$ 1.5 million gymnastics training facility built in Wyoming


WYOMING, MI – For the Kidz The gymnastics facility will more than double in size when a $ 1.5 million, 28,000 square foot gymnastics center opens in the fall.

The new gymnasium, located at 1391 Gezon Parkway, will also take the 9-year operation to the next level, said founder Alisa Vance, who majored in physical education and early childhood education at Cornerstone University.

“We have reached our maximum capacity at our current location and the new center will allow us to expand our equipment and the number of classes we can offer,” said Vance.

The new location will allow the company to nearly quadruple the current enrollment from 550 to approximately 2,000 students.

The training center, currently located at 5960 Burlingame Ave. SW, offers a range of courses from preschool to advanced gymnastics training.

“The new center will not only help us grow, but also provide economic growth and new jobs in the Grand Rapids area,” said Vance.

Vance said the expansion could create up to 25 new positions, from preschool teachers to coaches.

Midwest Construction Group of Zeeland is expected to complete the new facility on a three-acre site, in time for a fall opening tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1.

Kidz Gymnastics is the latest company to expand or renovate its location, said Scott Geerlings, president and partner of the Midwest Construction Group, whose company works to build about 30 commercial projects a year.

Recent Midwest Construction construction projects have included an expansion and renovation of the Elhart Automotive Campus and the new Macatawa Bay Yacht Club building in Holland and the new TCI Tire Warehouse Center in Grand Rapids.

Kidz Gymnastics offers daily classes from 18 months to college students. Classes include sensory and skill development programs for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, and gymnastics programs for boys and girls ages 6 and up that include a balance beam, bars, a trampoline, jumps and strength activities.

There are also cheer-tumbling clinics for competitive cheerleaders, gymnastics teams, and even circus technique classes.

“We provide education and vocational training to all levels of students,” said Vance.

The new center will include 20,000 square feet of training and gymnastics space and $ 100,000 of new equipment.

“We’re going to set up a long-range buried trampoline to learn tumbling techniques, a gym floor and a Tumble Bugs section where all the equipment is preschool size,” Vance said.

The facility will also have a pro shop, viewing areas for parents, concessions, and rooms for birthday parties and events. There will also be a studio space for dancing or karate.

Her husband, Dr Josh Vance, who is an emergency physician at Sparrow Ionia, is an American gymnastics trainer who coaches advanced athletes at Kidz Gymnastics.

Vance is a nationally recognized gymnast who competed at the United States and World Championships between 2000 and 2007. As a student at Michigan State University, he won a silver medal in the double mini trampoline team competition at the world trampoline championships in Hanover. , Germany in 2003.

As a coach, he trained gymnast Walker Mitchell Dewey who competed for the US team in 2013 at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Age Group Competition, in Sofia, Bulgaria in November 2013 where he was ranked 12th in the world. .

Elli Deters, another rising student at the facility, is a Hudsonville resident, 2013 regional trampoline champion at a competition in Louisville, Ky., And national bronze medalist at the 2013 U.S. Nationals.

Shandra Martinez covers the affairs of MLive / The Grand Rapids Press. Email her or follow her on Twitter @shandramartinez.


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