All ATB staff is concussion certified and background checked!

  • Alex Gili Alex Gili
    Alex Gili

    Alex Gili

    Alex Gili is our proud Ninja Master who started working here in 2016! He is our number one instructor for our Ninja program and continues to come up with unique American Ninja Warrior- style obstacle courses. Alex is 19 years old and has been tricking professionally for 5 years. You can see him downtown at the Q performing as a member of the acrobatic freestyle ducking team, The C-Town Throwdown, for the Cleveland Cavaliers! When Alex is not working or tricking, he plays drums in a band called Floasia and enjoys longboarding with his friends! Alex's passion for the sport shows through in his classes where he continues to teach others how to master the art of flipping and tricking!

  • Alyssa Hrobat Alyssa Hrobat
    Alyssa Hrobat

    Alyssa Hrobat

    Alyssa has been a recreational gymnastics coach at Above the Barre since 2014. She teaches recreational classes, preschool classes and also helps with birthday parties. She started gymnastics when she was 3 years old and continued until she graduated high school. Alyssa competed for Above the Barre and was also a member of the Magnificat High School gymnastics team receiving her varsity letter all four years. Alyssa now attends the University of Dayton and coaches for ATB in the summers and on her breaks. If you asked Alyssa what her favorite part of coaching is, she would tell you that it is seeing the kids achieve their goals after all of their hard work. Seeing their faces light up with confidence after completing a difficult skill is the best feeling. During Alyssa's spare time, she loves to work out, spend time with family and friends and travel.

  • Anthony Covatta Anthony Covatta
    Anthony Covatta

    Anthony Covatta

    After attending our Adult Open Gym for years where he has found such joy, Coach Anthony joined the family at ATB in the beginning of our 2016/2017 Season, and he has been a great addition. Anthony first started in gymnastics after he watched the 1992 Olympic Games and fell in love with the sport. He has trained in Tumbling and Trampolines at Stanford Foster Academy of Gymnatics in Wickliffe, OH; being the youngest Advanced Gymnasts in his training group. Anthony knows how much it means to all of our students here to get their skills down; being able to facilitate self pride and contribute to future gymnasts. Here at Above the Barre is where Anthony found solace as a teenager and has remained that ever since. “ATB has been a special place to me, and always will be. I’ve just finally become a real part of it and that makes me very happy”. Not only does Anthony have the skills in Gymnastics, but he has also accomplished being a Singer/Songwriter with his music available on iTunes and an Award Winning Actor for his performance as Tom Collins in the Musical Rent.

  • Brittany Garfalo Brittany Garfalo
    Brittany Garfalo

    Brittany Garfalo

    Brittney started working at with us in October 2016, but started training personal goals here in the adult open gym in 2014. Since childhood, she has always had a huge passion for gymnastics and was naturally talented, copying videos and televised gymnastics meets until she started tumbling classes. Brittney has been a preschool teacher for over six years, so when the opportunity to coach the sport she loves came up, she couldn't say no! Above The Barre is very special to her from the very start because its a family environment that feels like home. "The support of the coaches and staff with families and students, is undoubtedly the best part of ATB" When Brittney is not coaching, she loves to spend all her time with her daughter and boyfriend. She is studying to one day become a physical therapist.

  • Chyann Berendsen Chyann Berendsen
    Chyann Berendsen

    Chyann Berendsen

    Bio coming soon!

  • Courtny Hermman Courtny Hermman
    Courtny Hermman

    Courtny Hermman

    Our Gymnastics Rec Manger, Courtny grew up with Gymnastics being her focus since she was 5 years old right here in Northeast Ohio. She trained all the way up to Level 8 and has since been coaching since 2003 and joined the Above the Barre family in 2008 teaching Super Star and Rising Star Gymnastics, Pre-Team, USAG Level 2 and Competitive AAU. Courtney is USAG, CPR, Concussion Safety Certified and completed a Positive Coaching course. The best part of coaching for Courtney is working with kids and seeing them come in every week excited to practice, “their little smiles brighten up my day!” When she has free time, Courtney loves to bake, and is pretty good at it.

