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Springfield College Set To Host 101st Gymnastics Exhibition Home Show

Springfield College Set To Host 101st Gymnastics Exhibition Home Show Springfield, Mass., Oct. 13, 2010 - What do extreme sports, circus entertainment, dance shows, and popular fitness routines have in common? They’re all based in gymnastics, as the 101st annual Springfield College gymnastics exhibition show, “Gymnastics 101: Basics Taken to the Extreme,” will make evident on Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. and Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Blake Arena, on the campus.

The college’s champion and All-America gymnasts, along with other members of the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams and student dancers, will perform a full range of gymnastics feats to ingenious choreography, dramatic special effects, and music from throughout recent decades.

“The influence of gymnastics has permeated other sports as well as forms of entertainment throughout our culture,” said Springfield College Women’s Gymnastics Head Coach Cheryl Raymond. “We see it in extreme sports such as freestyle snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX bicycling, X-Games, and more. Popular entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil, Dancing with the Stars, and many popular fitness routines take their inspiration from this century-old sport.”

Springfield College Men’s Gymnastics Head Coach Steve Posner added, “The phenomenal evolution that has arisen from gymnastics leads us to project that the sport will have even greater applications to athletics, fitness and entertainment in the future.”

Among performers in the show will be Ty Evans, who won the gold medal in vaulting at the 2009 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship (USAGCNC), and earned All America honors for all-around performance and on the pommel horse.

Other Springfield College gymnasts in the show who won 2009 All America honors are Josh Fox for pommel horse, and Christina Pagella for vaulting. Last year, the Springfield College Men’s Gymnastics Team placed third in the USAGCNC and fourth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The Springfield College Women’s Gymnastics Team placed fifth in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association National Championships and third in the ECAC.

Upholding a Springfield College tradition, the dramatic finale of the show will be the tablueaux, living statuaries by gymnasts in metallic body paint. Themes of this year’s tableaux will be aspiration, balance, flexibility, tribute to the YMCA, an unfolding flower in tribute to the conclusion of the college’s 125th anniversary, and a sports theme in tribute to members of the college’s athletics hall of fame.

Tickets will be available at the door, and may be ordered in advance for pick-up at the door by calling (413) 748-3332. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $7 for persons over age 64, and $5 for persons under age 18.

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