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More than just tumbling

'God Bless the USA' recital held at H-M-S

If you live in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school district, you've most likely heard of well-known local tumbling instructor Danette Block.

Block has a vast background in the tumbling and dance scene. She started under Ocheyedan instructor Bernie Willadsen in the third grade and eventually became a classroom assistant and coach under Willadsen in high school. The longtime instructor was asked to teach in Hartley but wasn't interested in the position, so she asked Block if she'd like to do it.

The answer was a resounding yes, and Block has been at it since 1979.

"That was one night a week, teach...