Getting kids started at a young age builds a strong foundation for the future?whether it's heading to competition or simply learning the value of self-discipline. At Olympic Dreams, students as young as 18 months can enroll in gymnastic classes that work to develop coordination, physical prowess, and how to execute a perfect-10 somersault. In addition to general gymnastics courses for boys and girls, the center also offers more specialized and focused classes, such as tumbling and trampoline.
Perfect Balance Gymnastics and Cheer trains kids from pre-K to high school age in the arts of gymnastics, tumbling, and cheer. Whether they're getting ready for a state championship or working on their fine motor skills, all students benefit from a crew of supportive instructors who draw from a wide range of experiences?including coaching National Champion collegiate gymnasts and winning state titles with impressive vault and floor work. Tumblers learn dizzying feats of acrobatics on the mats, while gymnasts hone everything from basic skillsets to advanced techniques. Cheer camps and classes train students in the stylish moves of hip-hop dance teams as well as the structural soundness of a perfectly designed human pyramid.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Joe Corrigan's four daughters were his main source of inspiration when he founded Lake Erie Gymnastics in 1980. He wanted to create a place where kids could have fun while developing as athletes. Now that it's passed into the hands of his children, Lake Erie Gymnastics has grown into a comprehensive training facility for boys and girls aged 2?18, catering to future generations of casual enthusiasts, dedicated competitors, and future superhero sidekicks alike.
Certified trainers oversee all of the programs, and instruction consists of age-appropriate exercises and activities designed to introduce fundamentals at a comfortable pace. Whether kids are crawling through tunnels or learning to handle gymnastics equipment such as spring board and balance beams, they're gaining improved strength, stamina, flexibility, and agility. In addition to that, Lake Erie Gymnastics also hopes to instill values of self-discipline and perseverance.
The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.
Today, PoleAddix is a hot pink-accented dance studio with seven poles, two stages, a light show system, and a schedule packed with classes and workshops. But the origins of this fully-stocked dance academy go back to a simple birthday request. Founder Cynthia Wilson was inspired to start pole dancing on her husband's 55th birthday, but not because she intended to impress with her own routine. After visiting a disappointing dance club where there were no pole dancers, Cynthia noted the void in their local community and requested a pole for Christmas. After enrolling in classes, she let her newfound passion for the muscle-toning art form carry her away?right into a second career. Aside from pole dance and fitness, her studio features classes in chair dancing, fully-clothed striptease cardio, and even?in a single-session workshop?the tricky art of walking gracefully in heels.