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 Parent & Tot

Ages:  18 months to 36 months

 Parent and Tot 18 to 24 monthsWhy Choose Gymnastics for Your Toddler?

Gymnastics is an ideal activity for all preschoolers as it helps develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, strength, power, flexibility and creativity. Ortona’s gymnastics programs offer these young gymnasts a chance to stretch, jump, run and roll in a safe, welcoming and educational environment. Each Parent and Tot class is age specific, guaranteeing that the exercises are best suited for your child’s needs and that no child is left out.

Our Parent and Tot programs allow you to accompany your child in each program’s activities. Being with your child helps them to feel more comfortable and safe, making it easier for the toddlers to learn and explore. These classes are a perfect way to spend some quality time with your children. It’s always fulfilling to be able to see them laugh, grow and have fun.

 

Parent and Tot 18 to 24 month

Sun Rays - LTAD 1/LTAD 8

18 months to 24 months

This 45-minute class is tailored to children aged 18–24 months and offers an introduction to basic gymnastics movements such as rolls, jumps, hangs and slides. Additionally, children will be introduced to gymnastics apparatuses such as the bars, rings and balance beams, just to name a few. Then at the end of the course, each child receives a certificate to reward their hard work.

Throughout the program children will develop strength, flexibility, motor skills, sensory understanding and social skills through interaction with others.

By introducing them to activity at a young age, these children have a head start in building a foundation for life long health and wellness. A parent or guardian is required to assist the child during each class.

 

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Star Lights - LTAD 1/LTAD 8

24 months to 36 months

This 45 minutes class is for children 24 months to 36  months. Similar to the 18 months to 24 months program, children are introduced to  basic gymnastics movements, like rolls, jumps and hangs, and different gymnastics apparatuses such as the bars, rings and balance beam. At this age children tend to be rambunctious, so each class offers plenty of activities to constructively use up that energy.

At the end of the program, each child receives a certificate for all their hard work. Throughout the program children will develop strength, flexibility, motor skills, sensory understanding and social skills through interaction with others.

By introducing them to activity at a young age, these children have a head start in building a foundation for life long health and wellness. A parent or guardian is required to assist the child during each class.

To register for this program, click HERE, then scroll down and select Parent & Tot. From there you can select a specific class and register! 

  

Leapah’s Learning Garden (Pre-school)

World of Wonderment (WOW) Programs

(Ages: 3 years to 4 years)

Leapah’s Learning Garden - LTAD 1

Learning Through Play; Growing Through Discovery
Leapah’s Learning Garden Logo
A Head Start on Healthy Living
 
Leapah’s Learning Garden is a balanced program made specifically for pre-school aged children. The program focuses on developing each child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, spatial and mental abilities in a safe, inclusive, fun and encouraging environment.
 
We offer programs for 3 and 4-year-olds. Our programs help children learn and discover through a variety of educational and physical activities that focus on healthy socialization and positive self-esteem. Each program runs from September to June, and classes are either twice per week or three times per week for two and a half hours. We ask that all participants that join our program are potty trained.
 
 *** NEW *** Additional Class Add-on. All ages are welcome to add additional classes to their initial class choice. Students are welcome to attend 2 days per week, 3 days, 4 days or all 5 days per week! Please feel free to select whichever additional class(es)  suit your family schedule (subject to availability.)
 
 
Pricing
 
 *Please note that a membership is required for this program, and will be charged in September 2021 prior to the first class*  
Classes Per Week  10 months Cost Per Month Reserve Your Spot Deposit (Your Deposit goes towards your 1st month of classes)
2 days per week 1,800.00 180.00 180.00
3 days per week 2,700.00 270.00 270.00
4 days per week 3,600.00 360.00 360.00
5 days per week 4,500.00 450.00 450.00
 
The program is taught in our incredible, preschool-sized, Kinder Gym, which offers children a safe, colourful and exciting environment that is the perfect place for learning and discovery. The Kinder Gym also has a licensed preschool room dedicated to education that is filled with creative toys, books, art supplies and activities.
 
