GymPalooza Returns on August 20th, 2016!

Join us for the 3rd annual GymPalooza!
The event is completely free but you do need to register for a wristband to attend.

Click here to get your FREE wristbands.

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It’s Time for Summer Recreational Camp!

Twistars Summer Recreational Camp is open for registration.

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It’s Time for Bravo 2016!


MAY 21 and May 22, 2016, Twistars at The Summit, Dimondale

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Lights! Camera! Action!

One time each year, Twistars USA Gymnastics hosts our annual Bravo Spring Recital. This year’s Bravo theme is “Road to Rio” and will be Saturday, May 21st, and Sunday May 22nd at our Twistars USA Gymnastics Summit location in Dimondale. With the approaching Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil the excitement will fill the air!

Bravo is a showcase performance where gymnasts have the chance to demonstrate what they’ve learned for their family and friends.

For our “Gym Stars” and “Pre-Team” members the event follows the format of a real gymnastics competition complete with actual judges.

“Gym Stars” are all students in the following classes:

    • Super Stars
    • Flip Stars
    • Fun Stars
    • Advanced Flip and Fun Stars
    • Star Boys 2
    • Comets (Girls and Boys)
    • Star Fires

All our “Tumble Stars” members (our younger students) will perform skills at pre-designed stations in order to impress the audience.

“Tumble Stars” are all students in the following classes:

    • Twinkle Stars
    • Shining Stars
    • Shooting Stars
    • Fire Stars
    • Rising Stars
    • Star Boys 1

Gymnasts receive colored ribbon awards for each event in the performance, a certificate of accomplishment and an impressive medal specially designed for this event. The event is decorated to match the theme and even our coaches dress up in costume to add to the atmosphere. Bravo is an exciting time for our students, but many parents of new gymnasts are understandably curious about what all the excitement is about. This letter should help answer all of your questions.

While Bravo is completely optional, we highly recommend that all gymnastics students participate! This is a magical time that you do not want to miss. It is the culmination of their months of hard work, and a chance for these future “Olympians” to showcase all the things they’ve learned throughout the year! Some incredible memories can be made while living the Bravo Olympic Dream! This is their time to shine in front of friends and family and is truly an exciting time for all participants.

Important dates for this year’s recital are as follows:

Registration Opens – Friday, March 18, 2016

Deadline for Registration, Bravo Leotard and Boys Uniform Orders – April 20th, 2016

We may have a small selection of leotards and boys uniforms available in various sizes in the office after the deadline order date. These will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please be sure to pre-order by April 20th to guarantee your gymnast’s size and availability. In past years, 95% of the participating gymnasts have order the event leotard/uniform so as to fully enjoy the experience.

Deadline for Late Registration – May 1st, 2016

No registrations will be accepted after May 1st.

Bravo Dates
Bravo Sessions 1, 2, 3 – Saturday, May 21st at
Bravo Sessions 1,2,3 and Pre-Team – Sunday, May 22nd

Session Times
Session 1: Check In 1:15 Awards 3:20 (Saturday and Sunday)
Twinkle Stars, Shining Stars, Shooting Stars, Rising Stars and Fire Stars

Session 2: Check In 3:00 Awards 5:15 (Saturday and Sunday)
Star Boys 1, Super Stars, Flip Stars, Fun Stars, Flip & Fun Stars, Home School

Session 3: Check In 5:00 Awards 7:25- (Saturday and Sunday)
Boys/Girls Comets, Star Boy 2, Starfires, Advanced Flip and Fun Stars

Pre Team: Check In 10:00 AM, Awards 12:20 (Sunday Only)

Please note that we will not offer our birthday parties or open gym on Saturday, May 21st or Sunday, May 22nd. Recreational classes will run as scheduled on Saturday. The Flip & Fun Star class will not run on Sunday, May 22nd. Gymnasts registered for this class will have the option of scheduling a make-up class or receiving an Open Gym pass.
Because of our large enrollment, Bravo is held on both Saturday and Sunday. Each gymnast will have an opportunity to perform on either Saturday, Sunday or Both Days for same one-time registration fee. You will be asked to choose your performance day(s) when you register. The price remains the same regardless of which of the 3 options you choose. Each class level has already been assigned a recital time on both Saturday and Sunday (see above) and you can also find that information at both Twistars offices (Summit and Clark Corners) as well as on our website.

