Choreographer Stacey Umeh interview

Nick Ruddock interviewed one of the best choreographers in the world.

I learned a lot about how she teaches confidence and performance.

Stacey, who sometimes can be found at home in Perth, travels non-stop working with coaches, teams and gymnasts around the world. She’s now built a home studio for consulting online. You can see it in a new Dance & Artistic Preparation online 30 minute session streamed on Facebook.

She choreographed 2010 World Floor Champ Lauren Mitchell’s routine. She’s currently working with Australian qualified Olympian Georgia Godwin.

In recent years she’s worked with the Chinese National Team, as well.

That podcast is free:


Visit Stacey’s website to learn more about her work at and also check out her Facebook Page Parallel Universe.

Stacey has a new podcast, as well, launched in February, also called Parallel Universe.

ALREADY-qualified Olympians will keep spots for 2021

All athletes who had qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will keep their spots for the Games next year following their postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. …

The IOC also said that the amount of spots allocated for each sport at the Games would remain the same next year. …

Thomson Reuters

René Cournoyer – Canada – had already qualified as an Individual in the AA at 2019 Worlds

introducing backwards Giants

Though I use a number of important progressions for this skill, this is my favourite.

The gymnast can jump as high as they like. The goal is the front support position, not handstand. There is every incentive to shorten the body on the upswing.

A spotter is needed as they do sometimes swing too high to reach front support on their own.

This video is from Bermuda Gymnastics Association a couple of years ago. The gymnast is now Level 7 competing Giants very comfortably.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Full Out 2 – the movie

Full Out 2 – You Got This!

Now available for rental or purchase on Vimeo

It might be available elsewhere depending on where you live.

Spencer posted a funny GIF review.

The movie includes Chelsea Werner, a gymnast and model with Down syndrome.

Can the OU women’s gymnastics team win the National Championship without their star athlete Brenna Dowell who leaves the team to try out for the Olympics?

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on Vimeo.

OU’s Allie Stern competes on the vault during a women’s gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Alabama at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Okla., Friday, March 15, 2019. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

meanwhile … at Round Lake

Valentina Rodionenko:

“Round Lake is our home, we’re not going out. What does it matter where we stay – in self-isolation [at home] or at the training center?  …”

Artur Dalaloyan:

“There weren’t any major changes.

The only thing was the increased number of prophylactic measures – to rub hands with alcohol more often. Everywhere – at the entrance to the dorms, at the canteen entrance, at the gym entrance – they put special devices that you can use to disinfect your hands and anything you want, even feet.

At the entrance to Round Lake, they put medics who are checking the body temperature of anyone who enters with contactless thermometers that are now used everywhere …”

Q: Is the training center locked down. Or you can leave it and come back?

A: “You can leave. You just need to put your name down in a journal and when you come back – check your body temperature and tell about how you are feeling. …”