Monthly Themes
LLG Gymnastics
Leapah’s Learning Garden offers children a chance to explore and use their imagination through monthly themes. Each theme will have corresponding activities, curriculum and art projects. Through the use of these themes, children become more enthusiastic about learning and physical activity. Some themes include dinosaurs, farms, senses, seasons and the world.
 
Ortona’s Objectives
  • To provide children with a development program centered on multi-movement.
  • To teach children Gymnastics Canada’s Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals.
  • To provide a quality program full of activities that enable the development of the child mentally, physically and emotionally.
 
 
The Curriculum
Throughout the year the preschoolers will learn about several different subjects.
 
ABC’s & Pre-writing:
Children will learn to recognize letters and sounds. Introductory pre-writing activities will also be offered regularly, and children will begin to trace, recognize and print their names.
 
Art:
Art projects correspond to the monthly theme and encourage creativity. Children will develop their imaginations and fine motor skills.
 
Gymnastics & Movement:
Fun, active and safe gymnastics exercises will get children moving and make them healthier and happier. Each class focuses on building physical literacy through the fundamental skills of gymnastics in a positive environment. Children develop flexibility, coordination and strength.
 
LLG Art
Language Art:
Nursery rhymes, poems, stories and oral activities are utilized to enhance each child’s vocabulary and encourage a love of reading and books.
 
Nutrition & Food:
Snack time encourages healthy eating habits and table manners. Please remember that Ortona is strictly a nut-free facility.
 
 

To register for this program, click HERE, then scroll down and select Leapah’s Learning Garden (Pre-school). From there you can select a specific class and register!  

KinderGym

World of Wonderment (WOW) Programs

(Ages: 2 years 11 months to 5 years 11 months)

Each level of Ortona’s WOW programs is age specific, which allows children to get the most out of the program. In Ortona’s World of Wonderment, children grow and develop through fun activities, games and gymnastics exercises. You’ll be amazed at how much fun can be had here at Ortona.

WOW Puddle Jumpers (KG1)- LTAD 1

Puddle Jumpers is a structured, un-parented 45-minute program for children 3 years of age. This program incorporates things like music, gymnastics circuits and games to educate these young athletes and develop their minds and bodies. This is the first un-parented level in our WOW program.K1

The program is taught in our unique, colourful, and kid-friendly preschool gym. This educational environment is filled with chances for discovery, growth and learning, and all the equipment is toddler-sized.

What 3-year-old could resist? Children are introduced to the fundamentals of gymnastics (swings, springs, rotations, locomotion, statics and landing) and develop coordination, listening skills and build independence.

These young athletes receive a report card at the end of each session and a red ribbon upon completion of the level to show them how far they have progressed.

Children must be potty trained to participate.

WOW Leaf Hoppers (KG2)-LTAD 1

WOW KG2

Leaf Hoppers is a structured, un-parented 60-minute program for children 3 years and 4 months to 4 years and 3 months of age. This course follows Ortona’s Puddle Jumpers (KG1) program and builds on the gymnastic foundations (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics, landings and object manipulation) learned in Puddle Jumpers. If your child is 3 years of age, we recommended that they first complete Puddle Jumpers prior to taking this class.

The program is taught in our unique, colourful, and kid-friendly preschool gym. This educational environment is filled with chances for discovery, growth and learning, and all the equipment is the perfect size for the young athletes.

Children participate in artistic gymnastics by exploring the bars, beam and similar apparatuses. 

This program incorporates things like music, gymnastics circuits and games to educate these young athletes and develop their minds and bodies.

The young athletes receive a report card at the end of each session and an orange ribbon upon completion of the level to reward all their hard work.

Children must be potty trained to participate.

