After studying tumbling for three years, Jordynn Bellville is showcasing her skills in regional and national contests.
The 6-year-old student at Latta Elementary School started training three years ago at Champion Athletics in Ada with the assistance of coach Amy Hoover. Jordynn enrolled in tumbling classes at Champion where she learned stunts, including roundoff back tucks and backhand springs.
In the fall of 2013, Jordynn’s mother, Heather Bellville, asked Jordynn if she wanted to compete in American Cheer Power’s regional contest.
“I just thought it was something that would be good for her to use her tumbling,” Heather said Monday.
Heather said Jordynn wasn’t interested in the contest at first because she didn’t want to perform in front of other people. But Heather kept telling Jordynn about the contest, telling her daughter it would be fun.
One week before the contest, Jordynn agreed to participate. She learned a new routine that week and performed at the contest, which took place Nov. 9 in Oklahoma City.
Jordynn said she was nervous before the competition, mostly because she was performing in front of a large audience.
“They would blow horns, sing the national anthem and do other stuff that was loud,” she said.
Jordynn said she forgot to do the dance that ended her routine, but she still took second place in the tiny cheerleader division of the regional cheerleading contest.
Her performance earned her a slot in the national contest, set for mid-May in Las Vegas.
One month after Jordynn captured second place in the American Cheer Power contest, she performed at the Rockstar regional competition in Oklahoma City. She finished first in regionals and went on to the national competition, which took place Feb. 15 in Tulsa.
This time, Jordynn remembered the dance that ends her routine and won the national title for the best cheerleader, tiny division.
With two regional contests and one national title under her belt, Jordynn is learning a new, more challenging routine for the American Cheer Power’s competition in Las Vegas.
She said she was looking forward to nationals, but she was scared about performing in public again.
“I’m really nervous, but I’ll just get out there and do it,” she said.
Jordynn is the daughter of Heather and William Bellville, who are raising funds to cover entry fees and other expenses for the Vegas trip.
tThose wanting to donate to the cause should call Heather at (580) 453-0830.
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