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Tot Gymnastics

Twinkling Tots, our toddler gymnastics program, gives your little one a chance to have fun while discovering new skills like: balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, speed, and discipline. We believe in presenting children with opportunities to discover their unique interests & skills. Gymnastics training, even at the most elementary level, lays a foundation that can benefit a child’s overall development.

Flying High places children in classes based on age.  Children advance or “move up” to the next level of class whenever they hit skill milestones. Check out our class line-up.

 

Class Descriptions

Baby Dippers

Baby Dippers

3 years old
30 minutes

This class is an introduction to gymnastics where children develop and advance their gymnastics foundational skills. Children learn gross motor skills, how to follow an obstacle course and beginning skills on floor, balance beam, and bars.

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Little Dippers

Little Dippers

4-4.5 years old
40 Minutes

Children in this class learn the fundamentals necessary to begin back rolls on a wedge mat, cartwheels, backbends, general bar strength, walking on a medium height beam, and so much more! 

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Big Dippers

Big Dippers

5-6.5 years old
55 minutes

This class works on perfecting the same skills as Little Dippers, as well as introducing some new skills. Your Big Dipper will start working towards more backbend skills and you will see more of an emphasis on working independently.

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Gym Stars/Gym Stars Boys

Gym Stars/Gym Stars Boys

4-6 years old
55 minutes

This class was created for students who have met all skill milestones for Big Dippers. The class focuses on handstands, backbends, stronger beam skills and more difficult bar skills. 

Students must be evaluated by a Flying High gymnastics instructor before placing into any Gym Stars class.

Mini Stars/Ninja Stars

4-6 years old
1 hour & 15 minutes

Students in this class have risen to new heights of achievement mastering all the Gym Stars skill benchmarks. Students learn front limbers, flip-flops, difficult bar skills and high beam. Upon entering first grade, and if ready, children will receive the option of entering into several new and exciting classes that will help them apply the basic skills learned to their Rising Stars Recreational program. 

Students need to be evaluated by a Flying High gymnastics instructor before being placed in a Mini Stars or Ninja Stars class.

Mini Team

1 hour & 15 minutes (twice a week)

Mini team students have been invited, by a Flying High gymnastics instructor, from Mini Stars and begin working on advancing their skills to the next level. Each student works on perfecting basics, incorporating technique, strength and body positions. Gymnasts, at this level, will be preparing for our Shooting Stars competitive program. 

Gymnastics Camp

5 and Up
1 hour and 30 minutes

NEW this summer! One week Gymnastics Camps!! Over 25 years ago we opened our doors to our first class of 35 gymnastics students and today more than 1500 gymnasts come through our doors each week for class.  We are so excited to spread the love for gymnastics and launch a gymnastics camp!!  First time gymnasts or experienced gymnasts welcomed!!  Ages 5 and Up. This one week camp is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the sport of gymnastics.  Campers will learn new skills or perfect the skills they already have!

Girls Gymnastics Camp: June 26-June 29, 2-3:30pm daily (Register by June 12)

Girls Gymnastics Camp: July 24-July 27, 2-3:30pm daily (Register by July 10)

Boys Gymnastics Camp: August 7-11, 2-3:30pm daily (Register by July 24)

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Developmental Classes

Flying High offers personal one-on-one classes designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and abilities.  A staff member wil work one-on-one with your child to instrcut him/her in gymnastics, to help build strength and coordination, or even to just have fun and burn off energy.  Please see the front desk for scheduling and pricing.  Click here to email the front desk.

Gymnastics FAQ

Can I enroll right now, or do I have to wait until the next month starts?

We offer open enrollment year-round, which means you may enroll your child into classes whenever you would like!  You do not have to wait until the start of a new month to enroll.  We do pro-rate tuition if starting mid-month.

If my son/daughter joins class now, will he/she be behind all the other students?