Costs and Registration Commitment for our Annual Bravo Recital

Registration is $35. Sibling registration is $30. Each registration package includes 2 tickets to the event, a gymnastics medal for your gymnast and a personalized certificate complete with participation ribbons for each event. In addition, we recommend adding the official Bravo themed leotard for girls or the boys uniform to your Bravo registration package. The leotard is available for $45 (plus tax) and the boys’ uniform, consisting of shorts and a Bravo themed T-shirt, is available for $25 (plus tax.)


Recitals would not be the same without themed attire. Every child enjoys dressing up and participating in the annual theme. Many gymnasts are often spotted proudly wearing their Bravo attire for years following the event. Our office team and the coaches have been choosing music, designing the girls’ leotard & boys uniform, working on routines, and planning decorations for several months so as to make this a very special event for our students. Be sure to order your Bravo leotard or boys uniform by April 20th to guarantee your size and availability.

Learning the Routines:

The gymnasts will be performing the official USA Gymnastics Level 1 and Level 2 routines, or skill level appropriate variations of those routines. The kids will learn and practice their routines during their regular class times. There are no mandatory additional practices or rehearsals scheduled.

Additional practice time (optional):

The gymnasts will have the option of participating in extra Bravo practices … your coach will let you know when these are happening. In addition, we encourage all Bravo participants to use Open Gym to practice on your own. There will be coaches in the gym during Open Gym times who can help with skills and routines as time permits.


Families receive 2 complimentary tickets (per registered child) with their Bravo registration, which can be used at one performance of your choice. Tickets included in the Bravo registration package can be used both at one show, or one at each show. Additional tickets can be purchased online and in the Twistars office through May 20th OR at the door. Ticket prices are shown below. Purchased tickets are valid for one performance. Tickets are general admission and anyone over the age of 3 will need a ticket.

Purchase Tickets Here:

(or tickets can be purchased along with your initial registration)

  • Regular: $10/ticket (Adults and children age 13+)
  • Seniors: $5/ticket (ages 55+)
  • Children: $5/ticket (ages 3-12)

Tickets can also be purchase at the door (at The Summit) on the day of the event at the following prices:

  • Regular: $12/ticket (Adults and children age 13+)
  • Seniors: $7/ticket (ages 55+)
  • Children: $5/ticket (ages 3-12)

Ticket Delivery:

Tickets can be purchased online or in the Twistars office through May 20th. They can be purchased at the door at The Summit location on both days of the performance. The ticket delivery/pickup method will be provided in an email in April or May.

Awards Ceremony:

Each gymnast will participate in a very special awards ceremony immediately following the performance. The ceremony is an exciting chance for every gymnast to receive their medal and take their place on the decorated awards podium. The Awards ceremonies will take place on the Mezzanine of the Summit immediately following the performance. Coaches will escort the gymnasts to the awards ceremony.

Additional items:

such as flowers, plush animals, balloons, and Bravo T-shirts, are available for purchase separately. Some of these items will be available for pre-ordering online. Watch your email and our website for details or check with the Twistars office at The Summit:
Phone (517) 322-0360

Email: [email protected].
Performance Etiquette– We appreciate your cooperation in helping us run a smooth and enjoyable show! Following these basic and common sense guidelines will ensure a successful show. Remember the less distraction the better.

  • No food or drinksallowed in the gym.
  • Please turn off cell phonesand other electronic devices, and please do not text message during performances. Extra sounds and lights are very distracting.
  • Be considerate of the people around you. Do not put your feet on the seats in front of you, or run up and down the isles.
  • Gymnasts and attending guests are not permitted on the rock wall or gymnastics equipment at any time other than during their performances.