WOW Log Leapers (KG3)-LTAD 1WOW KG 3

Log Leapers is a structured 60-minutes program for children 4 and 5 years of age. The program builds upon the skills taught in Leaf Hoppers (KG2) and further develops each child’s ability and knowledge of the basic gymnastics foundations (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics, landings and object manipulation). We recommend that children 4 years of age should complete Leaf Hoppers (KG3) prior to enrolling in Log Leapers.

The majority of the classes will take place in our incredible, colourful, kid-friendly Kinder Gym. This unique environment offers children the chance to learn, grow and have fun on a wide array of kid-sized equipment including a mini rock climbing wall, slides and tunnels. Our larger, main gym will also be utilized, offering the young athletes a chance to further develop their skills.

In addition to the basic gymnastics circuits, the children explore artistic gymnastics on bars, beam, and other apparatuses. By participating in gymnastics circuits and educational games, the young athletes develop their minds, bodies and learn healthy lifestyle choices.

Each child receives a report card at the end of each session and an yellow ribbon upon completion of the level to reward all their hard work. 

Children must be potty trained to participate.

WOW Vine Swingers (KG4)-LTAD 1

WOW KG 4

Vine Swingers is a 60 minute un-parented, advanced program for children 4 to 5 years 11 months of age. This class expands on the gymnastic fundamentals (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics landings and object manipulation) learned in Puddle Jumpers (KG1), Leaf Hoppers (KG2), Log Leapers (KG3) and introduces more advanced skills. This is the highest level of Ortona’s WOW programs.

The program utilizes our larger main gym in addition to the preschool gym, to offer the young athletes a chance to try more advanced techniques and develop their skills even further. Two gyms means twice the fun.

The program builds upon the basic gymnastics movements (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics, landings and object manipulation) learned at the lower WOW program levels, and begins to introduce more advanced skills to the young gymnasts. Additionally, the program combines dance, music and play to create a fun and educational program. Children must complete Log Leapers (KG3) prior to registering in this program.

The young athletes receive a report card at the end of each session and a green ribbon upon completion of the level to reward all their hard work.

Children must be potty trained to participate.

To register for this program, click HERE, then scroll down and select KinderGym. From there you can select a specific class and register! 

  

Gymnastics For All (GFA/CanGym)

Ages: 5 years 11 months to 14 years 11 months

Gymnastics For All was created by Gymnastics Canada and is used as a progress monitoring and motivational tool for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. Athletes in the Gymnastics For All program are beginner to advanced level recreational gymnasts and entry level competitive gymnasts. 

CanGum Badge 1The GFA program is based on Gymnastics Canada’s 3 philosophical pillars of fun, fitness and fundamentals. These 3 beliefs are integrated into every lesson which creates a welcoming, engaging and exciting environment for all gymnasts.

GFA has two objectives:
  1. To provide a badge-based, skill development program for Canadian gymnastic clubs.
  2. To provide resource material that complements the Level 1 and 2 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Gymnastics curriculum. Gymnastics For All is a progressive 12-badge program that challenges kids to develop their gymnastic skills in a fun and safe environment. Every child receives a progress card and a badge when each level is completed.

GFA Ortona Style

GFA is divided into 12 different badge levels. An athlete must learn the skills required at each badge before they can move on to the next level. The skills taught grow more difficult with each ascending badge.

Badges 1 through 4 are co-ed, but at badge 5, the classes are separated by gender so that athletes focus on apparatus specific to men’s or women’s artistic gymnastics.

To maximize the amount of training time available to the athletes and to reinforce similar skills at different levels, badges 1 and 2 are combined into a single class, badges 7 and 8 are combined into a single class for girls as well as badges 9 to 12. For boys, badges 5 to 12 are combined into a single class. Although these badges are grouped together, each athlete must still advance through the badge levels in order.

Co-ed GFA Badges 1-4- LTAD 2

Co-ed CanGym ClassesAt these levels, athletes focus on learning skills grouped into one of the 6 fundamental movement patterns: landings, locomotions, stationary positions, rotations, springs and swings. Skills at this level are taught on a variety of competitive and non-competitive apparatuses. Athletes progress through the 4 badges at their own pace depending on their abilities and goals.

