Glenshire gymnastics to begin in January |

Glenshire gymnastics to begin in January

In Suzy Wade’s gymnastics classes, the motto is “high fives are a way of life.”

Her passion is teaching children creativity in movement and helping them build the strength and self-esteem to help them succeed as they grow. She is new to Truckee, but already her “Little Stars Gymnastics” program is filling up.

Beginning on Jan. 2 at the Glenshire Clubhouse, Wade will offer weekly gymnastics classes to young students between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old. Baby Stars is for children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent; Tiny Stars is for children ages 3 to 4; Little Stars is for ages 4 to 5 and Shooting Stars for children who are kindergarten age.

She can barely wait until little ones are tumbling and jumping all around her.

“I haven’t coached in seven months and I miss it so much,” Wade said.

She and her husband and their two daughters moved to Truckee six months ago from the Bay Area, where she was the preschool director at Encore Gymnastics in Walnut Creek.

“One of the hardest things I had to do was leave a job that I loved so much,” she said. “My husband and I decided we wanted to move to where we could spend more time with our girls, slow down, and enjoy being a family. I have always wanted to live in a small town, where people wave to me and know me by name. Maybe they will all be under the age of six, but living in Truckee is a dream come true.”

Besides gymnastics, Wade also volunteers in her daughter’s first grade classroom at Glenshire Elementary, teaches Sunday school at Truckee Lutheran Church and works as a caterer at Florian’s Fine Wines and Specialty Foods.

Wade was also a competitive gymnast for seven years. When she first took her youngest daughter to gymnastics lessons, gym staff convinced her to start coaching herself. In her first year coaching, she was awarded “Coach of the Year” at her gym.

And she makes her classes fun for her students. Every week she announces a different theme, ranging from Outer Space Week to Circus Week to Mother Goose Week.

Her classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning and afternoon. The cost is $30 per student for a four-week session, plus a $20 yearly registration fee. Her classes are already half full, so call to soon to reserve a spot: 587-4880.

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