July’s Workshop: Big Girls (and Boy) Tumbling

While the younger girls were in the back room at So Cal Dance working on their turning techniques, the older students were in the front room warming up and stretching out.

Back bends.

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Back stretches.  (Donuts)



Rockin’ and Rollin’


More donuts.



They worked on their splits.

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Soon enough, everybody was up and starting to tumble.  They began with various cartwheels.

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And very quickly, most moved on to their aerials.

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For some, whose aerials aren’t quite there yet, their focus was to add that extra lift to their one armed cartwheels

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Some students with pretty solid aerials were working on their form (straightening up their legs or better pointing their toes) while others were putting theirs into combinations with heel stretches or turns and other tumbling tricks.  Honestly, with all the pictures grouped together like this now, it’s kind of tough to figure out who was doing exactly what.

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Other than aerials, there were still a lot of skills to work on, like hand stands and hand stands to back bends to standing up (front limbers)



Back walkovers

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Back handsprings

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Another back walkover



More back handsprings

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Towards the end of the class, things got very complicated.  All around the room students were working on their most advanced tumbling tricks and I was taking pictures madly, working the shutter in over drive trying to capture as much of it as I could.

Here’s an “almost” aerial, where a hand went down.



Here’s a back handspring from another student while that same girl from the previous picture threw her aerial again, only this time she kept her arms up and nailed it.




Another back handspring, a round off (that was going to go into a back handspring) and  a one armed cartwheel.

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A couple more back handsprings.

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A great shot of an aerial, almost exactly in the middle.



A heel stretch into an aerial, where she held onto her leg the whole time.

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Her aerial again, without the leg hold, a back tuck and another back handspring


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Ms. Kelly given a spot on an aerial




Back walkover into a back handspring

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Back handspring, aerial and back tuck, with spotters.

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Whew, that was a lot, but the fun wasn’t over yet.  All the students were sent to get a drink, grab their dance shoes and come back in ready to work with Ms. Lynnrae on their turns!