  • Danielle Stewart Danielle Stewart
    Danielle Stewart

    Danielle Stewart

    Coming Soon!

  • James Morell James Morell
    James Morell

    James Morell

    James Morell has been a part of the Above the Barre family for more than fifteen years. His parents enrolled him into gymnastics when he was four years old and stuck with the sport until he was seventeen. He competed men’s gymnastics on all six of the men’s events. He was a state champion on multiple events several times; he qualified for the regional competitions and even placed at those regional competitions. After he stopped competing, he became a part time coach for the boy’s classes and team which he successfully still coaches now. James coach’s boys (ages 4-12) on how to follow directions, work well with others and how to perform gymnastics skills.
    James is currently a junior in college and studies at the University of Mount Union majoring in Early Childhood Education with a certification to also teach 4th and 5th grade. His experience coaching for several years helped him realize that teaching is something he is very passionate about. When James is home he continues to work part time at ATB for the love of the sport and the family atmosphere.

    James is currently a junior in college and studies at the University of Mount Union majoring in Early Childhood Education with a certification to also teach 4th and 5th grade. His experience coaching for several years helped him realize that teaching is something he is very passionate about. When James is home he continues to work part time at ATB for the love of the sport and the family atmosphere.

  • Janet Stoops Janet Stoops
    Janet Stoops

    Janet Stoops

    Coming Soon!

  • Jeff Vacha Jeff Vacha
    Jeff Vacha

    Jeff Vacha

    Jeff has spent over 30 years in this building and has been a coach here since 2008. He was a college gymnast at the University of Illinois in Chicago and has been coaching since 1997. Jeff loves this sport and everything it does for children’s strength, confidence and most importantly, having fun. He is USAG Safety Certified and is actually a registered professional disc golfer. In his free time, he loves to snowboard and throw Frisbees.

  • Jenna Hitti Jenna Hitti
    Jenna Hitti

    Jenna Hitti

    Jenna Hitti is a returning familiar face. She started her gymnastics career late, at the age of 9 and ended her gymnastics career with ATB winning the 2009 USAG Level 9 National title in the Uneven Bars event. She has since taken her love for gymnastics & dance and broadened her scope of experiences. She spent 3 years as a Professional Dancer with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. In her Cavalier Girl years she was simultaneously part of the creation of the organization's first acrobatic freestyle dunking team, the C-Town Throwdowns. At the age of 27 you can still catch her at the Q flying through the air, entertaining the Land of Champions & doing what she loves. Jenna began coaching ATB tumbling & pre-school classes in 2008. She also spent 3 years with the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) instructing summer camps & studying professional coaching methods. She currently coaches for the Cavs with their Jr. C-Town Throwdowns team. Jenna is an excellent example of where these wonderful activities can take you & how they can enrich an individuals life. She states "Gymnastics made me who I am. Taught me resilience, courage & grace. Any opportunity I get to share that with others is beautiful."

  • Jessica Heyduk Jessica Heyduk
    Jessica Heyduk

    Jessica Heyduk

    Jessica has been with Above the Barre since 2012 coaching all levels of Gymnastics; from Parent and Child Classes to USAG Xcel Silver/Gold. Jessica started her athletic career as a dancer. She trained in ballet and tap from the age of 3 to 7. After moving to the Florida Keys and trying soccer, cheerleading and softball, she found a small gym with just a few members and fell in love with Gymnastics. After a year, she returned to Ohio and began competing USAG Level 4 and continued all the way up to Level 9 and even trained to Level 10! Even after enduring a broken foot, she returned to competitive Gymnastics in High School and was an important member of the Olmsted Falls Varsity Team for all 4 years. She attended many camps were she got to work side by side with Olympic coaches and gymnasts; with her fondest memory being a week of private lessons with Svetiana Boguinskaia, (3 time Olympic Champion). “Svetlana gave me everything I needed to become a State Floor Champion.” After her many accomplishments as a competitive gymnast, Jessica graduated from High School and started her degree in Sports Medicine. Jessica is a USAG professional member, AAU, USAG safety, risk management, concussion, and first response certified. Here at ATB, Jessica enjoys hosting Birthday Parties, field trips, and troop outings. Her goal is “for every child I teach, I want them to be the best they can in every aspect of their lives all while having fun! I want them to always believe in the power within and to never quit.” When Jessica is not busy with her student’s, she loves spending time with her husband and two boys.