Child Drop Off and Pick Up

All performers will check-in with their parent upstairs at the Summit in the Twistars glass office prior to the show starting. Gymnasts should check-in at their assigned check-in time. The check-in times will be provided on the schedule you receive and also posted on our website on the Bravo information page. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to your check-in time. After you check in, your gymnast will receive the group letter they are assigned to. Parents will need to escort your gymnast to the staging area for that group letter and check-in with the assigned coach. Look for the group letters on the windows. Once the coach has arrived at your group’s staging area, they will take responsibility for your child and parents may be seated for the performance. Coaches will escort your child to the performance as well as help them with their routines during the performance. For the safety of your child(ren) we enforce this check in policy which is strictly followed. Do not leave your child unattended if you have not checked in with your assigned coach. When you check your child(ren) in the Twistars Summit office we will write your child’s group letter on your child(s) hand in black marker.


Once the awards ceremony has concluded, your child is free to go and will no longer be under the direction of a coach or chaperone. To reduce the commotion at the awards ceremony, please have your child stay until the ceremony is completed.

Bravo T-Shirts

Show your support for Bravo! Bravo T-shirts are available to pre-order for all friends, family and fans. These are the same design that the boys will use for their Bravo uniform. Limited sizes and quantities may be available for purchase during the event while supplies last. Pre-order online at

Register for Bravo online today.

Thank you again for joining our Twistars family this year – we’re excited for all that is coming!
~ John & Kathryn Geddert


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I hope everyone is excited about the upcoming championship season. The Level 7-8-9-10 Girls have their states this weekend. The Boys States is April 2-3 and the girls Level 3-4-5 State championships is April 29-30.

THE LEVEL 7-10 GIRLS STATES is hosted by Midland Gymnastics Training Center. Here is a bit of information for parents:

Northwood University 4000 Whiting Dr Midland, MI 48642
Adults (18 -61): $10:00
Children (under 18)and Seniors (62 and older):  $7.00
Weekend Pass
Adults $18.00
Children and Seniors: $12.00
See you soon!
Level 9-10s Compete Friday, Level 8s compete Saturday (in and out training Friday) and Level 7s compete Sunday (In and out training Saturday AM)
Training this week for Level 9-10s may be a bit shorter (no guarantees) Level 10s will training M-T and have an in and out on Thursday (including group A)


LEVEL 10 Regionals Hotel Reservations- ACT NOW

Level 9 and 10 Regionals will be hosted in Bourbonnais, Illinois on the weekend of April 8-9-10. There is a small chance that the meet might start on Thursday night but this will depend on the total number of entries.
Families can book their tentative hotel reservations at this time but we will not know the actual schedule until after state meets are completed. It is better to overbook than to be stuck 50 miles away. At this time we would expect families to travel the day prior to competition and certainly not the day of.




Order Yours Today
Support your gymnasts and your club at Regional competitions and throughout the year with a Michigan Gymnastics t-shirt! These t-shirts are the same colors as the 2016 regional leotards and are great for coaches, parents, siblings, and gymnasts.
 T-shirts are $15 each. (Extended sizes are extra.)
 Orders must be placed during the Optional State Meet. (Late orders will not be accepted)
 Individuals must pay with cash only at the meet.
 There will be a t-shirt table at the meet where you can place orders.
 All t-shirts will be sent to your club* and are guaranteed to arrive before each regional competition. Please verify as to how they will be sent and how you will pick them up. Office staff will not be responsible for delivering them.



Hope everyone is making it a habit to read the monthly newsletters. There is always important information included and this is simply another way or effective communication. It is also a great idea to have the athletes read the information as some of it pertains to them directly.

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The annual girls team trip is rapidly approaching. I know most of the assigned chaperons have been in contact with their groups but I thought it would be helpful to make sure everybody understands the logistics, procedures, rules and policies associated with team travel.


First of all we want to make sure that everyone is aware that the main purpose of the “team trip” is to do gymnastics. All aspects of the trip will revolve around preparing to do well in competition. In the process we plan on making this an enjoyable experience for all as it is events like this that serve as a reward for all the dedication put forth. This is not however a “vacation”.


Part of the reasoning behind traveling as a team is to create a great bonding experience for our athletes (and attending parents). It also serves as a great format for educating and mentoring the up and coming athletes as to how to prepare, eat, rest, cheer, like a Twistar team member.


The assigned chaperons are actually an extension of the coaching staff and responsible for making sure each group prepares properly while following the established rules. The benefit of some of the rules may be somewhat debatable but it is our stance that rules are rules whether you like them or not. Attending athletes are expected to represent themselves, and their club with dignity, manners and respect. Following rules is an important part of this requirement.





  • Curfews- 10PM the night prior to competition, 11PM if they have yet to compete and 12AM if their competition is over. A chaperon may always make the curfews earlier but may not make them later. Definition of curfew is lights out, in bed, going to sleep.
  • Buddy Rule- Chaperons will know where each member of the group is at all times. When out of the direct sight of the chaperon the “buddy rule” applies. An athlete may not stay in the room by themselves as this would violate the buddy rule.
  • Attitude- Positive, friendly, cooperative, honest, caring, sharing, helpful, courteous, and polite, are attributes that are appreciated and encouraged.
  • Phone Rule- In order the foster a better bonding experience we have found that leaving the cell phones with the chaperons or in the rooms is key. There will be established phone time (usually in the am prior to breakfast and the pm prior to bed). All parents should have the chaperons cell number should you need to contact your child for some emergency situation.
  • Attending parents- Please do not interfere with the chaperons duties. Too many cooks spoil the stew. You are more than welcome to join the groups for dinners but please arrange your own table (so that the groups only have to worry about seating for 7-8 people). We also ask that if you want to participate in an excursion please limit it to ONE (this makes things much easier to manage). If visiting the rooms, please keep your visits to 15 minutes or less and be sure to be out of the rooms at least 30 minutes prior to curfew (this allows plenty of time for the athletes to prepare for bed).
  • No males in the rooms – this includes siblings, dads, grandpa and visiting pets (just seeing if you are paying attention).
  • Nutritional Guidelines are in effect for the duration of the trip and includes travel to and from the airport. This seems as if it should go without saying but for clarity purposes we expect athletes to make good nutritional choices. When in doubt by all means use this as an educational opportunity (ask questions and learn what the best choice are). We do not expect kids to live on lettuce for the weekend but we also expect them to know the difference between proper nutrition and junk. Junk food, fried foods, heavy cream sauces, high fat content foods, pastry desserts, high sugar content drinks, caffeine loaded drinks, candy, ice cream, etc. are examples of what would be considered improper choices.
  • ONLY Fruits and/or vegetables in the rooms. This should be considered literally. Do not pack (sneak) other snacks in your luggage.
  • No picnic grazing areas- As a way to circumvent the Fruits and Veggie rules some parents have been known to set up a picnic grazing area in their rooms and invite the kids. This of course is quite disrespectful and certainly teaches the wrong lesson about rules.
  • Study Time- Those requiring significant study time should take advantage of every opportunity so as to not inconvenience the group. This would include getting up earlier than the group, using the airport time, airplane time, and all other breaks to the best of their ability. Athletes are not allowed to stay behind by themselves in the rooms for “study time” as they would not have proper supervision. Some groups may designate certain blocks of time as “study time” in which case all members of that groups should be considerate of those using the time for actual study purposes.
  • Team Support- All groups are asked to support at least one other team level. Where Twistars Apparel and Cheer loudly!


AIRPORT ARRIVAL- We usually use 90 minutes early as the time for arrival but due to the 5:55 flight time for this trip we are asking that all members meet their chaperons at the ticket check in 60 minutes prior to departure. NO LATER!


APPAREL- Travel outfits – (Black legging or Yoga pants, White “burn out” t shirt, Blue/black Pom Jersey sweatshirt), Team Rolly/Back Pack (pack all essentials and use as you carry on).


COMPETITION TIMES- Level 7, Check in 8:00 Saturday, Level 9 Check in 11:30 Saturday, Level 10 Check in 3:00 Saturday, Level 8 Check in 6:30 Saturday. Level 5 Check in 8 AM Sunday and Level 4 Check in 6:30 Sunday.


TRAINING TIMES- Groups will train normal days and normal hours prior to departure. There will be a reduced practice for those training on Wednesday due to the early flight time.

Looking forward to a great time in Nashville. This is a large meet with over 2500 athletes so the competition should be amazing. The trip will be a blast provided we can all keep the drama to a minimum. Roll with the flow… we have seen this movie before.

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