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Published April 05, 2012, 12:00 AM

Toddlers in Training: Tots as young as 18 months learning sports, dance basics (photos by Dave Wallis / The Forum)


Sophia Williams, 3, is reflected in a mirror as she practices kicks at Gasper’s School of Dance in Fargo.

  • Sophia Williams, 3, is reflected in a mirror as she practices kicks at Gasper’s School of Dance in Fargo.
  • Instructor Carly Hager leads Thea Rommesmo, Grace Hager, Ellory Boutwell, Kaya Butler and Ryann Carlson through some limbering up stretches before the dance lessons start. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Kaya Butler, Ellory Boutwell, Ryann Carlson and Thea Rommesmo try to mimic instructor Carly Hager jumping as they learn how to do the bunny hop. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Instructor Carly Hager asks Kaya Butler to go back to the other side of the bar as she tries to keep the three-year-old girls concentrating on the dance practice. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Sophia Williams, 3, leaps over a carpet pad during a dance class at Gasper's School of Dance in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Instructor Carrie Eyler leads Taylor Sandin, 3, Sophia Williams, 3, and Pura Larson, 5, in practice past a mirror at Gasper's School of Dance in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Sophia Williams and Taylor Sandin, each three years old, talk to each other as they get distracted during a dance class at Gasper's School of Dance in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • A trampoline provides the means to do some leaping for Joshua Ward, 4, Michael Driscoll, 3, Max Gunderson, 5, and Nicholas Gaebe, 4, at the TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics Academy in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum