JENNIFER WALK, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Known by most around the gym as Ms. Jen, she was an avid athlete in her youth and lettered in five sports in high school: field hockey, soccer, indoor track, softball and gymnastics. Ms. Jen went on to become a collegiate diver at JMU, using her gymnastics training as a foundation. Once graduating, she pursued a graduate degree from W&M in mental health counseling with a two-year post-grad residency program to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Ms. Jen then put her career on hold to enjoy staying at home as a full-time mom. A few years later, she transitioned back into the working world part-time as a LPC in private practice. Ms. Jen has four children, two girls and two boys. Both girls are competitive gymnasts, trained under Coach Galina and Coach Pavlin their entire “gymnastics career.” Ms. Jen is excited to be back in the gym!
COACH GALINA, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Galina is a former artistic gymnast from Bulgaria where she trained with world renowned coaches and competed alongside Olympians and world champions for over eight years. Being a former Elite gymnast, a gymnastics coach for USAG’s pre competitive levels up to JO Level 10, and a parent of two gymnasts herself has given Coach Galina over 30 years of experience in the sport. Many of her gymnasts have held all around champion meet titles, state champion titles, and have also become regional qualifiers. In addition to coaching, she enjoys sharing her passion for gymnastics by training junior coaches to become the best they can be. Coach Galina designed and directs Dreams' Recreational Program and works tirelessly to also direct the Dreams Competitive Program.
COACH PAVLIN, HEAD COACH
Pavlin was a long time acrobatic athlete and folk dancer in his homeland of Bulgaria. He has over 15 years of experience coaching all levels and events of artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling. Several of Coach Pavlin’s gymnasts have earned all around champion meet titles, state champion titles and have become regional qualifiers. His most recent accomplishment includes sending six gymnasts to the T&T National Championship Meet in Reno, Nevada, and bringing home three gold medalists and one bronze medalist! As Head Coach, Pavlin leads training in a safe, fun, and rewarding environment. He shares his passion for the sport with his gymnasts and modifies his coaching techniques to fit each athlete’s need. Coach Pavlin is most proud being the father of his two greatest accomplishments, Desislava (2001) and Martin (2004).
Irina is a former competitive rhythmic gymnast for 6 years during her childhood. She returned to the gymnastics world in 2015 as a coach and was trained by Galina and Pavlin Yordanov. She holds all of the required USAG qualifications and has coached Xcel Bronze, Xcel Silver and continues to challenge her athletes on Xcel Gold division and beyond. She has two daughters, one of them competes in artistic gymnastics. Coach Irina believes that gymnastics helps children learn about fitness and good health, teamwork, determination, coping with failure and many more useful tools that will be helpful throughout life.
Coach Lauren moved to Virginia in the summer of 2017. Her gymnastics career spanned 15 years while growing up in Colorado, training under husband-wife Russian coaches. She is a former level 9 USAG gymnast. Coach Lauren has three children; two girls whom have begun their gymnastics career at Dreams and one little boy who is a “Future Dreamer.” Her undergraduate degree is in exercise science with a minor in nutrition. Coach Lauren is a Certified Personal Trainer, American Heart Association CPR/AED/First-Aid Certified and is an avid fitness and health enthusiast herself. She believes gymnastics is beneficial to children of all ages because it helps with coordination, flexibility, strength, balance, stability and it instills perseverance, patience, dedication and teamwork!
Coach Hannah began gymnastics at the age of five, competing for three years up to Level 5 in Florida. Utilizing her gymnastics training, she developed an interest in Horse Vaulting and went onto cheerleading at her High School. Coach Hannah has a five year old daughter who has begun gymnastics at Dreams. She believes gymnastics is a great benefit for all children in developing many lifelong skills such as strength, hand-eye coordination and balance. As well as, the meaning of dedication, teamwork and to always never give up.
Mrs. Joanne, Dance instructor
Mrs. Joanne began dancing at the age of 2 in Long Island, NY. She danced for 14 yrs with training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and hip hop. She was a competitive dancer for 7yrs and trained with some of the top professional dancers including Radio City Music Hall’s The Rockettes. She currently works as a Registered Nurse and is American Heart Association CPR/BLS certified. She has one daughter who competes in artistic gymnastics at dreams. She truly believes that ballet training is the basic foundation for all rhythmic and artistic sports. It teaches strengthening posture and grace.
Desi is currently attending Belmont Abbey College on a full Acro and Tumbling Scholarship! She is ultimately interested in pursuing a medical career. Former Level 10 J.O. competitive gymnast as well as two times national medalist T&T competitor for Dreams Gymnastics Center. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the sport and her experiences with young athletes. Coach Desi is a USAG Instructor Member as well as CPR and First Aid certified, currently helping Dreams with social media.
JUNIOR Coach martin
Martin is two times National Trampoline and Tumbling Champion for Dreams. In 2018, he received gold medal on trampoline at Stars and Stripes Championship in Reno Nevada; 2019 he received his second gold on Double Mini Trampoline at Stars and Stripes Championship in West Palm Beach, FL. Martin likes working with younger ones and shares his passion. He is a Warhill High School sophomore, enjoying playing soccer on Legacy travel team as well as JV. Martin likes art, specifically graphic art. In 2019, he received the High school Oscar for his shell drawing.
JUNIOR Coach Stephanie
Stephanie, along with her younger sister, participated in recreational gymnastics beginning at the age of 7 through the age of 13. She reached level four skills before injuring herself and needing to take a step back. In the spring of 2019, her younger sister joined the competitive team here at Dreams. A second younger sister has started in recreational classes at Dreams as well. When her younger sisters joined, Stephanie realized how much she loved and missed gymnastics and decided to pursue coaching. She has few years of experience with gymnastics, babysitting and loves working with young children. Working as a recreational gymnastics coach is a perfect fit! She loves to watch the kids excitement as they learn new skills. Stephanie is Homeschooled and is currently a sophomore. She loves music, sings in her church choir, and plays the piano.
JUNIOR COACH JORDAN
Jordan is a current Xcel Gold gymnast for Dreams Gymnastics Center. She is a USAG Instructor Member and enjoys watching the younger ones smile and have fun! Jordan is a sophomore at West Point High School and loves to learn about Greek Mythology.
SHARONDA, ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT
Sharonda holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting & Finance as well as a master's degree in Accounting. She meticulously handles Dreams’ monthly bookkeeping process and has been a wonderful asset to the gym’s office. She is also currently studying to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Sharonda plans to introduce her daughters soon to the fun and exciting sport of gymnastics!