Teaching…gymnastics?

I know, I know. What business do I have teaching a gymnastics class? Well, Judgy McJudgersons, I happen to have been a gymnast once upon a time. Not that that qualifies me in any way to teach a class as a 30-year-old mom, but a friend of mine asked me to do it. Sometimes, you risk looking like a total idiot for your friends. It’s just what you do.

I found myself teaching a group of advanced dancers and a group of intermediate dancers ranging from the ages of 9-22. Some had zero experience in gymnastics whatsoever and some had a little training as a kid and could do some basic stuff. My friend wanted me to teach this gymnastics class to dancers at her studio in Conway, Blackbird Academy of Arts, Inc, so that they could maybe incorporate some gymnastics skills into their dancing. Which, I don’t know if anyone watches So You Think You Can Dance (my favorite show EVER), but if you did, you would notice A LOT of gymnastics is being used modern and jazz routines. The kids were excited to learn something new and were very willing to step out of their comfort zone and risk falling on their faces in order to learn a new skill. As a young teenager, I know that was something I would NEVER have done. Fall on my face in front of my peers? Yeah, right. These kids totally impressed me. And we got a lot accomplished in 2 days. Everything from headstands to aerials. I’d say it was a successful teaching experience for everyone!

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