The springy floors at Capitol City Gymnastics host more than gymnastics?they're also the launching pad for cheerleading and karate lessons. Although these three disciplines differ, each is offered to help imbue students with self-confidence and a love of physical activity. The facility's host of ever-evolving gear includes a 35-foot, in-ground tumble track, a pit of foam squares, vaulting equipment, and bars.
“Once you get used to it … you just kinda feel like you’re flipping,” Gym Marika student Jessica Witkin says when describing trampolining in an interview with NBC 4. Trampolining, which has elevated from a backyard mainstay to a medal-earning event, is just one of the gymnastics techniques offered at Gym Marika to help improve the lives of children. “It really builds their self-confidence,” says Head Coach Marika Zahrndt, who oversees a team of USAG-certified coaches.
During classes, Marika and her staff guide students as they absorb techniques that range from rolls, handstands, and round-offs to combinations, aerial somersaults, and handsprings. Classes encompass multiple events, including floor routines, balance beams, vaulting, and uneven parallel bars. The programs are designed to accommodate kids with all aspirations, from those who dream of gold medals to kids who want a fun way to exercise and get through the seven-year winter.
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.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 60 minutes
Brands Used: AmeriCheer and AmeriDance classes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Classes and clinics
Recommended Age Group: Kids and Teens
AmeriCheer?s Family of Brands has been spotlighting cheerleaders and dancers at its instructional camps and elite competitions for more than 30 years. It's helping kids develop life-long values, such as dedication, teamwork, and self-confidence. To that end, at the conclusion of every competition, each participant receives a medal to honor their commitment and team spirit. Cheer and dance classes are also offered at the AmeriCheer and AmeriDance National Training Facility?students are divided by age group and ability, and learn a progression of cheer and dance moves.
An award-winning competitive cheer program, Step One Allstars coaxes the spirit out of children and high schoolers with cheerleading lessons and competitions. Led by nationally certified instructors, group classes and individual lessons tackle the intricacies of tumbling for students of all experience levels. Beginners can try out Tumbling 1, while veteran gymnasts tackle Tumbling 5, which requires prerequisites such as the ability to do a back handspring while burping the local high school’s fight song. Instructors also lead sessions to practice cheer stunts and to improve basic flexibility. All of this practice pays off in the studio’s competition squads. Composed of cheerleaders and hip-hop dancers of all ages and experience levels, teams compete locally or travel distances to out-strut faraway opponents. When not spewing out cheers, the Step One crew lends their enthusiasm to various philanthropic causes, including the special-needs program and Adopt-A-Family-Christmas.