In March, one of our 8th graders was gone for a week of school while he went to Florida to cheer competition with his family’s studio. He talked on and on about how great it was, and how much fun he had, and how much Carter would love it. I emailed his mom at the studio, just to inquire about summer classes, but never heard back.
Amy emailed me back last week (they’d had some computer issues), and invited us in to check out a cheer class for free. So after a long day of daycare/preschool and school, following dance and Triad, we headed to Iowa All-Stars cheer studio to check out the situation.
Carter fell in love with the studio! She had a blast from start to finish! The instructors helped her get into things, and she latched on to them and did great! Mid-way through her class, I spoke with Amy. Tonight’s cheer practice lasted an hour, and there would also be a tumbling class she’d be required to take, Sunday’s from 1 – 2. The group she would be in, the Fuse, particpates in six competitions through the year, mostly close to home with one in Omaha. They have little cheer outfits, cheer shoes and cheer bags. They learn sportsmanship, teamwork, cheer and tumbling techniques. And they have a blast – and they were pretty stinkin’ cute!
Carter had a great time, but it’s a big time commitment. We talked at home, and ultimately decided that Triad was our way to go, at least for another year. At the end of the this dance season (next summer), we’re going to re-evaluate where we are, and at that point, maybe make some choices about what she’d like to continue and what she might have to drop.