Stormy’s Gymnastics has come full circle. After several years providing youth fitness programs at different locations in Cortez, owners Rayna Hale and Randy Quilling have brought their youth gymnastics program back to the Main Street location where they initially put down stakes.
The studio also will continue to host Legacy Dance, at 20 W. Main St., where co-owners Nolan and Cassidy King will lease space from Hale and Quilling. Both companies will be using the space, with gymnastics programs taking to the floor during the week and dance lessons available in the evenings and on the weekend.
For Stormy’s Gymnastics, moving back to the Main Street studio space seemed like a natural fit.
“Randy had been running gymnastics programs out of this facility about five years ago,” said Hale, “and in the process of this transition from our location on Empire Street, I was given the opportunity to manage this building.”
Hale jumped at the chance to take on an inviting space, while also allowing Legacy Dance to share the studio to keep their dance lesson itinerary.
“One of the best things about the transition,” said Hale, “is that we’re able to bring a kid-oriented business to Main Street.”
In spite of the change of locale, Hale expects that the number and variety of classes offered by Stormy’s Gymnastics will grow. “We currently have six instructors and about 150 kids, including several preschool classes during the day,” said Hale. She added how the programs work with an array of ages and experience levels, all the way up through high school and beyond.
Hale and Quilling, who bring a combined 60-plus years of instructing experience, are excited for the next chapter in their evolving space. “It’s been fun to find a space where kids get to do all the things that their parents tell them not to,” Hale said.
Nolan King, who is an instructor at Legacy Dance, added his excitement for the new arrangement. “We have such a great building,” said King, “and we’re looking forward to seeing it used to its fullest.”
While all class times and lesson availability will remain largely unchanged for Legacy Dance, their lessons will operate on the upper level of the facility, while the gymnastics classes cover the main floor. Then, on weekends, the gymnastics equipment will be put aside for dancing.
With the transition completed, both Stormy’s Gymnastics and Legacy Dance are excited to restart their classes. According to King, that continuity is important for continued growth.
“We keep seeing our numbers continue to increase,” said King, “and that’s exciting for both Stormy’s Gymnastics and Legacy Dance.”
Likewise, Hale and King see the shared studio as a chance to continue to cross-promote growth in the gymnastic and dance communities in the Four Corners.
“Each of our businesses is built on our passion for having these types of classes,” said Hale. “We’re each providing a service that’s valuable to our community.”