Meet your tumblebuddies...
Jalilah "Gigi" Medina
I started working with children at age 16, and discovered this was my passion. I love to watch them grow and discover they can do more than they ever thought possible. After several years of managing a non-competitive children's fitness center I decided it was time to follow my own dream. My dream is to create a program that is fun, where kids can thrive and they can reach their full potential. In addition to six years managing a kids gym, I danced for 10 years, including en pointe work, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, character, and lyrical; winning a few first place "I Love Dance" Competitions along the way. Most recently I have worked at a competitive gym as well, which gives me a more well -rounded perspective on the sport of gymnastics. I will bring what I have learned from all my past experiences to create a unique, fun, and educational experience for the children, whether it be in dance, gymnastics, or other creative activities.
Since the age of 10 I knew that I wanted to work with children. In college I didn't know exactly what path I wanted to take, but being a teacher of the arts immediately grabbed my attention. So I started coaching children's gymnastics at a non-competitive gym a little over four years ago while taking college courses. My focus was music while I dabbled in dance. I then moved to competitive gyms and trained with USAG, mastering spotting and programs built for age-appropriate gymnastics. With over 20 years of combined training in music and dance and a child of my own, I knew I had found my niche. My goal is to help build a program that will help produce confident, healthy and fit kids through fun, structured gymnastics and dance programs.