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Gym Magic began in 1993 with leased space on Picacho Avenue “with about eight gymnasts,” said
president and founder Nancy Bates, Ph.D.
With a ribbon cutting on July 24, Gym Magic, including Ashley’s Garden preschool, 2341 Entrada del Sol, added The Village Early Childhood Development Center, 601 Española St.
“We were grateful to finally have an open house for The Village and to be able to acknowledge those
that helped us create our vision of celebrating children, their growth and development,” Bates said. “We
hope to bring more fun, more movement and naturally more learning to our early childhood community. We are also opening a new nursery school classroom for 2-year-olds in The Village this fall and are excited to open up our facility to this important age group. The Village also offers a new program to New Mexico, Sweet Peas, an educational gymnastics program for children under 5 years of age which provides more child development information to our parents as we believe it ‘takes a village to raise a child.’”
During the ribbon cutting those honored for their work and support – some with special titles created by Bates – included The Village honorary mayor and mentor Lucy Tamez; honorary financial director Don Panagrossi and the nonprofit Enchantment Land Certified Development Company; honorary treasurer Phil Stevens and Bank 34; honorary construction director Johnny Talley and Noble Construction; honorary comptroller Sandra Graham; and artistic director Frances Gomez, an art teacher who painted The Village’s murals.
“We had such a great crew,” Bates said. “I wanted to have some fun with it and make sure they were
recognized for all their hard work.”
Gym Magic offers gymnastics, swimming, dance and ninja for pre-school and school-age children and taekwondo, along with summer, holiday, dance and gymnastics camps; and monthly Ninja Nights that include an obstacle course (warped wall, lava pits, mat tunnels).
The Village also includes a new educational preschool gymnastics program called Sweet Peas that is “a deeper dive into developmental movement and information,” Bates said, plus pre-K, early pre-K, mixed ages pre-K preschool.