Read Anne Josephson’s article, How Gymnastics Helps Your Child Succeed in School (Backed by Harvard Research) for information about the many academic benefits of participating in gymnastics.

Our Owl Academy Students, Kindergarten and above, are placed into class based on skill and gender. BIO’s Owl curriculum system Walking Owls, Twirling Owls, Flying Owls, Soaring Owls is taught on a continuum, allowing students to move at their own pace, advancing on the events on which they are ready. Bi-Monthly evaluations are low stress and allow the coaches to track the athletes’ progress awarding them a certificate when they master the skills for that event. Progression to the next class is achieved when all events from the previous level are completed with ease. If a student has gymnastics experience prior to attending BIO, please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss the most appropriate placement for your child. We offer a parallel to each of our Owls Classes for girls ages 8-17.

Girls Classes

Girls Walking Owls – Ages 4 to 8 (55 minutes)

Students in Girls Walking Owls is an introduction to the events of girls gymnastics. This girls-only class is the first in our Owl Academy program. There is an emphasis on body shaping, terms and positions of gymnastics, conditioning and flexibility. Skills introduced include cartwheels, handstands and rolls as well as basics on bars, beam, and vault.

Girls Intro to Gymnastics –  Ages 8 to 17 (55 minutes)

Students in Girls Walking Owls is an introduction to the events of girls gymnastics. This girls-only class is the first in our Owl Academy program. There is an emphasis on body shaping, terms and positions of gymnastics, conditioning and flexibility. Skills introduced include cartwheels, handstands and rolls as well as basics on bars, beam, and vault.

Girls Twirling Owls – Ages 5 to 8 (55 minutes)

This 55 minute class is for advanced beginner gymnasts.  Skills taught include cartwheels, handstands, back bends, rolls as well as basics on bars, beam, and vault. Additionally, will continue shaping, conditioning dance and flexibility.

Girls Intro 2 – Ages 8 to 17 (55 minutes)

This 55 minute class is for advanced beginner gymnasts.  Skills taught include cartwheels, handstands, back bends, rolls as well as basics on bars, beam, and vault. Additionally, will continue shaping, conditioning dance and flexibility.

Girls Flying Owls – Ages 5 to 8 (55 minutes)

This 55 minute class is for intermediate gymnasts. Skills taught include walkovers on floor, handstands on beam, handstand flat back on mat vaults, and back hip and sole circles on bars. Additionally, will continue shaping, conditioning dance and flexibility.

Girls Gym 1 – Ages 8 to 17 (55 minutes)

This 55 minute class is for intermediate gymnasts. Skills taught include walkovers on floor, handstands on beam, handstand flat back on mat vaults, and back hip and sole circles on bars. Additionally, will continue shaping, conditioning dance and flexibility.

Girls Soaring Owls Purple Ages 5 and up (120 minutes)

This 120 minute class is for advanced gymnasts.  Skills include front and back handsprings, cartwheels on beam, handspring flat back vaults, and introduction of kips on bars. Additionally, will continue shaping, conditioning, dance and flexibility.

Girls Gym 2 – Ages 8-17 (120 minutes)

This 120 minute class is for advanced gymnasts.  Skills include introductions to front and back handsprings, cartwheels on beam, handspring flat back vaults, and introduction of kips on bars. Additionally, will continue shaping, conditioning, dance and flexibility.

Gym Stars Ages 6-12, recreational competitive team (2 hours, twice/week)

Gym Stars is a 2 hour class/2 days per week for girls ages 6 to 12 years who are interested in moving at an accelerated pace in gymnastics. The class follows our Academy Curriculum focusing on basics such as rolls, cartwheels and handstands as well as fundamentals on vault, beam and bars. The airfloor is used to further air awareness and to introduce more advanced tumbling skills. Additionally, there is an emphasis on body shaping, conditioning and flexibility that forms the basis for readiness to enter into a Competitive Team program if so desired upon completion of Gym Stars. The Gym Star will compete in 3 to 4 competitions around metro Atlanta. Upon completion of the Gym Star program, the gymnasts may be consider for the competitive team. If competitive gymnastics is not of interest, then the gymnast may stay in the gym stars or enter our Academy program at the Flying or Soaring Owl level.

Boys Classes
Boys Level 1 – Ages 5 and up (55 minutes)

Students in Boys Level 1 are introduce to the events of boys gymnastics. Students will learn using the Boys curriculum, while also including many motor and social skills that are essential to grade school success. Skills taught include cartwheels, handstands and rolls as well as basics on rings, p-bars, high bar, pommel horse, and vault. Additionally, there is an emphasis on body shaping, conditioning and flexibility.