Mayor Cory A. Booker and Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Tharien Karim Arnold have announced that the City of Newark will begin to offer a new tumbling class for Newark youth ages 7-17, starting on Tuesday, June 5 at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center, 211 West Kinney St. The entrance is on Howard Street. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm and on Saturdays from noon to 2 pm and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 4.
The class will be taught by 12-time World Tumbling Champion and Newark North Ward native Rayshine Harris. Harris is the current captain and choreographer of the NY Knicks AcroBack Tumbling Team, and travels the globe performing acrobatic and tumbling shows. His class will teach participants several levels of acrobatic tumbling, depending on the participant’s skill level.
Harris has a lengthy career as a tumbler, winning national and international championships during the 1990s. He was one of six American tumblers asked to perform in the 1996 closing ceremonies for the Atlanta Olympics. He has also performed exhibitions on “Good Morning America,” during half-time ceremonies for the New Jersey Nets, for President George W. Bush, and during President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Festivities.
Registration is required for the free class, and applications are available now at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center from noon to 7 pm and at the Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, located at 94 William St., 2nd Floor, from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Class size is limited to 20 students, so early registration is encouraged. The class is restricted to Newark residents only, and proof of residency is required upon registration.
Participants must wear workout attire, with socks and supportive sneakers. Jeans and boots are not allowed. Participants should also bring water bottles.
For more information, contact Andrea Mason at the Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs at (973) 733-6454 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this or any other municipal program or policy, call the Newark Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
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