their teaching, they can inspire others.
I love to share my passion with the audience, Samantha comments, and I love to hear when people say, You inspired me to dance. Thats awesome.
We love to share our experiences, so we hope to teach as well, Teagan adds. We want to dance as long as we can, but in the end, thats what we want to do – teach and share our passion with other dancers.
To see the Rybka twins in action, check out their YouTube page www.youtube.com/user/TurningTwin.
For more information on Showcase National Dance Championships, head to:www.showcasedance.com.
By Laura Di Orio ofDance Informa.
Photos by Adam Housten.
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The Rybka Twins: Meet the Aussie YouTube stars famous for acrobatics
If you haven't heard of the Rybka twins then ask your kids because they're probably one of 15 million people who have.
Known as Sam and Teagan, the passionate Youtubers, who hail from Perth, Australia, have managed to amass a social media following of more than 15 million people in just a few years.
That's millions more than our very own pop icon Kylie Minogue and Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, reports News.com.au.
How? Simply by sharing images and video content to their mainly teenage demographic on what they do best — acrobatics.
Described by their fans as being "awesome", "super talented", "stunning" and "freaky", the popular sisters turned their passion for dance, gymnastics, travel and fashion, into a very successful business, with their Youtube channel alone attracting million subscribers.
"It's crazy. We absolutely had no idea or ever thought we'd be in this position. We just thought we had a really good opportunity and we kinda fell into it," Sam told news.com.au.
The charismatic and very energetic sisters first burst onto the scene back in when they appeared on Australia's Got Talent with a mind-blowing contortion act.
From then, they were told by producers to create their own Instagram page to help promote their time on the show.
But little did they know it was the beginning of something very big.
"We just started posting pictures of us doing acrobatics, warm-ups and photos of wherever we travelled," Teagan said. "We were getting about 11 likes at one stage but then it got in the thousands and that's when we were like 'Oh my god what the heck is going on?'"
The girls quickly worked out the best way to attract more followers was to post regularly.
"From there it just started to blow up," Teagan said.
And it has continued to do so with the girls garnering hundreds of followers each week.
"The numbers just grew and grew and they continue to grow and it's crazy to think that so many people follow us and enjoy our videos," Sam said.
"We love that people tell us were the reason they started dancing or even smiling that day after going through something tough — it's actually so crazy the amount of messages we get where people are telling us they feel so much better and so much happier after watching our videos."
The girls made it to the semi-finals of AGT with their act being viewed more than 19 million times on Youtube and have since gone on to travel the world to perform.
MOMENT THAT NEARLY ENDED THEIR CAREER
The girls have had their fair share of challengers from broken bones, to migraines and even gastro during competitions. But there was one moment that nearly ended Teagan's dance career.
When she was 15 years old, she was told to give up dancing after an x-ray revealed she had a tumour/ lesion on her leg.
"Sam and I had been mucking around on the grass doing a whole heap of acro, especially one trick we were trying again and again — a no-handed somersault in the air to land on your feet," Teagan revealed in their new book Twining It!
"While we were going this trick, I started noticing a pain in my leg."
She ignored for a couple of weeks but when the pain escalated she went to get it checked out.
"It turned out to be a lesion and the doctor said for it to break down and heal, I was going to have to stop dancing completely because dancing would put too much pressure on the lesion.
"I was devastated," Teagan said.
However, after getting a second opinion from a sports injury specliast Teagan was told she didn't need to give up dancing completely and just needed to take it easy.
But another x-ray revealed her lesion doubled in size and she was diagnosed with a aneurysmal bone cyst.
She had a successful surgery to remove it and was on crutches for two months, followed by a moon boot for three months. "It took a while for my strength to get back to normal," she said,
"This was a scary time in my life. I got upset and frustrated, but I also worked hard to catch up and be an even better dancer than I was before.
"It taught me not to give up, even when things seem impossible."
BEHIND THE SCENES
While the girls make it look easy, they say a lot goes on behind the scenes — including training six hours a day and teaching dance classes.
"We train and dance a lot ourselves too so that's what takes up a lot of our time," Teagan said.
The girls have never been to a gym, having only just incorporated it into their schedule this year.
"We now go to the gym every morning — it's cool to see what other people do and how they train because we have never been to the gym," Sam said.
"One day we do cardio, the next day is resistance or circuit training — we just mix it up and it really helps with our dancing, keeping our bodies nice and toned and strong."
Among all of that, Sam and Teagan have also managed to find the time to release their first ever book — Twinning It!
It gives fans insight into their life from juggling family, friends, dance and how they get along with one another.
They girls share everything, revealing in their book they had shared the same bedroom up until just a few years ago.
"We shared a bedroom for 21 years, but when our older brother moved out, we each got our space," Sam said.
"This change was so exciting for both of us, but so weird at the same time. Sleeping on our own for that many years in the one room to a lot of getting used too … now we love having out own rooms."
