Partner stunt team defies gravity

Story by Baylie Escamillia

In the John W. Hart Building’s main gym, partner stunt team classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To join, participants must either be a student or the spouse of a student. You can join as a couple, or as an individual, according to the BYU-Idaho website.

Men are the bases who throw the women, the flyers, into the air and catch them. The act instills trust and enforces technique into participants.

“It’s a lot of fun when you’re working with someone and you finally hit that stunt that you’ve been working on a lot. Last semester we recruited a lot of bases ’cause we were competitive and I wanted a bigger team, so that was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun just to see the bases improve. I’ve had quite a few stay this semester, so we’ve been trying to get a lot of fliers this semester. So we’ve been teaching a lot of girls how to fly, people who have never done it before, and it’s been very exciting to see their progress when they finally hit stunts and do things they didn’t think they could,” said Jonathan Wood, the stunt coach.

Wood said that before trying any new stunts, participants practice what they will be doing only a few inches off of the ground in order to see what it will feel like and what they should do. Once they feel comfortable enough they take to the air to try their new skills.

Stunts start with the basics and gradually become more complex.

There’s no reason to fear falling. The bases are taught the proper ways on how to catch their flyer if they should fall.

After every stunt, corrections are given so that participants can improve and become better.

Not only is it a way to bond with others and make new friends, it’s also a great workout.

Students can preregister on, and should have their BYU-Idaho student ID card with them at every meeting, according to the BYU-I website.

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