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Los Gatos Rising Star Gymnastics Helps Children Build Confidence

Instructor Ella Chekhanovskaya teaches popular sport in a fun, non-pressure environment at Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center.

Half a dozen darling little girls gathered Thursday afternoon at the Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center, 123 E. Main St., to have a good time, socialize and practice gymnastics with the help of instructor Ella Chekhanovskaya.

Wearing colorful leotards and tights, they ran after each other, stretched, tumbled and performed other fun exercises to the delight of parents present in the small gym inside the center.

Chekhanovskaya holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and is a certified gymnastics instructor, safety certified, who has a professional membership with USA Gymnastics.

Mom Shawn Sloan said Chekhanovskaya is a great teacher who doesn't pressure the children and teaches them at their own pace, giving individual attention to each student. "It's a small group and I really like that about it," Sloan said, while watching daughter Gracie, 7, doing agility exercises.

The one-hour class meets once a week and lasts two months. It's one of many offered by Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation, a nonprofit agency formed in 1956 through a joint powers agreement with the local school districts in Los Gatos and Saratoga.

To learn more about LGS Recreation and all its classes and programs, please click here.

E. Sprugasci January 25, 2013 at 06:11 PM
LGS Recreation has a variety of classes and programs for children and adults. Please visit www.lgsrecreation.org for additional information
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Hi Emily, thanks so much for making this little story and video possible. Much appreciated!
Margaret Kvamme January 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Ella is simply the best. My two children have been taking her classes for a combined total of 8 years. My daughter (age 9) is now in Ella's advanced class and is doing back walk overs and beam and bar work. I always know she is having fun and doing everything very safely. She loves the class!
J. Whitman January 26, 2013 at 06:07 PM
My daughter started taking gymnastic classes with Ella in 3rd grade. She is now in 6th grade and, thanks to Ella, has developed great posture, poise and gracefulness. Most importantly, Ella teaches young athletes how to take care of their bodies by emphasizing stretching, conditioning, proper form and core body strength building exercises. In fact, a couple years ago, I hired her as my personal trainer and I now enjoy great posture and a pain-free back. She is truly amazing!
Maggie Sheridan January 27, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Maggie Sheridan Sunday January 26, 2013 I have personally witnessed Ella with the children. She is so kind and gentle with them and they are having so much fun in gymanstic in a great caring atmosphere. I love watching Ella work with the children. I have personally taken classes with Ella and she makes me feel so comfortable. I am gaining strength and losing weight. A class with her is so relaxing and I am making so much progress. I can't say enough about Ella. She is more than a gymnastic teacher she is my friend. I am looking forward to working with her forever.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 27, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Great to see them doing something active! Instead of playing a video game all day.

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