  • Joanne Fornaro Joanne Fornaro
    Joanne Fornaro

    Joanne Fornaro

    Joanne has been coaching Gymnastics for over 28 years and hold a degree in Sports Medicine and Dance. During this time, she has coached to local, State, Regional and National titles in AAU and USAG sanctioned competitions in levels 3 – 10 in both team and individual events. Joanne has also produced several National TOP’s team members. In addition to private club, she has also coached high school gymnastics and produced State qualify teams and individuals as well as conference champions. Joanne has earned numerous coaching awards including, “Medina Country Coach of the Year” and “Pioneer Conference Coach of the Year.” She is a professional member of USA Gymnastics, Amateur Athletic Union and holds a number of coaching and judging certifications through USAG University. Joanne is also USAG Safety, CPR and AED certified. She is happily married with three children that also train here at Above the Barre in the Dance and Gymnastics programs. Her passion is right here at ATB working with our awesome coaching staff and training her students to become wonderful athletes.

  • Joe Zitriki Joe Zitriki
    Joe Zitriki

    Joe Zitriki

    Joe is currently a student at Cleveland State University working towards becoming a Physical Therapist. He earned his Black Belt in karate at age 15 and later started parkour and tricking. He soon became a tumbling coach and has continued ever since 2010. Since then he has added break dancing, martial arts weapons training (such as double nunchucks, bo staff, rope dart), popping/animation, and capoeira to his list of skills. He has participated in competitive cheerleading and has also cheered for CSU. He has coached at Camp Woodward with world famous athlete Kie Willis as well as Ohio Cheer Explosion, Tracy’s Karate Studio, Caliber Dance Company and Steel City Parkour. Joe is a former Pararescue Candidate in the U.S. Air Force Special Operations, and is also a certified Personal training by the American Council on Exercise. Joe is exceptionally well rounded and is willing to help anyone achieve their goals no matter what they might be.

  • Kim Bonghyun Kim Bonghyun
    Kim Bonghyun

    Kim Bonghyun

    Kim Bonghyun has accomplished more than most throughout his lifetime in the sport. He competed in the 1996 Olympic games, and the 1995 & 1997 World Championship. Kim participated in the 2005 & 2006 World Championships as a Korean National Team Coach. 2014 Level 10 National Championship AA Champion Olivia Karas bar specialist and produced many State and Regional champions since 2010. Kim developed his talent further by achieving a PH.D of Sports and Leisure Studies in Yonsei University in Korea 2008. He has a Masters degree of Science in Physical Education in KNSU (Major: Sport Marketing) and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in KSU (Major: Physical Education)( 1994.3-1998.2). We are very proud to have him in our program since May 2016. Kim works both with our boys and girls program while training our staff to further their knowledge in the sport. His passion for gymnastics continues to show in his coaching and his love for watching his gymnasts succeed. Kim has three children that take classes here and in his spare time he is always with his family!

  • Mallory Morell Mallory Morell
    Mallory Morell

    Mallory Morell

    Mallory was put in gymnastics at the age of 3 and spent her whole career at Thome- Ohio Gymnastics which turned into Above The Barre. At eleven years old she was the 2009 Level 8 All- Around State Champion. Mallory has also been a regional qualifier and attended several regional competitions. As a gymnast she attended many regional camps and have worked with the best coaches in our area. She ended her gymnastics career as a level 9 gymnast training level 10 and has been coaching at Above The Barre for four years. Here she coaches children from ages two to thirteen. Mallory loves having the opportunity to share her passion for gymnastics with her students and helping them achieve their goals. She is currently a freshman at Ohio University, majoring in nursing. Every time she is on break from school she is in the gym coaching and cannot wait to be back!

  • McKayla Chapman McKayla Chapman
    McKayla Chapman

    McKayla Chapman

    Bio coming soon!