Not at all! Each of our classes is designed for a specific age group and skill level.  When a new student joins a class, they will begin right away working on the skills for the specified level with the other students.  Each other student in his/her class is working on those exact same skills!  Any student who has mastered the skills of a specific level has already moved up to the next level.

What programs do you offer for a 3 year old? 4 year old? Etc…

You may find detailed class information on our current schedule, which indicates the appropriate age range for each of our classes at Flying High.

How long are your sessions?

Flying High has a year round program with no long term commitments. You may enroll at any time and tuition is paid monthly. We do not charge more for 'long' months nor less for 'short' months. Over the year, all 12 months average 4 weeks.

Can we watch a class?

Yes! We have viewing rooms available and you are more than welcome to come and watch a class in action!

Can I come in to take a tour or look at the gym?

Yes! You are welcome to come and take a look at our facilities during our office business hours.  Our office staff will be able to show you around the gym or give you a tour if you would like.

Does my child have to wear a leotard?

FH highly recommends that our female athletes wear a leotard to class. Leotards with skirts can get caught on the equipment; spandex shorts are a better option. In the colder months, girls are more than welcome to wear tight fitting leggings over their leotard. For boys, a t-shirt and shorts are fine, just not too loose fitting. In the colder months, boys may choose to wear sweatpants, or a long sleeved tee.

What if my child doesn’t like it at first?

Give it time! Remember that for most of our younger athletes, this is their first experience with a structured, school-like environment. If after 2-3 classes, your child still doesn’t take to gymnastics, Flying High offers cheer, ninja zone, and martial arts classes.

What is the evaluation process?

At FH, being evaluated for the next level is a HUGE deal! We want to make every child feel like the star they are, so evaluations are done by an instructor who does not teach the child’s class. The evaluator will take the child through the list of required skills on each event, and assess the level of mastery that has been achieved. If a child is ready to move up, they will get to ring the move up bell at the end of class, while ALL athletes in the gym cheer and clap for them!

Why are children placed by age but move up by skill?

FH bases their class age groups on the developmental stages that occur naturally in child development. Each class has a skill sheet that lists each skill necessary to progress to the next level. All children learn/attain skills at different rates. Once a child is able to complete all skills successfully on the list, they are ready to proceed to the next level, regardless of age.

How often should my gymnast come to class? Once or twice a week?

How often your child attends class when they begin gymnastics is up to you. FH highly recommends attending two classes per week in order to help your child learn and progress more quickly. Coming to class twice a week also helps your child increase their strength and flexibility, as well as their knowledge of gymnastics terminology!

What if my child needs extra practice?

If your child needs extra practice, adding a second class per week is a great option. Specialty classes are good for bars work, backbends, and flip flops. If your instructor has availability, private lessons focus on one or two skills are also a useful tool. Flying High also offers clinics during the holidays which focus on specific skills.

What are specialty classes?

Specialty classes are short, finely tuned classes that only focus on certain skills during the allotted class time; i.e. Backbend Class, Flip Flop Class, Bars Class, etc. FH offers these classes are an alternative to private lessons. Your child’s instructor may recommend a specialty class if your athlete only needs one or two skills to move up.  

What is a private lesson?

A private lesson typically consists of 30 minutes of one on one instruction. At Flying High we offer individual private lessons (one on one) or buddy privates (two students with one instructor).

When should you do a private lesson?

Sometimes your child’s instructor will recommend a private lesson if they only need one or two skills to move up to the next level. Your child may only need one or two privates in order to achieve their skills. Another example of when you may want to consider private lessons is if your child is having a difficult time with a certain skill.  One on one instruction may help them better understand that skill, as well as give them more practice.

How many private lessons will my child need?

Every child is different! The number of privates necessary to successfully learn a skill varies from child to child. The difficulty of the skill is also a factor. After the first private lesson, the instructor should be able to give you a better idea of how many private lessons may be necessary.

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5400 East Ave
Countryside, IL 60525
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