May’s Acro and Jazz Workshop: Older Girls Tumbling

Starting off with the older girls this time around, while the younger dancers moved to the back room to work on jazz, everyone came in, spread out around the room on the mats and got started with their stretches.  With both the workshop running in both rooms, there aren’t as many photos of this first hour of tumbling as usual, but there are still some good ones.


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It’s always fun to see who has the most impressive straddle jumps, and to try to catch them with my camera.

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Ms. Lynne, as usual, noticed all the girls with the most beautifully fully pointed feet.

With the warm up complete, cartwheels were the first order of tumbling business.



One armed cartwheels and aerials followed quickly after.

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Then it came time for back walkovers.


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And/or front walkovers.  It’s kind of hard to tell sometimes just by looking at the pictures afterward.

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Those who had strong front walkovers worked on these with only one arm as well.


While all of that was going on, in the middle mat, some girls kept throwing their aerials to try to perfect them.



I was in and out, like I said, but I did catch some straddle press handstands as well as some hand stand to back bend stand ups.

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Then of course there were some back handsprings.

PS…  just check out her GORGEOUS almost straight legs in this next one.



More walkovers.  Again, not sure if these were front or back….

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Another back handspring….



As the hour was winding down, the dancers had their choice of which tricks to work on, with or without spotters.

Like this front walkover:




And these aerials:

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And this front walkover, which was followed up by a front aerial.

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Another aerial.



I love this last one of one of the youngest ladies in this class working on her back handspring.  Such determination on her face!  She was so close and will probably be getting it on her own very soon!


Finally, everyone gathered for a quick group shot photo with Ms. Marianne and Ms. Kelly before it was time for the jazz!