The "Sapphire" attracts and oversees one's divine mission in life, instilling, faith, hope and joy along the way.
Sapphire Gymnastics Academy Mission Statement
We believe that each child that comes through our doors has a specific mission for their life. At SGA we are committed to overseeing this mission by instilling the following life qualities in each child that we come in contact with:
Sapphire Gymnastics Academy was founded in 2005 by Carla Edwards and Megan Robinson. We began with one location in Urbandale with 78 students and 10,000 sq ft. Our first year was a great one! We grew our recreational program rapidly and collected four Junior Olympic state championships. Pretty impressive considering we opened our doors just three months before the competitive season began! In December of 2010, Sapphire Urbandale uprgraded to a larger building which included 12,500 square feet, and the addition of our Pre-ballet and Gym 'N Learn (Parent's Morning Out) Programs. In just two quick years we outgrew that gym as well and began planning a more permanent move! June of 2013 marks the opening of our 25,000 square foot facility on Meredith Drive in Urbandale.
In 2009 Sapphire Des Moines opened. We are now at home in our fully air conditioned 6,000 sq ft. facility. We began with 48 recreational students and have grown that base rapidly. We also added an XCel team in 2010. We are so glad to offer a fully equipped gym to the South Side of Des Moines.
Ruby Gymnastics was added in 2011. Ruby is a 9,800 sq ft. facility in Cedar Falls, IA and is the best equipped gym in the area. We boast a 30' tumble track, trampoline, a pit and preschool sized equipment for our little ones. Check out www.rubygymnastics.com for more information on our sister gym.
What will the 2013-2014 school year bring? Tune in and see! With a new facility, and plenty of room for growth, we know for sure it will be a wild ride! We would like to thank the families of Urbandale, Des Moines and Cedar Falls for making it possible for us to do what we do. We appreciate you all and are thankful that you have chosen Sapphire/Ruby as your gymnastics home!
Children ages 1-5 are a part of our preschool program. These classes range from 30-45 minutes in length, and are organized by age group. In the Pre-school program, we focus on exposing children to a classroom setting and acclimating them to a gym environment. We hope to help the growth of each student in the following 5 areas: 1) Fundamental Gymnastic Skills 2) Gross Motor Skills 3) Fine Motor Skills 4) Cognitive Skills 5) Social Skills
Starting at age 6 and on, students are placed into classes base on skill level. This allows teachers to focus on developing a solid foundation of technique. We test frequently to ensure students are best placed for success. If gymnastics is a brand new experience, we can schedule an evaluation with you and your precious gem to find the best class!
Here at Sapphire, we understand that boys will be boys! Starting at age 6, the boys have their very own classes where they can do just that! This program has something to offer for every boy- from the wiggly worm, to the timid introvert. We are equipped with rings, pommel horse, parallel bars, high bar, floor excercise, and vault. Classes range from 60-90 minutes in length.
Can't quite decide between gymnastics and dance? You don't have to! Our Pre-Ballet/Gym Combo classes are desinged to give young students a taste of both! These classes are offered to children ages 4 and 5, and are 60 minutes in length (30 minutes dance, 30 minutes gymnastics). Combining dance and gymnastics gives students a great foundation to build their strength and coordination.
At Sapphire, we have two separate competitive teams: the Junior Olympic Team, and the Xcel Team. Our Men’s and Women’s Junior Olympic Team recruits by invitation only. Athletes can begin competing at age 6, all the way through their high school years. Practices range in length from 9-16 hours per week (dependent on level) . This group is a highly competitive, highly devoted team. Our Xcel team is open to female gymnasts who have the heart, drive, and genuine interest in gymnastics. They practice between 4-6 hours each week and can begin as early as age 5. This team gives athletes a great competing experience, along with growth in self-confidence and poise.
Gym 'N Learn is a Parent's Morning Out Program (available Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm) that promotes learning activities and themes that are facilitated through the following activities: Gymnastics, Dance, Art, Spanish, and Music. Our goal is to foster an active learning environment to get children ready for preschool and kindergarten. This is a great way to get all of a child’s activities done during the day so evening time can be used for family time!
We host special events frequently throughout the year including parties, sleepovers, clinics, day camps, holiday events, parents' night outs, open gym, food drives, and so much more! For information on our upcoming events you can email our events coordinator using the link at the bottom of the page!