Bouncing Bears & Beyond

Funtastic Gymnastics: Ages K-11 yrs

Our recreational gymnastics program offers a variety of classes designed to be  fun and challenging and that will enhance your child’s overall athletic ability. It is a great fit for kids who want to learn gymnastics skills, stay fit, build strength and flexibility but don’t want to commit to long hours in the gym or partake in competitions. It is our goal to help each and every gymnast enjoy the sport of gymnastics and discover their potential in a positive and encouraging environment. Please contact Donna Carpenter at 203-966-4528, ext. 175 or at dcarpenter@newcanaanymca.org with any questions

NOVAS 1: K-7 yrs Beginner/Adv. beginner

This beginner class is a starting point for those ready for a structured format in our recreational gymnastics program. Our instructors will incorporate a fun, caring environment with a learning atmosphere. Our goal is to instill confidence and help children develop basic gymnastic moves that will help them improve involvement in all sports. This class is taught in a progressive method that allows each child to develop at their own rate.

NOVAS 2: Ages 8-11 Intermediate .Experience required.

This group is for children who want to expand their gymnastic experience in a structured setting that includes emphasis on flexibility, conditioning strength, apparatus station development and age appropriate gymnastics activities. Focus is on technique and improving basic skills including cartwheels, handstands, backbends, and rolls, and more difficult moves including kickovers, front and back walkovers, back handsprings  and bar and beam moves. We will challenge athletes individually to help improve their gymnastics skills.

ZUMBANASTICS COMBO CLASS: Ages K-8 yrs

This 90-minute class features two specialties in one class! ZumbaNastics is a non-competitive way to increase your child’s metabolism, boost self-confidence, and increase mental focus while enhancing coordination. Each class features 45 minutes of Zumba and 45 minutes of Gymnastics. It’s the perfect combination of fun and fitness!
Zumba segment: Designed exclusively for kids to get them motivated and moving! These classes feature rockin’, high-energy, specially-choreographed, and kid-friendly dance routines set to the music kids love and  are taught by a certified zumba instructor.
Gymnastics segment: A structured class that includes recreational gymnastics where kids will learn basic skills on floor, balance beam, bars, and tumbletrak.
Note: All classes start in the Mind-Body Studio/Lower level. Pick up is in the Higgins Gym.

NINJA KIDS GYMNASTICS: Grades K-7 yrs

Our Ninja Kids Gymnastics program is skill-based, fast-paced, and geared for young boys & girls on energy overload! Kids will experience tumbling, climbing, jumping, and more! They will do it as they race through obstacle courses to build speed and strength and practice their gymnastics moves to build confidence, balance, control and flexibility. Beyond skills, our curriculum will build confidence, being part of a group and impulse control.

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS: Ages K-7 yrs yrs and 8-12 yrs

Our partnership with Sporty Princess Rhythmic Gymnastics School brings the unique sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics to our Y, providing a special experience for young girls to be active, creative and confident. Nurturing both body and spirit, Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport combining gymnastics, ballet, and dance with the use of hand held apparatus, like balls, ribbons, and hoops. All classes led by former Ukrainian professional gymnast and bronze medalist, Julia Sanarova. This program is open to both members and non-members. New Advanced class beginning Fall 2015!

TAP & TUMBLE: Ages 4-7 yrs