General Information

This class is for ages 10-17 and will include swing flag guard technique and performance. Students will learn to use Praise Flags for the Arts Academy Performance.  The class will include dance movement.  Praise flags use a 35″ dowel with a standard sized flag. There is no height requirement for this level. Students will be paying for their dowel and their practice flag and will be responsible with the transportation of Praise Flags between classes.

In communicating a proper Christian ethic, we seek to improve the overall physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of each participant. We seek to encourage each participant who does not know Christ to establish a personal relationship with Him. For those who already do know, we hope to help deepen their walk with Christ in fellowship with others.


Date/Time:   Class normally is held once a week each session.  Sessions are held three times a year; Fall, Winter and Spring.  Fall 2020 Session Cancelled due to Covid 19 limitations. Please click on the link to read our Fall Sports Announcement at top of website page. Check back in November for information about winter session.


Fee:  $50.00 plus cost of flag $10, if you don’t have one from previous session/or, in poor condition. Fee includes Praise Flag dowel and practice flag.  (Winter 2020 fees, subject to change)
For Spring Session Only: Spring Festival Costume Hair Bow Fee TBA to be paid at Parent Meeting or first week of class with check/cash.
Refund Policy:  (minimum $5 fee retained if refund requested).   No refund will be given to any participant who withdraws after the second week of class. An exception may be granted at the discretion of the staff due to medical reasons only. Further, no refund will be given to any participant removed from the class during the course of the season for disciplinary reasons. Refund will be determined according to return of equipment and condition of equipment. (dowel and flag)


Registrations are available one month prior to start of session.  Register online with debit/credit card payment or at church welcome desk with paper registrations and check/cash payment.  They are accepted in the Sports and Recreation Office until TBA, or until the class fills up, whichever occurs first. Late registrations will be accepted if space is available. Office hours are 9am-3pm Mon-Fri.



Mandatory Parents Meeting:    TBA      Instructor will be available to meet with you.    Contact Sports Ministry at or Deanna Schmucker at if not able to attend the Parent Meeting.


End of Session Dance Festival:  TBA   Located in First Friends Church gym.  Please have your child in the gym 15 min prior to start to use the restroom and find their seats.  Family and Friends are invited to view your child’s performance.  There is no cost for admission.
Dance Festival Rehearsal:    Please check with your instructor for schedule.


Instructors:  Erica Fill and Deanna Schmucker


Questions?  Contact First Friends Sports and Recreation Ministry at Ph #330-966-6868, email











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Parent Resources

Parent Welcome Letter (click here to view and print after Parent Meeting)


What do students wear to flag class?
Comfortable clothes and sneakers that follow these guidelines:

Solid Black on bottom (shorts, fingertip length or longer, or yoga pants)
No words/illustrations on the derriere
Students with long hair must pull the hair back.
Tennis shoes or other comfortable dance shoes
T-shirt or other shirt that covers shoulders (no tank tops) and bellies.



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Canton, OH 44714

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