Wheel: Intro adults 14+ (MON)
The Wheel Program is currently leveled into recreational, performance, and advanced to serve our participants better.
* Recreational & Program:
for introduction level and non-competitive learners
Youth Intro 7-14yrs Mondays 3-4pm
Youth Intro 7-14yrs Fridays 2-3pm
Adults Intro 14&up Mondays 6-7pm
* Competition Wheel
for technical learning in Straightline, Spiral, & Vault, and to participate in gymnastics meets throughout the academic year. Athletes are encouraged to have a leotard, wheel shoes & acquire their own belts.
Youth 9-18yrs Fridays 3:00-4:30pm
Participants in Competition Team are encouraged to attend every week to develop movement vocabulary in all disciplines and build/maintain routines.
Recreational is a wheel introduction for our newest and/or younger troupe members, or anyone not interested in the fast paced push for higher level skill acquisition to compete in gymnastics meets.
Performance is to focus on show (and parade) skills, partnering/group timing, musicality, and character exploration. The last Showcase was May 23, 2021. Parade opportunities are limited due to Covid restrictions. Currently, our next parade will be Grayslake Days on Aug 21st.
Advanced is a longer practice with emphasis on conditioning, gymnastics skill/shapes, faster paced drive for skill building, and the commitment to attending Team practices, Wheel Weekend Workshops (Oct & March) and competing in Wheel Federation and local meets, once readiness and routines are established. There are 3 disciplines in competitive wheel gymnastics: vault, spiral and straightline.
Our Wheel Club boasts Team USA athletes in Beginner Kids, Novice, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, and Senior Ladies on all three disciplines.
National Champion Dave Ettelson, (Certified Wheel Coach Level 2) and National Champion Jennifer Richard (Certified Wheel Coach Level 1+, International Wheel Judge), National Champion Casey Crowe (& Certified Wheel Coach Level 1+), Brianna Promenzio (Jr Girls Team USA member, Level 1 coach) , and Griffin Martin (Jr Boys Team USA member)
Recreational/Performance & Advanced wheel practices will be held at Circus Kazoo gym: 100 S Atkinson Rd 102, Grayslake
Dates: June 15 – Aug 15, 2021
***** Please note that the Wheel Athletes are encouraged to attend the Friday open gym at American Eagle Gymnastics (WHEN THEY OPEN) in Round Lake ($5 each time) with their teammates to work on flips, tumbling etc to improve vaulting skills. Coaches will be in attendance to instruct & spot. This will pick up again soon (we hope?) and participants can either drive on their own or make use of carpooling within the Kazoo community.
Dates for wheel community participation:
- Competitions: local meet with Wheel Jam, MCS & Sokol in Chicago TBD
- Parades: Aug 21 – Grayslake Days.
- Trials: March 2022 in Chicago
- Nationals: October 2021 in Chicago
- World Tournament in Chicago, July 13-19 2021