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Toddler tumbling: Classes focus on basics

SHERIDAN — After the success of its youth tumbling program, the Sheridan Recreation District has introduced a new class for even younger tumblers—Toddler Tumbling.

Sheridan Recreation District Director Richard Wright said that the district’s tumbling program was offered last year for the first time and attracted a lot of interest and great participation. However, the class was geared for older children.

“We had a lot of younger kids who wanted to get into the regular tumbling so what we decided to do was this year offer the toddler tumbling,” Wright said.

The new class, held at Sagebrush Elementary on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m., began on Feb. 17 and was immediately filled. The class accepted young children aged 4 to 6 and had room for 12 participants. It will continue through March 19.

The class focuses on flexibility and balance, the importance of proper stretching and beginning tumbling techniques such as somersaults.

“It is for girls and boys. We’ve just heard a lot of positive things about the instructors, the kids are having fun and they really keep them busy and that is what we want to hear,” Wright said.

“They actually both worked for us in different areas of the rec district,” he added about instructors Lauren Alden and Whitney McCullough. “It was kind of a nice fit to have them come and do some other stuff for us. They are multitalented.”

Although the current toddler tumbling class is full, Wright encouraged anyone interested in signing their child up to call the recreation district office and put their name on a waiting list, as the district does intend to offer the class again due to its popularity.

A regular youth tumbling class starts April 1 and there is room available in the Level 1 and Level 2 class. Those classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Sagebrush Elementary and are for children ages 6 to 13. The classes build on the basics of tumbling and incorporate headstands, cartwheels, splits, front and back walk-overs and putting the different components into a pattern.

The regular tumbling classes cost $35 and run April 1 to May 1.

 

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Christina Schmidt has worked at The Sheridan Press since August 2012. She covers a variety of feature stories as well as stories related to local schools.

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