  • Badge 1/2: Athletes learn skills like safe landings, runs, log rolls, jumps and balancing techniques.
  • Badge 3: Each session at this level builds on the fundamental movement patterns taught at badges 1 and 2. Athletes learn skills such as forward and backward rolls, inverted balances and hangs as well as beginner strength exercises.
  • Badge 4: Each session focuses on mastering the basic skills required for each athlete to move into the gender-specific training. Athletes will work on skills such as handstands, cartwheels and pullovers.

Girls GFA Badge 5-12- LTAD 3

At badge 5, the girls begin to focus on women’s artistic gymnastics events which are the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Additionally, fundamental movements are combined with basic skills to teach the athletes more advanced skills. Athletes must train regularly to maintain strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

At levels 5 through 8, athletes are encouraged to train at least twice a week, and at levels 9 to 12 at least 2 weekly sessions are required for an athlete to maintain their success and keep up with the training.

  • Badge 5: The athletes begin to develop skills required for women’s artistic gymnastics apparatuses. These skills include round-off’s, basic vault skils, uneven bar swings and casts as well as basic dance elements for balance beam and floor exercise.
    Girls CanGym
  • Badge 6: Athletes further build on basic techniques and learn skills to help them succeed on each of the 4 apparatuses such as circle elements on the bars, floor combinations, vaulting skills and basic acrobatic elements for the balance beam.
  • Badge 7/8: These badge levels are combined into a single class which allows athletes to focus on mastering the techniques required to potentially make the transition from recreational training to developmental or competitive training.
  • Badges 9–12: The final 4 badge levels are combined into a single class which focuses on mastering skills required to compete in WAG competitions. The athletes maintain strength and flexibility while working towards the possibility of transitioning to a competitive program. Badges 9-12 entails higher level acrobatic skills such as tumbling lines and saltos. Connecting of elements is another component to the levels to aide athletes in the creation of routines.

Boys GFA Badge 5-12- LTAD 3

Athletes focus on apparatuses that are specific to men’s artistic gymnastics and fundamental movements are combined to teach athletes advanced skills. At levels 5 through 8, athletes are encouraged to train at least twice a week, and at levels 9 to 12 at least 2 weekly sessions are required to maintain an athlete’s success in strength and flexibility.

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  • Badge 5: The athletes begin to develop skills required for the men’s artistic events: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
  • Badge 6: Athletes begin to work on maintaining their strength and flexibility while furthering their apparatus specific skills such as circle elements on high bar and pommel horse, floor combinations and handspring vaults. 
  • Badge 7: By this level athletes are learning techniques specific to each of the 6 apparatuses. Athletes will continue to increase their strength & flexibility while working on their basic swings, circles, springs and beginner saltos.
  • Badge 8: By this badge level, athletes have learned various techniques for the apparatuses and may even consider a more competitive focus.
  • Badge 9: This level focuses on combining fundamental movements with basic skills to create sequences of movement.
  • Badge 10: Athletes continue to develop and excel at harder skills such as saltos, long sequences on the pommel, twists and advanced swings.
  • Badge 11: Athletes are now well versed in the basic skills and are continuing to focus on more difficult techniques.
  • Badge 12: The final badge level means that athletes have mastered the skills required to complete Gymnastics For All a special recognition award is given when all levels have been completed.

To register for this program, click HERE, then scroll down and select GFA Badge. From there you can select a specific class and register!  

  

CanJump (T&T)

Ages: 6 years to 17 years 

Our OGC T&T program allows athletes to further develop their skills in trampoline and tumbling. Each level teaches more advanced skills. These 9 levels/steps help athletes develop flexibility, courage, strength, technique and landings in a safe environment. Class length depends on the level. The program runs from September to June and sessions last for 10 to 13 weeks.
 
