His yo-yo has a heartbeat.
See a performance by Dazzling Dave and you might start
believing his yo-yos are alive. Dazzling Dave Schulte is a professional yo-yo
performer and highly acclaimed champion who has circled the globe since 1998,
storming audiences everywhere with his freakish tornado of whirling tricks and
tips, all designed to entertain, educate, and illuminate the beauty of the
growing sport of professional yo-yo.
A former middle school teacher, Dave’s heart and soul are
still in teaching – but now he’s found a better way. Delivering intensely fun
freestyle performances followed by friendly hands-on instruction, Dave teaches
his “students” hand-eye coordination, goal setting & achievement,
performance techniques, and the fundamentals of physics, all through the Science of Spin program and his hand-held classroom on a string.
Equally impressed by both the energy of his performance style
and his mastery of the most advanced yo-yo tricks, judges have peppered Dave
with awards throughout his professional career. His awards include:
• 1996 Masters World Champion
• 1997 Twin Cities Champion
• 1998 Midwest Regional Champion
• 1999 Fixed Axle World Champion
• 2000 Minnesota Champion.
In October of 2001, Dazzling Dave was named to an elite group
of National Yo-Yo Masters, making him one of the exclusive members of the Yo-Yo
Judges at the World and National Yo-Yo Championships each year.
Dazzling Dave has toured Japan, Korea, Australia, and France,
as well as most of the United States.
Currently Dave lives in Minnesota and gives hundreds of shows
each year. He lives with his wife, Kim, their two wonderful children, Eric and
Kate, and his incredible collection of over 1,500 yo-yos from around the world.
It’s amazing how his life has changed since that first day in 1993 when he was
just a college junior looking for a diversion from the pressure of final exams.
“Hey,” he said to his buddy. “Mind if I try your yo-yo?”