Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Local gymnastics studio is a big hit with the kids


September 5, 2019

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A class at Catch and Release Tumble and Cheer Club performs bridges to stretch their backs and gain flexibility.

It has been four months since Deb Briske and Todd Bradford opened the Catch and Release Tumble and Cheer Club in Moose Lake, and they have been very gratified to see their business explode with kids.

"We just hit 70 kids in the program," said Briske in a recent interview. "We started this as a place for kids to go. It is a good activity for kids and a good asset for a small town."

They bought a building at 409 Arrowhead Lane, across from O'Reilly Auto Parts, and brought in equipment for the activities. And parents from all over the area are bringing their kids to the new studio.

Children as young as 10 months to two years old can come to the studio with their parents to be taught about the equipment and have fun exploring the classes, Briske explained.

"There are pre-school classes for three and four-year olds," she added. "We work on large motor skills and small motor skills. We set up a pre-school obstacle course and get them to go through the motions. They play games, do a couple of dances, and do stretching."

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes are also available. Students learn at the appropriate level and advance when they are ready, Briske explained.

The boys-only class is challenging.

"It gets a little wild sometimes," said Briske. "We work on large motor skills and small motor skills. They do cartwheels, handsprings and learn body control. That's really good for flexibility for other sports, like hockey and wrestling."

A competitive cheer team has just started. It will continue into the spring.

"They will need a year to perform and get used to the crowd," said Briske. "They learn tumbling, stunting, and dance. The girls have a lot of fun. They get to name the team and pick the team colors. "They get to start from the ground up. The team consists of six girls, ages 8 to 11 years old. It's pretty fun."

"A younger team, ages 4 to 7, can get involved in a recreational cheer team," said Briske. "They can perform with the competitive team."

Briske used to have a studio in Alexandria before she moved to the area. She is very experienced in working with kids.

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The Twisterz cheer team stunters show off the skills they're learning.

"I have been coaching high school cheerleading for 12 years," she said. "For kids, gymnastics and cheerleading are good self-esteem builders. Gymnastics is tough. The kids have their feet in the air more than they do for other sports. They take a lot of hits. But it gives kids a sense of belonging. There isn't any pressure here. They never want to leave."

Catch and Release Tumble and Cheer still has spots open for more kids, ages 10 months to 18 years old. Classes are also beginning through Barnum Community Education.

"If your kids are upside down, give us a call," said Briske. "We have gymnastics and cheerleading spots open. We are a month-to-month program, not a six-to-eight-week program. The kids can come and go and pick up where they left off."

Brike said that she is fully certified through USA Gymnastics, USA Cheer, and the National High School League. Both she and Bradford are also trained in CPR.

Call Deb Briske at 218-409-1649 for more information.


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