Trampoline Badge 
Can Jump Steps 1,2,3
6+ years and just starting out in gymnastics and trampoline. Basic fundamentals  and trampoline safety are taught while increasing fitness levels and having tons of fun!
Can Jump Steps 4,5,6

8+ years Intermediate gymnastics fundamentals are taught while increasing fitness levels and having tons of fun! Girls and Boys in this level are working on cartwheel, round offs and handsprings and are able to display control on trampoline.

Can Jump Steps 7,8,9

10-17 years old Co-ed Advanced gymnastics and trampoline fundamentals are taught while increasing fitness levels and having tons of fun! Athletes who are able to do handsprings and advanced trampoline skills.


In order to complete each level, athletes must complete all skills on all three events (double-mini, trampoline, and tumbling). 
Athletes progress through each step. Once they have completed all of the required skills in their step, they will move to the next step within their class. To move to the next class, athletes must complete all of the skills in each of the 3 steps. (ie. if an athlete has completed all of the skills on double-mini, trampoline, and tumbling in Can Jump Steps 1,2,3, the athlete will be able to register for the next class Can Jump Steps 4,5,6.) 

To register for this program, click HERE, then scroll down and select CanJump (Trampoline & Tumbling). From there you can select a specific class and register! 

  

Active For Life (Teen) 

Age: 11-17

Artistic Teen class is individually paced, creating an environment that focuses on safety, positivity and education. Our teen classes allow athletes to progress at their own pace in their individual GFA (CanGym) level. Additionally, the classes are developed around the interests of the participants in Artistic gymnastics. These programs give your teen a chance to enjoy gymnastics and see what they can do.

 

Teen Artistic Gymnastics- LTAD 8

In this program, the gymnasts explore the Artistic gymnastics equipment which includes the bars, beams, vaults, pommel horse and floor. Our coaches will work with each participant to help them build a strong foundation of the basic gymnastics movements and skills. The classes change to suit the interests of the group and focus will be given to the areas that the class finds the most fun.

 

Active For Life (Adult) 

Age: 18 plus

There is a common belief that gymnastics is a sport for the young. Most people over 25 might feel that they are too old for gymnastics, but here at Ortona, we believe in gymnastics for all. Whether you’re 9 or 99, you can find something beneficial and rewarding in gymnastics.

The Benefits of Gymnastics for Adults:

Gymnastics is the perfect physical activity for any age level. Adults of all ages can reap the numerous benefits that come with regular gymnastics-focused exercises.

Adult BeginnerGymnastics focuses on resistance training and functional strength. The long term benefits of resistance training include improved joint health, muscle development and cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, gymnastics is an excellent way to improve flexibility which improves joint mobility, circulation and helps prevent injuries. As we age, our flexibility decreases, but gymnastics is the perfect option for combating this decline.

Most importantly, the greatest benefit that comes from an Ortona adult program is fun. Our classes will leave you smiling and feeling positive. You’ll enjoy coming to class each week and learning new ways to be healthy, and you’ll love seeing your health improve as the weeks continue. With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why gymnastics is the perfect option for all ages.

Adult Programs at Ortona: 

Ortona’s adult programs are separated into 2 levels: beginner and intermediate/advanced. These 2 levels allow every individual, regardless of their ability, knowledge or experience, to participate in gymnastics and experience the positive feeling that comes from being active.

In addition to the scheduled classes that occur weekly, our gymnasts in the adult program are encouraged to participate in Open Gym, schedules and availability will vary so please check the webiste. This Open Gym time is used to further develop the skills the athletes have been learning in the program.

