For more than 20 years, Carrie Heller's life has been a balancing act between honing her circus talents and helping others. Today, the licensed clinical social worker, a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization, blends therapy methods with big-top techniques at the Circus Arts Institute, benefiting children and adults alike with mind- and body-benefiting acrobatics that send students swinging, twirling, and laughing through the air.
Carrie and her team of instructors acquaint students with circus-performance fundamentals using the trapeze, tight wire, Spanish web, and juggling balls. They bolster core and upper-body strength during Circus Arts Fitness workouts, which have been featured on CNN for their exciting approach to toning. For students with special needs, such as sensory challenges or ADD, they host Circus Arts Therapy classes. These sessions channel playful and positive energy as small groups learn to navigate circus equipment, enhancing their confidence, social skills, and physical coordination in a much more natural way than going on a handstand speed date.
The first time Jimmy Redus tried out for cheerleading, it was just a joke with his wrestling buddies. However, when he didn't make the team, cheerleading became a real goal and eventually, a passion. More than two decades since that first tryout, he owns Middle Georgia Cheer Extreme??a cheer and gymnastics training center with its own 11,000 square-foot facility and team of experienced coaches. Tumbling classes, cheer teams, and private lessons train students ages 2 to adult, focusing on the athleticism of the sport and personal development.
Amplitude Gymnastics Academy is a brand new home for kids in motion. Just about as soon as they can walk or dream of flying, boys and girls are invited to start exploring the basics of gymnastics and tumbling. As they progress, they move on to navigate the pommel horse, parallel bars, trampolines, and other equipment filling the 10,500-square-foot space.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Cheerleading & tumbling
Georgia Elite All Stars' staff of professional cheerleaders, gymnasts, and martial artists lead tumbling and cheer classes for students 18 months to 18 years old in a state of the art facility. Programs range from weekly tumbling sessions for toddlers new to walking to grade-school cheer teams competing in Cheersport Cheerleading and Dance Championships. But the activities offered here encompass much more than just straightforward tumbling and cheer. In the tricking class, second-degree black belt instructor covers martial arts moves that incorporate tumbling that can be seen from the facility's observation deck.
Although each of the seven Just Fitness 4U locations has its own distinctions?such as the Lawrenceville location's 24/7 hours or the Marietta location's 25,000 sq. ft. facility and marble lobby?they more or less share the same tools for getting in shape. For starters, each is furnished with state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, which can be used or lifted to increase strength. Moreover, the facilities have a team of certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors who lead one-on-one workouts and fitness classes such Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and spinning, respectively.
Founded by former Georgia Tech cheerleading coach Matt Cremers and his wife, Angela, a high-level gymnast, Champion Kids offers classes, camps, and open play opportunities on a padded playland of colorful obstacles. Prior to opening Champion Kids in 2006, Matt and Angela taught gymnastics and cheerleading to children for more than 15 years. Champion Kids? programs integrate foam pits, music, and dancing to keep students motivated. Classes include parent-tot gymnastics and preschool gymnastics, which keep students moving and learning while developing the skills to navigate the bars and vaults strewn throughout most work environments. Ballet and jazz classes are also available with Champion Kids' 20-year veteran dance instructor, Miss Ashley, who began her competitive dancing career at only 7 years old.