North Atlantic Gymnastics & Dance Academy
We believe that gymnastics can be enjoyed by children of all ages and is a wonderful tool for teaching both physical and cognitive life skills. Younger gymnasts are taught fundamental fine and gross motor skills while expanding their rhythm, spatial awareness and social abilities. Older athletes are encouraged to expand on these abilities while learning fundamental gymnastics progressions outline by USA Gymnastics. Our tumbling and cheerleading classes focus on specific tumbling skills while building a broad base of abilities in spatial awareness and air sense.
Jonas & Stacey Contakos have over 40 years of combined gymnastics experience and are excited to bring their expertise and love of coaching children to the midcoast area.
Stacey started her competitive gymnastics career at the age of 5. She competed as an optional gymnast in the Junior Olympic program during high school and continued her tenure competing for Ithaca College where she was a four time All-American and a NCGA national champion team member. After her NCAA eligibility was completed, Stacey continued to compete for the University of Illinois club program while she attended veterinary school winning 2nd in the country at the club nationals in 2006. Stacey is a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics and has coached gymnasts of all levels from recreational to competitive Junior Olympic gymnasts. She currently owns and practices veterinary medicine at The Camden Hospital for Animals.
Jonas has been coaching gymnastics for over 15 years and is a professional member of USA Gymnastics. He has coached all ages and all skill levels from 6 month old to college aged, elite level competitors. He was the assistant coach for the Ithaca College women’s program for four years and has managed two separate competitive gymnastics programs and coached for a variety of camps and schools throughout the country. Jonas has a B.A. in Physics, a M.S. in bioengineering and in 2013 he received his Ph.D. in motor learning and development with a specific focus on gymnastics education. He has lectured across the country and Canada and has published papers on the biomechanics of gymnastics. He is a trained stunt player for stage and screen and is certified with both the United Stuntmen’s Association and the Society of American Fight Directors.
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