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 year 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 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’s motto is, “If you really want it, you can do it - I can’t means I do not want to try!”
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. 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 and Xcel Silver for two seasons. She has two gymnast daughters that compete in T&T and 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!
Junior Coach Desislava
Desi is currently a Level 10 J.O. competitive gymnast 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. Desi is a junior in high school and is interested in pursuing a medical career.
Junior Coach Ayanna
Ayanna has been involved in gymnastics since the age of three and is currently a level 6 Trampoline and Tumbling gymnast for Dreams Gymnastics Center as well as a 2017 T&T national qualifier! Coach Ayanna is in seventh grade at Queens Lake Middle School and is in the School of Arts magnet program. She enjoys working with athletes and is excited to coach.
Junior Coach Verena
Verena is a junior at Warhill High School and competes in her favorite sport, swimming. She also enjoys art and plans to become an illustrator. Her past experience and interest with gymnastics has led her to coaching children. She loves helping children develop skills and seeing them smiling and having fun!
Danielle, Office Staff
Danielle is the mother of 2 pre-team gymnasts at Dreams. She is also the Troop leader for both of their Girl Scout troops. Danielle is a nurse by trade but is taking this time to focus on furthering her education as well as raising her girls. She has both CPR and First Aid training. Danielle is new to the gymnastics world, but is eager to learn and is looking forward to this new journey both her and her girls are embarking on!