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Why Technique

Technique Tumbling and Cheer Prep has the desire to create a culture of tumbling and cheer excellence in the Bloomington-Normal area that each individual can take pride in whether they are involved in tumbling and cheer for fun and recreation or for competitive and school cheerleading.  For the recreational tumbler, our staff will utilize drills and techniques used by the best coaches throughout the country.  Cheerleaders will be able to take this culture of tumbling, jumps and stunting excellence back to their respective cheer squads which will help to improve their teams as well. Central Illinois boasts some fantastic cheerleading talent and our goal is to take it to the next level, one cheerleader at a time! Learn more about our class offerings today!

About the Owner

Technique Tumbling and Cheer Prep is headed up by former owner and head coach of Rising Stars Academy, Russ Berndt.  Upon retiring from competitive gymnastics and Rising Stars Academy, Russ recognized the community’s need for tumbling and cheer specific training classes. As a 25-year veteran of competitive coaching in both gymnastics and power tumbling & trampoline coupled with a long history of State, Regional and National Champions and Competitors, Russ is excited to narrow his focus to tumbling and bring Bloomington-Normal along with the rest of Central Illinois the best tumbling and cheer instruction for all ability levels.  For over 25 years, Russ and his staff have trained many of the area’s best high school cheerleaders in his upper level gymnastics programs prior to them moving into cheerleading.  He is dedicated to providing a highly trained staff that will challenge athletes to maximize their potential with the best and latest drills and techniques.