“My main goal in teaching the class is to make sure that everyone has fun,” instructor Tiana Koehler said. “I’m teaching them basic flexibility, strength and listening skills that will help them in the future.”
Koehler has been teaching classes for a total of six years – one and a half of those years at the Aquatic Center. Growing up as a gymnast, she thought it would be fun to teach tumbling while earning a teaching degree.
Students in the 6 and older class made up mostly of girls trying to get more work in for dance and gymnastics unanimously agreed with their teacher and had nothing but positive things to say about the half hour class.
“It’s fun,” 10-year-old Megan Painter said. “You don’t get as sore as from dance and our teacher’s very nice. The teaching room doesn’t ever smell bad either.”
Koehler teaches a 3- through 5-year-old class and a 6 and older class. The classes open with a basic warm-up game and stretch period designed to keep kids safe and nimble while participating in the class. She also makes a game out of the time, keeping the kids interested with a level of fun.
“I want to make sure that the girls are at a level of flexibility so they’re not getting hurt,” Koehler said.
After warm-ups the 3 through 5 class practices basic summersaults, handstands, backbends, backward rolls and basic jumping exercises. The girls then move to the balance beam and an obstacle course that wraps up all the exercises into one final section.
The 6 and older class offers the same warm-up with a difference in skill level for the exercises. After the warm-up, the older class goes into handstands, cartwheels, back and front walk-overs, round offs and back handsprings.
“A lot of these girls are already signed up for dance and gymnastics,” Koehler said. “I want to prepare and build their confidence for future gymnastic, cheer and dance programs.”