Admittedly the girls said they experienced separation anxiety for the first time while doing their Bachelor of Education.
"As part of our degree requirement, we had to complete a practical teaching element (ie prac) … this was the first time we had ever been forced to separate from each other and focus on ourselves."
Still to this day, the girls who live at home with their mum, who is also an acrobat, share the same car.
"Still to this day, those pracs were the only ties in our lives we've spent completely on our own."
One glance through their social media feed and you also will notice the twins dress exactly the same, describing their fashion sense as "trendy", "cute" and "girly".
"Teagan is more of a girl, so shell go for the pinks and rose gold."
Where as Sam opts for bright colours and is "more out there".
"We have a r rule that whoever sees something first, or picks it up first, gets to wear it first," Sam said.
When it comes to make up, they also never leave the house without wearing mascara.
"It makes us look half decent in the morning," Teagan said laughing.
'WE ONLY POST WHAT WE BELIEVE IN'
Given their strong social media following, the girls said they get inundated with emails from people wanting them to promote their products.
"We have to believe in the product to then share it that's why we always get them to send the product to test it out and see what we think. We really have to be all for the product — it's never 'yeah that's paying good money let's just do that'.
"It is really important we share stuff we believe in and love doing which we have done since day dot," Sam said.
"We love being good role models as well — when you post online there comes a responsibility so it's really important for us to be authentic."
The girls hope to have a stint overseas, with their eyes set on Los Angeles
"Everything is happening in LA and we kinda miss out over here in small Perth," Teagan said.
"But no matter how much we travel we are always so grateful to come home.
"Sam and I just cant believe we get to do what we do everyday — we are just so thankful we have these platforms to share our talent and passion that we have been working on our entire lives, with the whole world."
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Moment that left Deb Knight fearing she'd 'lose an eye' on live TV
Acrobatic Perth twins Sam and Teagan Rybka first found fame on Australia's Got Talent and Dance Mums II. Today, they've found their real following on Youtube.
Millions of people tune in every Thursday for the twins' weekly video release, which showcases their unique blend of acrobatics and dance.
The pair were not shy about showing off their moves in our studio – and they left Deb Knight fearing she'd "get a leg in the eye."
"We started acrobatics when we were three years old and started dancing when we were five. Mum used to do it when she was growing up," Teagan told Today.
"She put us into it, we just loved it. We haven't looked back since," Sam said, finishing her twin's sentence.
The year-olds have gained popularity due to their interesting acrobatics challenges. One of their clips showed them doing acrobatics on a mattress in an ocean; a feat Sam said was extremely hard.
"We always try to go by the trends and then put our twist on it by adding acro or dancing to it," Sam said.
Teagan added, "We just draw inspiration from other YouTubers, things that are popular at the time. We put our own little spin on it."
But with the fans comes the trolls, and the twins have had their fair share of negativity online.
"Naturally, when you put yourself out there online there is always going to be someone who is going to want to drag you back down," Teagan said.
"It's part of it and we just ignore that. People are pretty positive. Like we said, if we get a negative comment we just ignore that… Can't give them that power – they don't deserve that."
In addition to their weekly video, the busy sisters have just released their first book Twinning It.
"I can't believe we have written a book. It's about our life and how we got to where we are today how we turned our passion into a career," Teagan said. "We get to do what we love every single day, it's so crazy sometimes. Some of the videos we are making, we are like, 'Is this our life right now?'"
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How Much Money The Rybka Twins Make On YouTube Net Worth
The Rybka Twins is a popular YouTube channel that features twin dancers and acrobats from Australia named Teagan and Sam. They have an estimated net worth of $ million. They post everything from dancing, acro & gymnastics, vlogs, fashion and all sorts of fun challenges. The post a new video once a week every Thursday.
How Much Money Do The Rybka Twins Earn On YouTube?
The channel has over 8 million subscribers as of and has accumulated over billion views so far. It is able to get an average of , views per day which should translate into an estimated revenue of around $3, per day ($ million a year) from the ads that appear on the videos.
YouTube content creators based in the US, UK, Canada and Australia generally get paid $2 – $12 per monetized views after YouTube takes its cut. Monetized views usually range from 40% – 80% of the total views. All these are influenced by several factors like the device played on, time of the year, the location of the viewer, ad inventory, how many ads there are on a video, how many people skip the ads, type of advertisement, ad engagement, type of content, etc. The cost of an ad view is based on an auction between advertisers based on views. Advertisers have to bid a minimum of $ per view.
There is also a program known as Google Preferred where deep-pocketed companies can target ads on the top 5% most popular content. The ad rates here are higher than normal. Apart from ads, YouTubers also generate extra from YouTube Red viewers who pay a monthly fee to view premium content on YouTube plus watch videos without ads. Here they get paid based on watch time on their videos. The longer the viewers watch their videos, the more money they earn.
The twins generate extra income through brand sponsorship deals. They have worked with brands like Beauty, Lifesum, Wish etc.