Jesse White Tumblers Throw It Down
And a group of Belize City high schoolers got to witness real athletic excellence today when they got a preview for a show of the Jesse White Tumblers. Monica Bodden was there to see them stunting:
Monica Bodden Reporting
Students, teachers and other onlookers were blown away this afternoon by a spectacular performance put off by 10 tumblers of the Jesse White Tumbling Team. The group of young men entertained the crowd with some mind blowing stunts in the air - and had everyone holding their breaths. In the end, they received nothing but some good ole Belizean love.
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council
"Well this is part of the visit of the Secretary of the State, Jesse White from the state of Illinois. Of course he has stared the Jesse White foundation, and this is a foundation that has been in existence for over 50 years. He's worked with over 15,000 tumblers, who have pass through his program. And so he brought a small contingent of them, 10 of them, and what he requested of us, is that we just organize activities that engage young people so that they can see a demonstration of the tumblers."
The internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team has been thrilling audiences since 1959 with their gravity-defying performances.
"He is going to be traveling to Dangriga tomorrow, and they're going to have shows there. He's of course been invited officially by Love FM, the band fest and he's going to be performing on Saturday. But we've had to have an opportunity for Belizean students in Belize City, just to benefit from his skills. They want to do as much show as possible, and they're trying to fit in as much people as possible, so that people can get a glimpse of the talented young people that has come from the State of Illinois. One of the things that were very good also, is that he requested that we link up with the local tumblers. Of course, the local tumblers gave an intro program, and he was very impress with their talent. He has left some of the equipment that he had brought with him, for the benefit of the local tumblers. So he is all about sharing the experience and knowledge and talents, for the Belizean public."
And while in existence for over 50 years, White's foundation has worked with over 15 thousand tumblers.
Emmanuel McGhee - Tumbler
"This afternoon's performance was a great turn out. This is our first performance being down here in Belize, and we just want to give them an example of what we do back in Chicago."
"We notice that you all were sharing some time with the Belizean tumblers. Tell us about the time you shared together, and what you shared and dialogued about."
"What we shared in dialogue was that we like the fact that they don't really use - like showcase perform form. We use form with our and they're just a little bit more power, which we could tell, because they don't even use mats and equipment. So, we had to give them their standing ovation for them to be doing that."
"Will you guys be sharing some of your techniques with these tumblers?"
"Oh absolutely, we definitely will share them and show them what we can do where we use our mats and tramplet. So, we definitely want them to emulate us."
"Is this your first time in Belize?"
"This is our first time in Belize, and I'm very excited to be here."
Benjamin Robinson - Professional Tumbler
"Usually we take the time, beforehand, to do physical activities, to get ourselves warmed up. We were playing basketball earlier and we stretched also. But most of the time, you know, like sometimes we just have to go on like in an instant and have no time to stretch or do anything, so sometimes - that's why we go through training, so we're ready you know, for at a moment's notice. I first heard it from my friend. He was a tumbler, he went to grade school with me and he told me about the team, and I came and I tried out. When I was in 6th grade, and ever since then I've just been on the team. I went and I came back, but it's been just a consistent tumbling - I've been tumbling consistently, I just love to do it so, I had to come back."
The tumblers big performance is on Saturday at the LOVE FM Bandfest.
This morning Secretary of State White attended a meeting with the Mayor's association.