Buddy Summitt

Acrobatics Instructor

Buddy was born in San Antonio, TX. He spent most his life in Tennessee; it was here that he first got started in Acrobatic Arts. In high school, he joined the Acro team and started learning many new skills such as, tumbling, stunting, teeterboard, Russian beam, globe walking, silks, and more. After high school, Buddy tried out for his college team. It was here that he really began to learn not only more technical skills but, he really started to share his knowledge with others.
 
Buddy began his coaching career at Ginger Brown’s Academy of Performing Arts. He taught tumbling skills to the dancers and travelled with them to competitions to help encourage and mentor students. He began to really enjoy teaching and his interest in being able to learn and share his knowledge with his students began to increase. He started a second job at Gymnastic Center of Chattanooga, where he taught recreational tumbling classes and worked with the team gymnasts. Buddy also studied and received several certifications from USA Gymnastics.
 
In 2011, Buddy joined the United States Marine Corps, where he has been serving
honorably all around the country since. His service did not interfere with his desire to teach. He volunteered on base at Camp Lejeune, NC as a cheerleading coach and got another part time job at Step Ahead Gymnastics and Dance Studio, there Buddy taught recreational tumbling, was an All Star cheerleading coach, and worked with both the dancers and cheerleaders during competitions. He also taught silks, worked one-on- one with students of all ages, and even had several students that he mentored for their high school senior project.
 
Buddy was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA in 2015 and had to take a break from coaching due to his deployment. However, he recently returned from deployment and is in the process of transitioning out of the Marine Corps. Buddy plans on attending La Sierra University in the fall of 2018, where he will study English and pre-Medicine. Buddy recently started teaching tumbling at South Coast Conservatory, where he continues to learn and find new ways to teach and share his skills.

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