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Gymnastics school now open on Gering’s 10th Street
November 06, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Brooklyn Lockwood, student at Aerial Gymnastics, goes through one of her routines during a recent class.

Since June, Aerial Gymnastics has been offering classes to local girls and boys in the area from their Gering location at 1506 10th St., across the street from Julie’s Antiques.

Deanna Simpson said Aerial Gymnastics was originally located in Alliance, and then Mitchell before relocating in the Carpenter Center until five years ago.

“I’ve spent summers working in Texas for Bela Karolyi and got more training there as well,” she said. “I worked for him about five years.”

She said a friend who knew the operators of Koncepts Karate, located in the same building, got them together about sharing the space.

Deanna, along with assistants Tazia Simpson and Sandra Lockwood, has about 30 students so far. “We teach all four gymnastics events – floor, bars, beam and vault,” she said. “We go for students that are age 3 and up, if they have a good attention span.”

Since opening, she said she’s been getting a consistent number of calls from parents whose children are interested in gymnastics. Most of publicity she’s received is through word of mouth and flyers she’s passed out in schools and the community.

“About 10 or 15 of our students are going to start attending competitions in January,” she said. “Most of those events are in eastern Nebraska.”

Deanna said gymnastics is a well-rounded exercise form that uses every muscle in the human body. “When kids are involved in gymnastics, they can just about focus on anything else they’re involved with. They have the drive to do it because it’s a sport that takes a lot of work.”

More information about Aerial Gymnastics is available by calling Deanna at (308) 760-8556.
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