We are excited to be offering a new program for our members…our Flips & Fun Nights! These extra classes are offered on select Thursdays and gives our students an extra opportunity to work on skills and receive individual attention. This is a great time for students to meet new friends that do not attend their regular class and also they are able to work along side students of different ages. Sometimes there will be older students working on more advanced skills so the younger students can see what the skills should look like. At other times the students will be on the older end of the group where they can be a leader. This can be very beneficial for those children who are usually the youngest in their class and it gives them the opportunity to have others follow them, giving them a sense of being a leader and a good example to follow. There are all different types of learners and we like to give them all a chance to shine!
We had our first Flips & Fun Night two weeks ago and it was great to see all of the students working hard and having fun! We worked on Front and Back Walkovers. We opened this class up to students 7 years old and older. We had a wonderful response and all of the students were able to work on increasing their flexibility and taking their walkovers to the next level. Some of the gymnasts were already able to do walkovers when they attended the class, which was an excellent inspiration to the students who were just beginning to learn the new skills. These children were challenged to try different types of walkovers (more difficult skills using the walkover as the base skill) and some of them even tried walkovers on the beam! Several students were able to succeed in completing walkovers by themselves and all left the session knowing the 3 basic parts to both the Front and Back Walkovers.
On Thursday October 10th we had our second Flips & Fun Night. We worked on swinging on rings, bars, a rope, and a trapeze. We opened this class up to students who are 18 months to 12 years old. Just like our first Flips & Fun Night we had another wonderful response. All of the students worked on certain skills they can do while swinging. The students enjoyed swinging over the high and low bars as well. We worked on increasing their strength and flexibility.The students were challenged to try new skills that they haven’t tried before. Several gymnasts were able to do handstands on the bars and others got to see how high they could climb up the rope. They enjoyed learning how to improve their skills on the trapeze and rings. Most students were able to stay in a pike or an upside down straddle while swinging from the trapeze and rings! All of the students left the session learning a new skill they can do while swinging from the equipment.
It was exciting to see both our Cartwheeling Kids and Tumbling Teens working together and encouraging one another. The idea of having an optional, extra class where students of all levels can come together and work on one particular skill or event has given us a chance to expand our ever growing program. We are very pleased with the outcome of this idea and are looking forward to many more Flips & Fun Nights in the future!