In The Beginning
Artistic Gymnastics was opened in August of 1972 by Dennis Jones. He had been running a community program in Bayshore NY. Having just received his masters degree in Exercise Physiology, he was itching to share his knowledge of gymnastics with his own students. He opened the 30 Oser Ave facility and ran it successfully for 29 years. Dennis used his education and knowledge of human physiology along with his passion for nutrition, to intelligently train his gymnasts with minimal injury and maximum results.
The Growing Years
In 2001 Dennis decided to give up the directorial responsibilities of Artistic Gymnastics. He put an ad in Newsday and was contacted by numerous buyers. On May 1, 2001 Deborah Popolizio contacted Dennis about her interest in Artistic. She had 6 years managerial experience with another facility. More importantly, she had the educational background to carry on the Artistic tradition. Deborah had completed a double masters degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University 3 years earlier and was a ADA Registered Dietitian. Deborah purchased Artistic Gymnastics in July of 2001. She spent 2 months renovating the school and opened her doors on September 11, 2001. On her first day of class, Deborah was forced to cancel all her evening classes due to the tragic events of the day. Together with the parents of the children who missed classes that evening, they collected over $4000 to donate to the victims families. Thankfully, Artistic was able to open the next day. In that time, Artistic has grown and flourished as one of Long Island’s premier Gymnastics schools. We have sent numerous competitors to State and Regional competition. More importantly we have trained thousands of young children to overcome their fears, push beyond the limits they perceived and to achieve more than they could have ever imagined.
Where We’re Going
In 2011, it became very obvious that Artistic Gymnastics had outgrown their 7000sq ft facility. The “Sea of children” in the gym each night necessitated an expansion. Deborah went looking for the new facility. After viewing 1,000,000,000,000,000 possible locations, she found the 425 Oser Ave site. It was PERFECT! It had plenty of space to expand, big bathrooms, a HUGE parking lot and great energy. We opened the new facility on July 2, 2012. Since then, Artistic has been providing the same warm caring education with more room to “spread out”. The new facility has lots of new equipment to help train the gymnasts and comfortable seating for the parents. The future is very bright for Artistic….