Tumble Into the Next Dimension
If your family is looking for a way to stay active year-round, and interested in fun and exciting ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, perhaps gymnastics is the right fit for you. Whether your children are seasoned competitors or curious future tumblers, there is a program for all ages and all skill levels at Next Dimension Gymnastics in Trumbull.
Next Dimension Gymnastics is one of the most advanced gymnastics centers in Connecticut. Russ & Patty Connelly and Tom & Judy Brady have combined to make Next Dimension a family owned and operated business since 2005. With 15,500 spectacular square feet of world class gymnastics equipment and a regionally and nationally recognized coaching staff with many years of combined experience, they are at the center of the gymnastics community. Jessica Catropa, Senior Program Director of Next Dimension Gymnastics, emphasizes the special, hands on instruction available.
“Our certified instructors are friendly and professional and work toward the mission of providing the highest quality gymnastics instruction to all children in a safe, fun and positive environment,” says Catropa. While being a competitive environment, Next Dimension recognizes love of the sport as a key component to success. “At Next Dimension, we encourage the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of gymnastics recognizing that success is not measured in victories but in the joy of participation,” she says. “We offer programs for individuals from 12 months to adult that give many opportunities to participate in the wonderful sport of gymnastics."
Featuring classes designed for both boys and girls, the programs are separated into three main areas: Recreational Preschool gymnastics, Recreational After-school gymnastics and Boys and Girls Competitive teams. Next Dimension is also well known for tumbling classes and adult classes. “Our preschool classes emphasize coordination and motor skill development where children will learn to control and use their body movements,” says Catropa about the path youths typically take through the program. “As children progress through the gymnastics program, they will be working on skills that are appropriate to their age and current skill level. We teach and reinforce the importance of strong gymnastics basics at all levels so that each gymnast can be the best they can be while having fun in the process.”
In all areas of the program, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy every Olympic event (Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, Rings, Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars). They can jump on either one of two “tumble trak” tumbling trampolines, on an in-ground trampoline or soar into one of the largest loose foam landing pits in Connecticut. They can also enjoy the excitement of the facility’s large rock-climbing wall. Although the options are varied, participants take away more than just athletic skill from these experiences.
“In addition to learning how to hop, jump, land, balance, swing and tumble our program also presents opportunities for children to learn many valuable life skills,” says Catropa. “Within the structure of our gymnastics classes, children will learn the importance of sharing, taking turns, voicing opinions, listening, goal setting, patience, respect and a willingness to try new things. Most importantly, our number one goal is to promote self-esteem in our students!”
If competitive success is the ultimate goal for your child, Next Dimension presents boundless opportunities. Of the competitive potential, Catropa says, “Not only were our class programs a great success this year, but this was a banner year for our competitive team programs as well. We produced many state champions, with numerous first place finishes. The team also boasts many individual state and regional champions ranging from Prep-Optional to levels four through nine. Our girls and boys teams definitely shined in 2013!”
Next Dimension Gymnastics offers a variety of event packages as well. “Have your very own shining star celebrate their birthday with our fun and energetic staff here at Next Dimension,” encourages Catropa. “We offer the most awesome birthday parties where the fun and excitement never ends! During the 1 ½ hour-long exclusive party, everyone will enjoy jumping, swinging, climbing, and have an overall great time. They will tumble through the obstacle courses, play in the foam pit and join in on some awesome parachute games.” Next Dimension is also a great place for field trips. There are options for pre-school classes, scouting troops and other groups to have a fantastic time in the facility. Other fun activities that take place at Next Dimension include gymnastics sleepovers, cartwheel and back handspring clinics, parent’s night out, summer camps, holiday camps, exhibitions, and other exciting events!
Visit Next Dimension for a free trial class to see what they are all about. Catropa encourages all to join in. “We are positive you will love the excitement, fun, professional instruction, state of the art facility, and of course lots of gymnastics that make up our business here at Next Dimension Gymnastics,” she concludes. Next Dimension Gymnastics is located at 25 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull. Visit their website at www.NextDimensionGymnastics.com, follow them on Facebook or contact them at 203-372-3222 for more information.