February / March 2017

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The gym will be CLOSED on the following days:

Spring Break:
April 3rd - April 9th

Memorial Day -
May 29th, 2017

Independence Day -
July 4th, 2017


Recital Information?
We are excited to present Power In Motion’s First Annual Spring Recital “A Night at the Movies” which will take place the weekend of May 19-21st. This recital is for all students age 3 and up. Commitment sheets will be going out in March as to let us know if your child will be participating or not. If you attend more than one class at the gym, you may choose your level of participation which you will note on your commitment sheet.

There will be six different showtimes to allow enough space in the gym for our students and parents. Each class will be assigned a day and a time of performance. There will be NO REQUIRED COSTUME for this recital, although kids may choose to dress up according to the movie they represent (i.e. wearing green for the movie Shrek). This is not a requirement, but is an option for the students.

Volunteers are needed for the recital! We will be asking for two volunteers for pre-school classes and one volunteer for recreational classes. We will have one back-up volunteer as well for all classes in case. All volunteers will attend their child's show for free!
Prices for the show are as follows:

One Day Pass: This pass will get you entrance into all the shows for that day. The cost for a One Day Pass is $10.00 early purchase and $12.00 at the door.

Weekend Pass: This pass will get your entrance to ALL shows for the weekend. The cost for a Weekend Pass is $16.00 early purchase and $18.00 at the door.

All kids 3 years old and under are free!

Tickets will go on sale April 24th, 2017 at the front desk! Cash or check is preferred, but we will charge accounts if necessary.

PIM Apparel Store:
All t-shirts and sweatshirts are 20% off! We are making room for apparel with our new logo on it. Limited sizes available, so get your PIM gear now while it is on sale! We are also selling water bottles now in our store. We have squeeze water bottles available in teal, orange, and grey for 8.00 and we have Nalgene brand water bottles available in pink, grey, seafoam green, and blue for $17.00. Stay hydrated throughout the day to be ready for practice here at PIM.

While we await our new merchandise that will be put in our gym store, we have opened up our online Under Armour apparel store once again!! By visiting https://powernmotion.itemorder.com/ you can select Under Armour merchandise with our new logo on it! This online store will be open until March 1st, 2017 and orders will come in within 3-4 weeks after the store closing date.

We also have leotards available in our store for purchase. These leotards come to us at a discounted price, which is why we can offer them for less than you may see online. We get new leotards in about once per month from GK Elite Leotards and from Foxy Leotards. Although you may see a design you like, we cannot order specific designs/colors or sizes from the companies at this discounted price.


New Open Gym Prices Effective 1/6/17

$5.00 for Members 
$8.00 for Non-Members

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Just a reminder about our monthly tuition policies. Our program is year-round and features monthly continuous enrollment. Your child is guaranteed a spot as long as your fees are up to date.

The only way to become un-enrolled from our program is to fill out a withdrawal form. This form is required and must be received by the 20th of the month for the following month.

Unless we receive proper notice, you will be responsible for the next month’s billing tuition and fees. Power in Motion Gymnastics does not issue refunds.

preschool news


Why should your preschooler do gymnastics?
Here at Power in Motion, our preschool program is designed to teach much more than just gymnastics. In fact, preschoolers in our Parent Tot, Tiny Tot, and Big Shot programs are benefiting from the physical, cognitive, and behavioral advantages that gymnastics classes offer. Over the next few newsletters, we will touch on each of these advantages.

Students gain many cognitive benefits while at gymnastics. Sequencing of skills, imagination, and use of multiple parts of the brain are all used in our preschool programs.

When students are watching the coaches go through the stations, they are putting together a list or sequence of skills to be performed. This challenges your child to not only remember the order, but also what to do at each station. This recalling of sequence will help later in school when dealing with math and spelling patterns.

Imagination is a major benefit when it comes to learning. Students fly somewhere during stretching and offer their special place up for everyone to join. They also sneak like mice to the next set of stations. This allows them to begin to imagine things that are not direct, like other places in the world and history.

The most beneficial cognitive benefit is the use of multiple parts of the brain. Crawling and climbing over, and under things, all engage the brain in many ways. This helps later in life with numeracy and literacy as they too, use many parts of the brain.

With all these benefits that help transform students into lifelong learners and doers, our preschool program is the perfect fit for your child.

If you are looking for an easy Birthday Party for your child, see what we have to offer! Stop by the front desk and pick up a Birthday Party Info Sheet! Birthday parties book out 2-3 months in advance, so get PIM on your schedule for 2017! Visit our birthday party page for more information.

dance studio


Importance of Proper Dance Attire
When a dancer is properly dressed; leotard, tights, skirt or shorts, dancers are less distracted and it shows the teacher they are ready to dance and learn. It also builds self-confidence, allows the dancer to move freely without restrictions, and teaches discipline.

