Turns, Tricks and Acro Workshop: Older Ones Stretching and Tumbling

When the younger group of  ladies headed into the back room for the dance portion of the workshop, the older girls (and one fantastic boy!) came in and spread out across the mats to get started on their own warm ups and tumbling time.

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Once they completed the seated pike position stretches and butterflies, they moved on to stretching their leg extensions.

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Then of course, came back bends.

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Soon enough, everybody stood up to stretch out a bit more…

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And also throw some straddle jumps to get those leg muscles firing.

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Then everybody divided up across the three mats to start tumbling.  With these older, more advanced students, it wasn’t long at all before many of them were throwing their awesome aerials.

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Of course, not everyone has an aerial to work on yet, so don’t think that was the only thing happening.  Loads of variations on cartwheels (running, standing, both arms, one arm) were being thrown at the same time as all those aerials by all the students.

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Next it was time to work on front and back walkovers.  Honestly, in most of the pictures, I can’t even be sure which was everyone was going.

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Several students were working their front walkovers on only one arm.

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And some were using no arms at all, making them front aerials instead.

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Many of the tumblers worked on their round-off back handsprings as well as standing back handsprings.

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When not actively practicing their back handsprings, everyone had work to do in their back bends to keep building up their strength.

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Towards the end of class, some of the ladies worked on their aerials with a spotter.

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Some others just worked on theirs some more.

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A a few put them in combinations with heel stretches.

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Ms. Kelly and Ms. Lynne worked on back tucks with those who were ready.

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Basically, there had been a great deal of amazing acro, but the tumbling time flew by and soon enough, it was time to pile up the mats because Ms. Erica was coming in to start the dance portion of the workshop.