Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts to Host Open House


Phoenix Gymnastics team members work on the balance beam at Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts. Photo provided

The Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts of Pennsylvania will hold an open house for its gymnastics, dance and circus arts programs as it prepares for fall classes.

The event will take place from 6 to 7 pm on Friday, Aug. 19 at the academy, 118 Hawbaker Industrial Drive, with an interactive opportunity for children to explore the gym and for parents to learn more about its programs, according to a news release.

Phoenix USAIGC team members will perform gymnastics and dance demonstrations and attendees will be able to see and learn about the space where circus arts training is done.

Enrollment for the 2022-23 session is ongoing and parents can register for classes online at www.phoenixacademystatecollege.com.

Phoenix Academy opened its new facility in November 2021, offering instruction for children, teenagers and adults in gymnastics, dance and, for the first time in the region, circus arts.

Finda Reichert, gymnastics program director and head coach, will host the open house. She has been a gymnastics instructor in the Center Region for more than a decade and was the head coach for a champion USA Independent Gymnastics Club team.

“Our facility is a perfect fit for all the different disciplines we are offering,” Reichert said. “For us, our location (close to North Atherton Street and Interstate 99) is great because it’s very central, so families can come from all over central Pennsylvania. We’re here to help anybody that comes in, whatever discipline they’re talking about, whether it’s gymnastics, circus or dance, we want to help them set the goals that they want to accomplish.

“And the biggest thing for me is when they leave this gym for the last time, my goal … is that they walk out stronger and more confident and just ready to take on their next challenge in life.”

Reichert opened the academy with business partner Dmitry Myers, a professional circus arts performer and former competitive gymnast who is professionally trained in ballet. Myers is Phoenix Academy’s creative director and director of the circus arts and dance programs.

For more information, visit www.phoenixacademystatecollege.com.

Dmitry Myers, director of Phoenix Academy’s circus arts and dance programs, coaches a student on an aerial lyra. Photo provided.

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