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The Evolving World of Dance

Posted on 7/12/2018

Contributor: Alissa Zumer, Tumbl Trak Sales Associate & Dance Teacher


The dance world is always changing and evolving and good dance teachers must change and evolve with it.


I’ve been teaching acro/gymnastics for many years and now more than ever, acro has become a staple in dance performances. Being trained as a gymnast my whole life has made incorporating gymnastics into dance challenging in many aspects. The term “acro dance” has become more and more common in the dance world which is why I’ve transitioned my lesson plans and teaching methods to an acrobatic approach rather than gymnastics.

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Dancer Technique for Gymnastics Skills

Posted on 7/12/2018

For Jody Nichols, teaching dance and theater arts to students is second nature. But, when asked to use her expertise to help gymnasts, Jody had to take a step back and view dance skills with a different lens. Her studio, A Broadway Kids Company in Massachusetts, focuses on music, acting, theater, dance, improv and more. Jody gets her motivation from knowing that in her space, children are able to be “their true self” with full expression.  


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Your Daughter’s College Dream Is Worth Pursuing!

Posted on 6/11/2018

By Luan Peszek


JH Consulting advises college bound student athletes and their parents in the gymnastics recruiting process to find the best fit, both academically and athletically.


Let’s face it, the recruiting process can be overwhelming for the gymnast and parent. The parent feels alone in helping her daughter get recruited and the athlete lacks the confidence and experience to know how and when to start the process. Our goal is to reduce the pressure on the parent and build confidence in the gymnast by providing expert advice and knowledge.


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A Gym Full of Queens

Posted on 6/11/2018

By Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Education Coordinator and mother of two gymnasts


You know that feeling when you walk into a room and there’s an electric energy that tells you something great is about to happen?   That was the feeling when walking into the gym for Beam Queen Boot Camp, (#BQBC) in Redmond, WA last weekend. The athletes knew they were about to do something GREAT.


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Great coaches vs GOOD coaches; Contributor: Tony Retrosi

Posted on 5/4/2018
I don’t know about you, but today I have many more questions than answers. I know when I started in my career 25+ years ago I  thought had an answer for every question. I started off pretty green with questions on EVERYTHING. Then I progressed to the point where I did not have very many questions, but I had all the answers.  Quickly reality set in – the more I thought I knew the less I knew. This is a lesson that I wished I had learned from the start. The pathway would have been smoother and progress more consistent. [More]


Injecting a Daily Dose of Fun into your Coaching Style

Posted on 5/4/2018

When your reputation earns you the nickname, “Fun Master”, you’re the person everyone wants to be around.  This is the reality of Randy Parrish - Flip Fest entertainer, coach, presenter, Tumbl Trak Ambassador and all-around good guy.  


In his wife’s gym in South Carolina, Randy has a coaching style that gets results without taking himself too seriously. For the same reason people flock to him, (literally - if you’ve ever been to a National Congress, just look for the crowd), his athletes are inspired to be in the gym and work hard because Randy makes it fun to be there.


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Parenting a National Champion by Tori O'Keefe

Posted on 4/9/2018
Maile O’Keefe has become a national gymnastics treasure, winning our applause with back to back US Junior National Championship titles in 2016 and 2017.  In her first senior competition, Maile placed third at the American Cup in March, solidly paving her path in the senior ranks. [More]


Punishment in Coaching Part Three: Alternatives to Punishment

Posted on 4/9/2018

    In the classes I teach at Wichita State University we discuss why athlete’s dropout of sports.  What I hear from my students, who are mostly former and current athletes, is their love of a sport or decision to drop out of a sport was largely affected by the behavior of a coach.  Losing passion for a sport was often tied to spiteful or revengeful punishment by a coach.  Here are comments I get in regard to this type of coaching. 

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Training a Hero - By Matt Langdon

Posted on 3/8/2018
Have you ever seen something you knew was wrong but didn't do anything about it? We all have. It's human nature. But there is a way to overcome the psychological and social barriers to action - hero training.
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A Parent’s view of our nation’s treasures

Posted on 2/6/2018

Contributor: Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Education Coordinator


In my home, one of my most prized possessions is this US Olympic Team Flag.  It travels with me on all of my Tumbl Trak adventures, and accompanies my girls to their meets and camps in the hopes we will meet an Olympian who might honor us by adding their name to our treasure.  


Every day, from the flag hanging in our living room, Jordyn, Bart, Elise, Shannon, Bridget, Kim, and 35 others remind us of the strength, grace and perseverance of extraordinary human beings...and the desire to pursue gymnastics dreams.


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