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Women's Artistic Gymnastics Class

Women's Gymnastics is a sport that consists of: floor exercise, vault, uneven bars and balance beam.  These require balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and endurance. The movements involved in gymnastics contribute to the development of the arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest, and abdominal muscle groups.

We offer Women's Gymnastics as a recreational class or as a competitive team sport for girls ages 4 and up.

At DSA, our very own Coach Tatiana Bunch who has many accomplishments in the Gymnastics world, both as an athlete and as a coach.

VAULT:  A successful vault begins with a strong, accelerated run.  the best vaulters explode off the board with tremendous quickness during the preflight phase of the vault.  When the gymnast pushes off the vault table, the judges are looking for proper body position and an instantaneous repulsion.  Watch for height and distance traveled, as well as the number of flips and twists.  Gymnasts strive to "stick" their landings by taking no extra steps.

UNEVEN BARS:  The most spectacular of the women's events, the uneven bars demand strength, as well as concentration, courage, coordination and split-second timing.  Watch for the big swings that begin in handstands on the high bar, incorporating multiple hand changes, pirouettes and release elements.  The entire should flow one skill to the next without pauses, extra swings or additional supports.  Watch for the high flying dismount where the gymnast will attempt to stick her landing.

BALANCE BEAM:  The beam is only four inches wide and considered the most difficult event by many gymnasts.  The gymnast must use acrobatic, tumbling and dance movements in her routine.  Watch for acrobatic series consisting of two or more elements performed in a row.  The overall execution should give the impression the the gymnast is performing on the floor, not the beam.  Watch for variations in rhythm, changes in level, and the harmonious blend of dance and acrobatic elements.

FLOOR EXERCISE:  Usually a favorite event for the fans, the floor routine must be choreographed to music and cover the entire floor area.  The gymnast must use a variety of dance and tumbling elements which reflect her personality.  Most gymnasts at the international level will do four tumbling passes, changing both the direction and level of movement throughout the routine.  Watch for powerful, yet graceful, routines that are fun and exciting.

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