We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.
Tumbling & Dance
Tumbling & Dance Classes are available in ongoing registration. Begin at any time!
Levels & Descriptions
Parent/Child: This is a class designed to teach tumbling with the help of an adult partner. One adult for every two children is required to help instructor encourage the participants to be engaged in the basic movements of tumbling. They will use games and music to keep the activities fun and flexible!
Beginner: This class is for all tumblers who have little or no experience with tumbling at all. They will learn the basic fundamentals of tumbling as well as some skills. Stretching, forward rolls, backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, back-bend, back-walkover, and front walkover. The 6:30pm class will be for the tumblers who can use these skills to form passes.
Novice: This class will be for the tumblers who can do a back-bend, back-walkover, front-walkover, and cartwheels. They will learn back flips. This class will be putting together all these skills to form passes.
Intermediate: This class will be for the tumblers who can do round-offs and back flips. They will learn back tucks. They will form passes with these skills.
Advanced: This class is for the tumblers who can already do back flips and back tucks. These tumblers will learn front flips, branies, and fulls. This is the most advanced class. They will put their skills together to form a pass.
YMCA Rhythm Dance Academy
Meet Carol Garside, our Rhythm Academy Instructor! Carol has 13 years of dance training at the renowned Lois Rae Watts School of Dance. During this time, she also served as a student instructor for the younger classes. She is a graduate of Parsons College with an elementary education degree. Carol is also a certified Zumba Instructor here at our YMCA.
Rhythm Academy promotes a well-rounded dance experience with a primary focus on tap, ballet and jazz. Children will reap the benefits of dance instruction throughout life with increased coordination and grace of movement.