Youth gymnastics

Tumbling, Turning & Learning

​​The centuries old sport of gymnastics is a fun and exciting activity that requires strength, flexibility, coordination and more. Our gymnastics programs at the YMCA of Dane County allow youth ages 3-9 to build basic skills and techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Novice gymnasts from Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie and all of Dane County will find our introductory, and more advanced, courses to be challenging and stimulating, as they provide opportunities to improve strength, balance and control on a variety of apparatus.

As with any of our youth sports, our Gymnastics programming stresses growth and improvement, helping children reach their fullest potential in mind, body and spirit. Not only will youth benefit from advancing their physical skills, but will also be educated about our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We want all of our young athletes to be provided skills that assist them both in and outside of athletics.

Common Activities and Drills Skills and Values Learned
  • Stretching
  • Walking on Balance Beam
  • Jumping From Spring Board
  • Vaulting Drills
  • Tumbling
  • Team Talk
  • Strength and Coordination
  • Balance and Focus
  • Concentration
  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Healthy Exercise

Gymnastics Classes

Ages 3-5

Students will learn the basics of gymnastics with repetition on agility, flexibility and strength.

Ages 4+

Designed for students who have never done gymnastics before and/or are 4-5 years old or older (depending on location). Students will learn the basics of gymnastics at this level. We will work on agility, flexibility and strength.

Intermediate 1
Ages 6+

Designed for students who have done gymnastics before but are still working to master the basics. Students should be comfortable being in a headstand against a wall on their own, be able to hold themselves on a bar without any or much help and should be able to stand on a balance beam with or without a teacher holding their hand as they walk across.

Intermediate 2
Ages 7+

We will continue to master the skills from Intermediate 1. Students should be able to hold themselves up in a headstand and be working toward a handstand against a wall. They should be able to hold themselves up on a bar without help and comfortably walk on a balance beam. This level will move to a more competitive environment. Under 7 years, instructor consent.


Youth Gymnastics in Madison



  • Shorts or Sweatpants


  • Mats
  • Apparatus
  • Fun!



  • Lussier Family West YMCA (West)
  • Sun Prairie YMCA (Northeast)


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