Extreme Spirit Allstarz (ESA) Cheer, Dance and Tumble, a cheerleading and dance program with facilities on Cothren Street in Wilkesboro and in Yadkinville, is still operating – but remotely – during the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement of Gov. Roy Cooper’s shelter in place order due to the coronavirus resulted in in-person ESA classes and practices coming to a halt two days before a competition. This was to be the first competition for a couple of teams.
ESA adjusted by using the Zoom platform to provide online sessions for competitive athletes and for those in tumble, stretch and flexibility classes.
ESA co-owner April Holleman said ESA coaches stepped up to the plate with creativity during this unusual time. “While they can’t be in the gym like normal, they have created challenges for the kids to do at home and offered a variety of skill classes.”
Holleman said coaches have awarded kids free pizza delivery and other prizes to motivate them to participate.
She said ESA plans to finish the season with virtual competitions, with a goal of wrapping up the year with rescheduled competitions in June.
Holleman said ESA, a member of the U.S. Allstar Federation, represents a discipline of competitive cheerleading, dance and tumbling open to all youths ages 3-18 years. It currently serves over 150 youths from Alexander, Ashe, Caldwell, Davie, Iredell, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, as well as Cana, Va.