For our younger dancers, a dress code helps them focus during class by understanding they are going to a structured class, not just free playtime. Dress code becomes more important as the dancer gets older, especially in Ballet classes. It allows the teacher to see the dancers body positions and movement to make proper corrections to benefit the dancers education.

Hair being pulled back and out of the face is another part of the dress code. Especially for the younger dancers, their hair can be very distracting. As the dancer gets older it is very important to have hair pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for ballet classes) so it does not limit or distract from the dancers learning in class.


Combo III is for the beginning dancer who is 6 to 8 years old. This class is an hour long and focuses on three genres of dance: Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Combo III also allows our preschool dancer to have a better transition into the higher levels. It also gives the dancer a chance to experience three types of dance in one class to help them decide what genre of dance they do and do not like.

We have spots available in Combo III classes on:
Monday at 4:00pm
Saturday at 10am
Sign up today!

It’s that time of year again where we are looking at the growth of your child in the sport of gymnastics. We continuously are monitoring their strengths and new skills throughout the year, but this is a time to reflect on the skills they have gained and retained as a part of their gymnastics experience.

You will notice coaches will have evaluation sheets out with them and stickers for students to mark any new skills they have attained. Over the next few weeks, coaches will be coming out into the lobby to talk to you about your child’s skills. If you cannot stay, but would like to speak with a coach about your child’s skills, please call us and we will have a coach get in contact with you. We are excited to celebrate the growth of your child with you!


Come and watch our competitive gymnasts perform at a home meet on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

Session 1 begins at 11:00am and features our Levels 3, 4, and Pre-team B athletes.

Session 2 begins at 3:00pm and features our level 6-8, Boys Team and Pre-team A and C athletes.

Tickets are $6.00 pre-purchase- available at the front desk or from a Pre-team or Team athlete.
Tickets are $7.00 at the door.

Ages 3 and under get in free.

Upcoming Competitions


March 10 - 12
Kalahari Luau in Leos
Kalahari Resort, OH


March 10 - 12
Whitfield Classic
Ann Arbor, MI


Competitive vs. Recreational Gymnastics
Competitive season has kicked off for the 2016-2017 year and we are very excited! As you sit in the viewing area you may have the opportunity to see the competitive team do their routines and question how these girls do what they do. Have you ever wondered what the difference was between recreational gymnastics and competitive gymnastics training? There is one simple answer and that is TIME. Competitive team girls, depending on their level, train anywhere from 9-20 hours a week, year round. Just like the saying goes, practice makes perfect. With this extra time, they are allotted more time to do repetitions, more conditioning for building strength, and more time to grow in their discipline. These are all very beneficial because you will notice the competitive team ratio for coach to athlete is a lot higher (15 kids to 1 coach) than a recreational gymnastics class (8 kids to 1 coach). What is not different is the quality of coaching that our gymnasts get. In our recreational program we have a set evaluation with skills for each level that need to be attained before moving up. The skills are foundational and build upon each other as they progress in the sport. Each week there is a lesson plan that has been thought out carefully with skills and drills so that a child can learn and attain skills to help them grow in the sport.

Some things that can be recommended are having your child work on their flexibility everyday, not just while at the gym. It is a very important aspect of gymnastics and is almost impossible to go the competitive route without it. You may also want to think about enrolling them in a second class, again TIME in the gym is really what helps our gymnasts grow at the rate they do.

Participation on our competitive team is by invitation only. However, we encourage you to let us know if this is your child’s goal. The competitive route and the recreational route are two separate paths. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Therefore, it should not be assumed that after your child reaches an advanced recreational class, that the next step is competitive gymnastics. The transition to team is usually easier at a younger age meaning that athletes are commonly chosen out of our beginner recreational levels. Strength, flexibility and speed are more important than skill level for entering our team program. If the recreational path is the best fit for your child, our instructors who coach the intermediate and advanced classes are qualified to continuously challenge your child in his/her skill development. The most important thing is that whatever route your child takes, we want it to be a fun and rewarding experience for them.

Look for more information on our 2017 summer camps in our next newsletter, on our website or on our Facebook page.
Please login to the parent portal to update any information including your address, e-mail, phone, billing info, and much more. Your child’s skills will also be uploaded to the parent portal. To get to the parent portal, go to www.pimgymnastics.com and click on Parent Portal in the upper left hand corner.
Reminder! When missing a class, please call the office ahead of time. By doing this you will be offered a make-up class for the class missed. We offer one make-up per month. Thank you!

Please join us on www.pimgymnastics.com for more information or call us at (269) 429-5100 or email us at info@pimgymnastics.com.

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