  • Meghan Riley Meghan Riley
    Meghan Riley

    Meghan Riley

    Coach Meghan started here at ATB in June 2016; however, she started training at Above the Barre in 2015, as well as training 13 years prior. She was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 3 when her parents signed her up for a class. Meghan grew a passion for gymnastics and was a part of the Magnificat High School Gymnastics Team all 4 years. All of Meghans training brought her to ATB where she “improved on every event including front handspring front tucks, clear hips and especially bars”. Since she is not competing anymore, her love of teaching has only grown. Coach Meghan loves teaching and helping kids accomplish the goals they want to reach as well as having fun. “ATB is so special because everyone wants the best for all the students and wants them to succeed”. Meghan is currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in Healthcare.

  • Morgan Dwulat Morgan Dwulat
    Morgan Dwulat

    Morgan Dwulat

    Coach Morgan first join the ATB Family in August of 2015. Her love for Gymnastics started at the age of 3 when her parents signed her sister and her up for a pre-school gymnastics class. She stayed with the sport, training all the way up to Optional Level and cheerleading; tumbling being her favorite area. “I enjoy teaching because I love to see kids advance in a sport they are passionate about. It’s great to see them get so excited over a new skill. Our students are always so determined to get better and better themselves”, says Coach Morgan. Currently, she is finishing her second year of college at Tri-C and soon transferring to Cleveland State to finish her bachelors in Forensic Criminology. Fun fact, Morgan is a triplet and loves run, shop, and hang out with her friends.

  • Nate Geffert Nate Geffert
    Nate Geffert

    Nate Geffert

    Nate has been coaching gymnastics for over 17 years. During this time he has coached both private club and high school teams, coaching to State and Regional titles in both team and individual events. Nate joined the ATB family in 2012 and has coached men’s and women’s gymnastics at levels 3-9 as well as Xcel and recreational classes. He is a professional member of USA Gymnastics and holds a number of coaching certificates through USAG University including Safety and Risk Management and Junior Olympic Development Coach Certification. His passion is helping students to not only become better gymnasts, but also become better all-around people. Nate is married and has a 2 year old daughter who loves spending time at the gym as much as her daddy.

  • Nicole Hill Nicole Hill
    Nicole Hill

    Nicole Hill

    Nicole has taken over several different rolls while working at Above The Barre for 9 years. She is currently the Assistant Teams and Marketing Manager who head coaches our Level 2 gymnastics team. Her passion for the sport continues through her team’s high achievements every year competing at the state level. Nicole graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, majoring in Public Relations and Business Management. Managing both staff and athletes have put her skills learned in college to great use. Along with her years of experience, Nicole is a USAG professional member, safety, risk management, and concussion certified along with attending annual educational training at the state, regional, & national level. Not only has she been coaching for 9 years but she also was a gymnast for 13 years competing for both club and high school gymnastics. Nicole has a background in dance and cheerleading and enjoys being active with her dog while continuing her love for gymnastics and children.

  • Sam Caspio Sam Caspio
    Sam Caspio

    Sam Caspio

    Coming Soon!

  • Samantha Sanson Samantha Sanson
    Samantha Sanson

    Samantha Sanson

    Coach Samantha has been with us since 2016 and we are so happy to have her. She started gymnastics at a very young age, all the way up high school; even coached gymnastics while in high school. Samantha trained all the way up to Level 7 before using her talents in other sports. Reason why Samantha loves coaching and ATB so much, “because it's so great to see the kids faces when they learn a new skill; and just being able to provide a class where they can be with their friends and have fun is an awesome thing.” Samantha is enjoying watching our gymnastics program continue to grow as are we.

  • Tessa Wieneke Tessa Wieneke
    Tessa Wieneke

    Tessa Wieneke

    Bio coming soon!

  • Thomas Stoops Thomas Stoops
    Thomas Stoops

    Thomas Stoops

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Now with Two Locations!

1087 Berea Industrial Parkway in Berea

1450 West Bagley Road in Berea

Telephone: 440-625-0000

Email Us:
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Office Hours:

1087 Berea Industrial Parkway:
Monday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
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Friday: 9:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 1:00pm

1450 West Bagley
Monday: 10:00am - 12:30pm; 3:30pm - 8:00pm
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