The best trampoline act I’ve ever seen is in La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil, in Orlando. It includes a lot of backdrop skills into, onto and on top of a 3-story “building”. (We did a lot of this kind of “spiderman” work at Taiso in Saskatoon over the years.)
The two feature trampolinists are fantastic. Coach Mathew Sparks gave me a tour of the set last month. Wow!
You can watch a brief video on the La Nouba site. This show includes trick bikes too. Cool.
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The Flying Wallendas are still going strong. The Wallendas are one of the most famous circus family acts and they still are acclaimed for the 8-person pyramid in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records.
This photo is the 7-person pyramid they have been doing for decades.
Wow. I want a pair of these?
Click on the video below or watch it on YouTube.
They are not the same ones I found on the jumpboots.com website.
Warren suspects they are made by Powerskip in Germany..
Here’s a video of a double front into a pit using Powerskip boots:
Gymnasts like it. And the new gymnastics movie has been a financial success â€” but critic Peter Sobczynski calls it a “brainless and soulless example of marketing masquerading as moviemaking”.
One wag took this as a compliment.
Seems this little movie did some creative advance work with a sophisticated MySpace page.
Disney also packaged a special mailing of the “Stick It” trailer and the Missy Elliott video “We Run This” to International Gymnast magazine’s 30,000 subscribers.
Savvy Gym Clubs organized Stick It parties for their teams. GymnasticsZone posted a positive review, from a gymnastics perspective.
I am happy for the success of the film, but am already slightly dreading “Stick It, Again.”
Wonderful photo, don’t you think?
Larger version on GrinnellGirl’s photostream.
I found it on flickr using a cool search page by Air Tight Interactive.
If you want to use a flickr photo in a project (as I am here) first check the copyright restrictions. In this case the photo is in limbo, source unknown. Add a comment if you know where it comes from.
The best use of the internet for teaching skills I’ve seen is The Front Handspring Vault by coach Brian Bakalar of Gymnastics Revolution, Connecticut.
Then check Brian’s photo and photo sequence database of basic skills he calls Gymnastics Interactive.
This is the best last salary review I have seen. Bill Sands collected data from 76 coaches; half male, half female. (34.2%) college, (59.2%) club.
What Do Gymnastics Coaches Make? â€” USA Technique magazine
I’ve been waiting for this.
The successful predecessor to this film, Bring it On, helped popularize cheerleading. Stick It will do the same for gymnastics, I think.
How did we not know about this sport?
Reviews have been less-than-Oscar-worthy so far. To see for yourself click the video below and watch the trailer.
Stick It – official website