Sandra Hollingsworth, a native of Indiana, began her dance training in Des Moines, Iowa at age 11 with various teachers. She continued her dance training in Chicago, Illinois at Stone-Camryon Ballet School, Jimmy Payne’s Advanced Tap School, Gus Giordano, Jazz, Evanston, Illinois, James Rozanas, acrobatics and Luiji, Jazz, New York.
Sandra began a professional career at the age of 13 with Barnes and Caruthers in Chicago, Illinois, playing state fair grandstand shows throughout the United States and Canada. They were representatives for the State Department touring South and Central American cities.
Sandra is a member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters in Chicago, Illinois, a member of USTA & Iowa AAU, Sports Acrobatics Association, and a member of Professional Dance Teacher Association.
A 48-year teacher of dance in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Sandra’s students have performed in many organizations during the past 48 years including the Fort Dodge Symphony, Fort Dodge Civic Dance Troupe, Barbershoppers, Sweet Adelines and Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club. She has been a choreographer for St. Edmond and St. Edmond Gael-ettes pom pon drill team instructor. Many of her students have gone on to teaching careers.
Roger Hollingsworth, a native of Fort Dodge, was a juggler first, and a gymnastic teacher second. In 1970, Roger began teaching gymnastics at the Fort Dodge YMCA as an independent gymnastic club, opening up for the first United States Gymnastics Federation competitive gymnastic club in Northwest Iowa. In 1996 he started the Hollingsworth Power Stars Tumbling and Trampoline Team.
He studied ambidextrous acrobatics with James Rozanas. Roger studied extensively with Francis Brunn, Freddie Angel, Rudy Cardenas, Bill Robertson, Herb Vogel and Jack Bond. Working for Barnes and Caruthers in Chicago, Illinois, Roger toured the United States, South and Central America.
Many of his students have gone on to teaching and coaching careers. Roger has taught gymnastics classes in many area cities. He was the first group of U.S.G.F. coaches to be safety certified for the U.S.G.F. In 1997 the USTA created a new coaches certification which Roger completed and for many years was the Iowa State reporter for International Gymnast magazine. He is a member of the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics club, a member of the United States Trampoline and Tumbling Association and AAU.
This is Roger’s 48th year in Fort Dodge.
Honors and Certifications
- Named the “Iowa 2005 USTA Coach of the Year”
- Member of the United States Trampoline and Tumbling Association
- Member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
- Member of the University of Iowa Mens Gymnastics Club
- AAU-U.S.T.A. Competition Recreational Gymnastics
- Member of the Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
- Sports Acrobatics Association
- U.S.G.F. Safety Certified
- Member of the Iowa AAU
- U.S.T.A. Certified
Amateur Athletic Union
United States Tumbling
& Trampoline Association