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By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Dream Becomes Reality with New Gymnastics and Clogging Studio

 

November 7, 2018

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Tiffany Ross assists a preschool student on the uneven bars on Oct. 25.

Area residents might have noticed there is a new addition to downtown Glasgow. Hi-Line Clogging and Gymnastics, owned and operated by Tiffany Ross and her husband, Dr. Kevin Ross, provides the opportunity for area children to learn recreational gymnastics, as well as provides a space for T. Ross to continue to teach her clogging lessons to residents of the area.

The building, opened since Sept. 10, is located at the former Gaffaney's building at 433 2nd Ave. S., Glasgow, was originally intended as just clogging studio, where T. Ross would be able to continue the clogging lessons she provides to the community. Ross has been teaching clogging for five years, first starting at the Civic Center, until the class outgrew that space. The next location was the Senior Center, but due to the popularity of the classes, the space was quickly being outgrown. T. Ross needed to find another location and thought the former Gaffaney's building would be a great permanent solution.

After viewing the building, T. Ross quickly realized there was way too much space for what she needed to teach clogging. Since moving to Glasgow, the Rosses have talked about opening up a gymnastic studio in town, but it always seemed like a dream. "Our daughters participated in recreational gymnastics when we lived in Wyoming. We always wished our girls could have the opportunity here," said T. Ross. After touring the building, and realizing how much space could be utilized, they decided to make a years-long dream a reality.

"We just decided to combine our expertise and skills and make a thing out of it," said T. Ross. Being in the gymnastics realm is nothing new for the Rosses. K. Ross was a competitive gymnast through high school and coached for eight years. T. Ross was in recreational gymnastics since her early teen years and stayed with the sport in her adult years by helping K. Ross coach. Both K. and T. Ross are certified with USA Gymnastics and utilize the USA Gymnastics standards for skill progression. Their daughters, Kaylee and Kambria, were in gymnastics for four to five years prior to moving to Glasgow, and are currently getting their USA Gymnastics certification in order to help with the studio. "They are excited to help. They want to go through the trainings, learn different skills and managing. What they are learning through their trainings can also be applied to other aspects of their lives," said T. Ross.

Currently there are classes offered for children of all ages, starting with toddlers age 18 months accompanied by a parent to high-schoolers. At this time classes are divided up by age and besides gymnastic skills students are learning life skills such as confidence, discipline, perseverance, following directions and being part of a small group. "We are currently starting at age levels, but as time goes on, we might divide classes up by skill level," said T. Ross. While teaching the classes, USA Gymnastics progression levels will be utilized allowing the students to progress and learn the skills they need to know. "It gives the kids something they can tangibly see, and will also provide a way for a child to easily transition to another center in the event they move," said T. Ross. The studio is getting assistance with the preschool classes by Tayte Prewitt to ensure all children are able to stay focused and have a little more one-on-one time. "Prewitt has been an awesome help. I have been able to do a lot that I wouldn't normally be able to do without the extra set of hands," said T. Ross.

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Tayte Prewett (l) and a student in Tiffany Ross' preschool gymnastic class get ready to do a flip on Oct. 25.

"People have been dying for it [a gymnastics studio]. The feedback has been amazing, and we can't believe how quickly the classes filled up," said T. Ross. The classes now going on are through December, at which time T. and K. Ross will be reevaluating to determine how many more classes of each age level should be available. "We really want to offer more to the community. Our goal is to make this a family gym. We love working as a family and we want all families to be comfortable coming here," said T. Ross. "I love working with kids and I love teaching. It's such a joy for me, and truly a win-win situation."

In the near future, there will be additions to the inside of the building including a spring floor and roll out mats. "We are so grateful the high school is allowing us to use their mats until our flooring comes in," said T. Ross. Other additions will include a longer beam, a high bar and springboards. "Due to the hurricane, our supplies got delayed, but we are happy we were able to open and get everyone going with the material we were able to obtain," said T. Ross.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun of Hi-Line Clogging and Gymnastics, the best way to contact T. or K. Ross is through the Hi-Line Clogging and Gymnastics Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/hilinecloggingandgymnastics/. Class descriptions and times can be found on their website http://www.hilinecloggingandgymnastics.com.

 

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