We definitely want to encourage safety first and enjoyment in gymnastics. If your child is enjoying gymnastics, then they will improve faster. Encouraging stretching while watching TV and games to make building strength fun is a good start!
With our preschool aged children we discourage moving up into a class with older kids. We keep our classes small enough that our instructors should be able to push your child at their skill level while in the age appropriate class.
Yes, you can. Come do a trial class and check with your doctor before signing up, but many of our pregnant mommies have done this class. The teacher can do the spotting of your little one; your main job is to try and keep your child with the class group and participating as best as possible.
Gymnastics, Tumbling, and Parkour are like most sports in that there is no exact timeline as to how fast a child will progress. There are many factors that influence how fast progress is attained. There are factors that are more difficult to control such as coordination, strength, flexibility, power and body size. Then there are factors more easily controlled such as attendance, focus, work ethic, dedication and perseverance. Kids wanting to progress faster should consider attending more than 1x/week, attend flip flop shops to improve back handsprings and attend open gym to practice extra on skills needing more work.
The simple answer is any form of dance is beneficial to confidence in movement and coordination/grace, but ballet is the foundation of all dance and is very beneficial to the basics of gymnastics as well as other sports. Ballet can sometimes be slow moving, but is just what the “coach” ordered…