Maui Now ‘Ohana: Exploring Diane’s Gymnastics Academy
Maui Now’s Malika Dudley recently interviewed Ashley Borsum, Director of Operations at Diane’s Gymnastics Academy. DGA offers a wide variety of classes for keiki on Maui – everything from mommy and me classes to preschool sessions to competitive gymnastics.
There are even opportunities to host birthday parties (up to 30 kids) complete with a gymnastics class, obstacle course, games and a party room. View video below for details. A list of the classes they offer are detailed below.
Mommy & Me: Ages 2-3
Mommy & Me Class is for children ages 2-3, with the accompaniment of a parent or caregiver. Children and caregivers will have full access to gymnastics equipment with guidance of the coach. Toddlers are introduced to basic foundations of gymnastics training in a fun and encouraging class structure.
Preschool Gymnastics: Ages 3-4 and 4-5
Preschool classes are for children who are developmentally ready to attend class without a caregiver on the floor. Students continue to work on basic gymnastics, essential motor skills, and coordination. Classes are designed to be safe, energetic, and fun.
School Age Gymnastics: Ages 5-7 and 8-12
Gymnasts will be introduced to women’s and men’s gymnastics events, respectively. Fundamental gymnastics skills will be taught for proper skill progression and to ensure a safe, energetic, and fun experience.
Beginner/Intermediate Tumbling consists of strengthening of basic tumbling skills with the introduction to new skills. Skills taught are handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, front and back handsprings, and flipping. All students will learn safety in their tumbling, as well as build the strength to perform such skills.
Intermediate/Advanced Tumbling is for students who have already attained their back handspring. More advanced skills will be implemented, based upon the students’ tumbling level. Intermediate/Advanced Tumblers can expect refinement of previous skills, strength building for future skills, and plenty of practice flipping, twisting, and connecting.
Open Gym is for Regular Class Students (Ages 5+). With supervision of coaches, participants are encouraged to practice gymnastics skills but will have the option to choose what they would like to work on with full access to the gymnasium. Open gym is an exciting, energy burning, fun adventure for all. It’s on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come join the extraordinary aerial acrobat, Olessya Kurgayeva, in DGA’s thrilling, challenging & fun Silks Class.
Free Running is the art of moving through space and negotiating obstacles as swiftly and efficiently as possible using only your body by running, jumping, and climbing. Free Running is an exciting class that builds strength & agility. Beginner (ages 5-10) and Intermediate/Advanced (ages 10-18).
Contact DGA for information on their classes offered for kids with special needs.