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Gymnastics Lessons: GYMkids USA!

Swimming Student

Build a foundation of balance, strength, coordination and flexibility. Start with stretching and strengthening exercises and advance through to higher skill levels. Students practice on the balance beam, rings, parallel bars, uneven bars and floor exercise.

Tumbling Tots: Your child will be exposed to floor work and apparatus skills. The children balance on beams, revolve on rings, jump hurdles, and flip on bars. Our instructors highlight basic body positions, gross motor coordination, balance, flexibility and strength in a playful and imaginative manner.

GYMkids USA: These classes offer a strong foundation of balance, strength, coordination and flexibility. Beginning with stretching and strengthening exercises on the mat, they practice moves such as cartwheels, round-offs, handstands, backbends and walkovers. The students learn to flip by themselves on bars, rings, and perform advanced skills on the balance beam and hurdle. While your child develops their physicality, they also gain confidence and higher self-esteem in a fun and positive environment.



Classes are 30-45 minutes, once a week. For available class times and schedules or to schedule a free trial class, please call 480.820.9109.



Gymnastics Classes

Tumbling Tot 1

Intro to tumbling and apparatus

Bear Walk on beam, Tip Toe walks on beam, 3 raindrops on rings. Hold basket hang on parallel bars for 10 sec. and 5 frog hops from ring to ring

Tumbling Tot 2

An expansion from tumbling tot I with an emphasis on balance and coordination

Forward roll w/no hands getting up/down map. Dip walks length of the beam. Hold bent arm tuck for 5 sec. on ring, crabwalks and bat hang for 10 sec

Bronze GYMkids USA

Master forward roll and emphasis on the proper execution of skills

3 skin the cats, 5 back flips on rings. Forward roll tuck jump. Monkey swings on parallel bars and bridge hold for 10 sec. on mat

Silver GYMkids USA

Master cartwheels, hold weight on bars and forward roll on beam

Forward roll on beam, hold handstand for 2 sec then roll down mat. Either side cartwheel, abba-dabba length of uneven bars twice & back bends from standing

Gold GYMkids USA

Master advance tumbling skills including: pull up kick-over on uneven bars and cartwheel on beam

Straddle dismount from uneven bars. Cartwheel on beam. Back walkovers. Pull-up kick over on uneven bars and front limber or front walkover

Gymnastic Lessons - Instructors



Matt Jordan

Matt Jordan
Director of Performance Arts, Gym and Aquatic Instructor

Matt Jordan joined the SWIMkids USA family in June of 2007. He has taught in the gym department, in the pool, briefly worked on the front desk and currently is a deck manager. He began coaching gymnastics in December of 2003 at Southwest Gymnastics where he himself trained. Having done gymnastics since the age of 5, he is proud to say that he accomplished several milestones such as participating in many state and regional championship competitions as well as attending the national championships twice. When Matt began going to school at Arizona State University, where he later completed a degree studying Sociology, he joined the cheer squad for two years. Following those two years Matt joined the mascot program and played a role as Sparky for the second half of his college career. He currently works with the Cardinals football club as game day entertainment and has a role in community relations in addition to his devotion to SWIMkids.

Alma Blanco

Alma Blanco
Gym, Dance, and Aquatic Instructor

After graduating from Hamilton High School, Alma Blanco began teaching swim, dance, and gymnastics with SWIMkids USA. She is looking forward to tailoring her skills at beauty school, then going on to study nursing at a community college. As a SWIMkids USA alum, Alma says "The best part of working with children is getting to know each and every one of them and being able to make an impact, no matter how big or small." The fluent Spanish-speaker enjoys spending free time with her family, listening to music, playing with her dog, and being outdoors.

Caolan Head

Caolan Head
Aquatic Instructor and Customer Service Representative

Caolan Head began teaching swim and gym, as well as helping out with SWIMkids USA's customer service in 2013. After competing with the water polo and swim teams at his high school, Caolan studied anthropology at Northern Arizona University, and minored in museum studies and art history. "Children are our future, they represent the unlimited capability of humanity, either for good or bad," he said. When he isn't at SWIMkids USA, Caolan enjoys eating out with friends, shopping, reading, writing or training in karate.

Eva Brocki

Eva Brocki
Eva Brocki was born in the Czech Republic and came to the United States in 1998. In high school, she participated in volleyball and gymnastics. She worked as a nanny for seven years and now works as a preschool teacher. She joined SWIMkids USA in 2008 as a gym instructor. She says that "working with children is her passion. I like to see their faces when they accomplish a new skill or move up." She has a son and likes to work out at the gym and eat healthy.

Jay Wimmer

Jay Wimmer
Jay Wimmer joined SWIMkids USA in 2012 as a gym instructor, bringing seven years of gymnastic experience including competition. Jay says, "The best part about working with children is that the environment is always changing, no two classes are ever the same which keeps it fun. Every child has their own personality and brings it with them to class. It also is preparing me for when I have my own children." He is currently attending Arizona State University, possibly to major in Russian. He also likes to model, act, hang out with his friends, and play board games. Watch out - he's extremely competitive when it comes to board games.

Katie Lachvayder

Katie Lachvayder
Katie Lachvayder danced at a dance studio for 18 years, dancing competitively for 8 years including in high school and now in college at Grand Canyon University studying dance education. She has done choreography for seven years. She joined SWIMkids USA as a gym and dance instructor in 2012. "Everyday is different, which makes working with them more fun," she says about working with kids.

Marie Carter

Marie Carter
Marie has been charming the hearts of children and parents alike here at SWIMkids USA since January of 2011. A job in the water was only natural after being a swimmer for 12 years. Prior to saving lives as an aquatic instructor in our pools, Marie saved lives as a lifeguard at Big Surf. Marie has always been a very active person, she did cheer for six years, tumbling, and dance. This lead her to teach cheer and dance for four years which translates well into teaching somersaults and back flips in our gym program. Marie is still as active as ever and in her free time she can often be found at the gym working out or doing yoga. She loves the weather in Arizona because it allows her to spend time outside hiking the trails or wakeboarding at the lake. You might start to see Marie outside of her role as an instructor, as she just finished her training to be an assistant deck manager. Marie is currently a student at MCC and plans to transfer to ASU to receive her bachelorís in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Her love of the Spanish language led her to study abroad for a summer in Spain!

Shana Edmundson

Shana Edmundson
Shana started working at SWIMkids USA as a dance instructor in 2003. Since then, she has worked in nearly every department, teaching dance, gymnastics, swimming, and coaching. As a child, Shana began swimming at three years old and dancing at seven. She spent eight years competing in gymnastics and two years competing in swimming & diving. With her prolific dance experience, Shana is proficient in Tap, Jazz, Ballet/Pointe in both the French and Russian/Vaganova styles, Modern, Musical Theater and Hip Hop. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Arts - Dance and a minor in business management. She has three wonderful children: a Marine, an Army Ranger, and a SWIMkids USA dancer/swimmer.

About working with children, she says, "The innocence of children reminds me there are many good things in life and I should enjoy each and everyday. Their bold and sometimes frightening honesty reminds me to be honest and true to myself and others. There are so many things to learn from children. It's important to stop what we're doing, and take the time to watch, listen, learn and of course, LAUGH!!!".