Northern Twistars Gymnastics recently moved into a new location at the former Plaza Bowling Lanes building in Virginia. The 16,800 square foot building underwent a complete interior demolition to make way for a new gymnastics training facility used by 400 boys,girls and adults.
Twistars is owned and operated by Iron Range natives Gwyn Roos and Lisa Fix, both former Virginia High School gymnasts and coaches. Since 2008 when it was founded with 75 students, Twistars has operated in three other Virginia locations, each of which it outgrew due to increasing demand in the community. Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation provided a Commercial Redevelopment grant which helped pay for the internal demolition and enabled the transformation of the aging bowling facility into a modern gymnasium.
Twistars offers child and adult gymnastics classes, yoga classes, a boys Ninja program, a competitive team program and performance cheerleading. Students range in age from 18 months to 60 years old. In addition, the facility may be rented for kids’ birthday parties.
Northern Twistars is an excellent example of economic partnership among the city of Virginia, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation and private sector business. Gwyn and Lisa developed a business that is meeting an important quality of life demand in Iron Range communities.