TAGS Boy’s and Girl’s Teams Find Success at Regionals!

The TAGS boys and girls competitive teams had an awesome showing at their respective regional championships last weekend! The TAGS South and TAGS Eden Prairie girl’s teams competed in Green Bay, WI, while the boy’s team from TAGS South traveled to Milwaukee, WI.

There were some great finishes for the TAGS South girls with Natalie Meyer taking 4th on Uneven Bars at Level 9. For Level 8, Lindsey Neumann took  4th on Beam, Alex Barcus tied for 9th place on Floor Exercise and Grace Keller placed 3rd on Balance Beam, tied for 3rd on Uneven Bars, and took 5th place All-Around.

The weekend was also a success for the TAGS Eden Prairie girls with Sabrina Essma, Audrey Kaufman, and  Kelsey Neff (all Level 9) advancing to the Western National Championships in Spokane, WA, May 8th-10th! Kelsey Neff took 4th on Vault, 7th on Bars, 4th on Beam, 2nd on Floor, and 3rd All-Around. Kate Grotenhuis placed 3rd on Beam, and Halle Bretz finished 3rd on Floor and took 4th place on the Uneven Bars. Kenzi Kluge placed 4th on Floor, Audrey Nolen took 4th on Beam, and Sabrina Essma placed 5th on the Uneven Bars. The Level 9 MN Region Team in which Neff was a part of placed 1st out of 7 states.

TAGS boys Austin Thomas, Blake Wright, and PJ Lenz wrapped up the weekend by taking 2nd place as a team! Blake Wright took 1st place on both the Parallel Bars and High Bar and finished at 1st place All-Around, while PJ Lenz took 5th place All-Around. Blake and PJ were named to the Regional Team, earning them an invitation to the Region 4 Training Camp in Lincoln, NE this summer. Both boys also qualified for Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL, May 5th-10th! The Level 5 boys from TAGS achieved many personal bests over the weekend, and Brady Hines took 8th place All-Around.

A member of USA Gymnastics, TAGS has over 3,500 students between the Apple Valley and Eden Prairie locations with approximately 250 children participating in the competitive team programs.

Congratulations to all of our athletes on a great year and good luck at Nationals!

TAGS Gymnastics: Making a difference, one cartwheel at a time…

Welcome to the TAGS Gymnastics Blog!  To kick off our first post, we thought we’d share a little bit about the history of TAGS.

Thompson Academy of Gymnastics, now “TAGS”, was started in 1977 by Julia Thompson and Greg Aretz.  They started with just 50 students and a handful of coaches eager to make a difference in the lives of their little gymnasts.  Through hard work, long hours, and dedication to the sport, they grew the program into what it is today – a household name with over 100,000 people who can proudly proclaim, “I went to TAGS!”

We currently have two locations in Minnesota – Apple Valley & Eden Prairie – with over 3,500 students ages 1 to 17 who attend classes each week.  In 2013, Julia & Greg’s children, Tony Aretz & Alex Pesavento, were brought into ownership.  Those two have a combined total of over 45 years of experience at TAGS.  Together, the owners, managers, coaches and office staff are committed to providing quality gymnastics in a safe, fun, positive atmosphere as we have for over 40 years!

Gymnastics is beneficial for each child’s physical and mental development.  TAGS helps children develop coordination, strength and flexibility while learning fun, new skills.  Most students at TAGS enjoy gymnastics lessons 1 to 2 times per week.  Students are evaluated each session to determine appropriate placement within the program. Each child progresses at their own rate, so we monitor their progress and challenge each child with appropriate progressions.

We also have accomplished USAG girls and boys teams that rank in the top in many levels at the State, Regional and National level.  Over 100 TAGS gymnasts have even gone on to compete at the collegiate level with tremendous success!

We strive to make the experience enjoyable for all students, parents and waiting siblings. Complimentary magazines and Wi-Fi are available in the lobby. We also have windows throughout the lobby so you can watch your child in action!

Our staff consists of 80 part-time instructors and 15 fulltime staff members.  Over 25 of our current employees have worked at TAGS for 10+ years, and over half of those have been here more than 20 years!

TAGS Staff has been nationally recognized for being superior educators.  Our experienced, professional staff members stay involved in ongoing education & certification with the TAGS education program and USA Gymnastics, the governing body for gymnastics in the United States. When it comes to our coaches, the learning never stops!

So that’s a bit about TAGS.  Where we started and where we are today.  We will continue to make a difference in the lives of all children who embark on their gymnastics journey at TAGS… One cartwheel at a time.