Beginner Program-LTAD 8

Ortona’s beginner program covers an introduction to basic skills on all gymnastics apparatuses for both Men’s Artistic and Women’s Artistic disciplines. These apparatuses include floor exercises, bars, rings, vault, pommel horse and balance beam. Several introductory gymnastics skills will be taught:

  • Basic tumbling (rolls, cartwheels, round-offs and handsprings)
  • Swings (casts, long-hang, glide, ring swings, parallel bar supports)
  • Vaults (tuck/straddle on and through, handsprings)
  • Basic pommel horse circles
  • Basic beam skills

The ultimate goal of the beginner program is to get our new gymnasts feeling comfortable in the gym. Additionally, we want every athlete to build a base of gymnastics movements and skills that they can use to further develop their techniques and learn harder skills. Each athlete is challenged individually based upon the progress he or she shows, which guarantees that everyone is moving at their own safe pace.

Intermediate/Advanced Program- LTAD 8

Adult IntermediateThe intermediate/advanced program is structured differently than the beginner class, as the focus shifts to the individual goals of each athlete enrolled in the program. The class works in the same area of the gym, but each athlete exercises individually, working towards the skills and goals they have set out to achieve.

Athletes in this level have a working grasp of the basic fundamental movements and gymnastics skills. Some athletes will often be veterans of the adult program and will have been a part of the program for several years.

 You’re never too young to gain something positive from the sport of gymnastics.

To register for this program, click HERE, then scroll down and select Active For Life (Teen/Adult). From there you can select a specific class and register! 

Performance Team

This program is fun and exciting twist on the sport of Gymnastics! Athletes work on gymnastics skills, dance, acrobatics, group and partner stunts on the floor and build a large group routines that include music, themes and props. Costumes and other equipment are also utilized to make every routine unique and fun. Performance Team participants will perform in local demonstrations as well as Alberta Gymnastics Annual Gym Fest. Athletes must commit to twice a week and due to the team component of the routines will be required to attend the practices on a regular committed basis.

Commitment: 2 days per week , 2 hours per practice.

Day 1: Athletes will work on their GFA Badge levels

Day 2: Athletes will work on tumbling, trampoline, stunt work and routines.

How the year will work:

September - December: Athletes will work on basic to advanced skills as well as conditioning to strengthen them for harder skills. Trampoline, tumbling and stunts will be the focus.

December – March: Athletes will continue to work on tumbling and trampoline skills, dance and stunts and will begin to also focus more on the routine building component putting all of these items together. 

April - June: Athletes will continue to perfect their group routine as well as work on their skill acquisition in preparation for Gym Fest!

Interested in the Program?
These programs are invitation only. We also host Tryout dates throughout the year, check out our website for upcoming dates. You can also Request an Assessment.

Coach Invitational

Ages: 4 years 0 months to 8 years 11 months

  • Tiny Tumblers (Girls only): This program is for girls aged 4 to 5 and is a pre-developmental program that allows young athletes to quickly transition to advanced programs like Aerials, Team Prep, or GFA.
  • Mighty Mites (Boys only): This program is for boys aged 4 to 5 and is a pre-developmental program for young athletes who wish to consider further training in our developmental gymnastics programs.
  • KinderGym 5 (Co-ed): This advanced KinderGym program is for boys and girls aged 4 to 6. Athletes in this program get a head start on transitioning to more advanced programs like GFA, T&T or Artistic.
  • Aerials (Girls only): This advanced program is for girls aged 6 to 9 and allows athletes to get a jump start into many other Ortona programs such as GFA, developmental or provincial. 
  • Performance Team: This program is fun and exciting twist on the sport of Gymnastics! Athletes work on gymnastics skills, dance, acrobatics, group and partner stunts on the floor and build a large group routines that include music, themes and props. Costumes and other equipment are also utilized to make every routine unique and fun. Performance Team participants will perform in local demonstrations as well as Alberta Gymnastics Annual Gym Fest. Athletes must commit to twice a week and due to the team component of the routines will be required to attend the practices on a regular committed basis.

Ortona offers advanced programs for young athletes who show promise and excel at gymnastics. Admission into these programs is by recommendation only. If you would like your child to be considered for one of these programs Request an Assessment.