They have, or are near to having, their pull-over on bars, and start learning back hip circles on that apparatus. On vault they begin to work on the “handstand-flat back” vault with a spotter, and they begin to practice handstands on the beam as well as leaps and jumps. On floor they practice skills such as a handstand to bridge and kick overs, and begin exercises to prepare them for back handsprings. Successful students in the Advanced class have developed strength in their arms, abs, and legs, and their splits and straddles come near to the floor.
Students who have mastered the skills of the Advanced class may be invited to join the Spirit Gymnastics Team through the Xcel Bronze program. They can also choose to remain in the Advanced Class to continue learning gymnastics recreationally.