Dance For Gymnastics | Clinics & Classes
"The truth is, we can literally dance our way to a higher score."
Dance For Gymnastics Classes
How can dance improve our gymnastics? By reinforcing the techniques of every single leap, jump and turn that a gymnast will ever do, which all have their foundation in Ballet! As I travel, one of the things I hear most often when talking to coaches and parents, is how hard it is to find a dance teacher that understands how to teach dance for gymnastics, so that dance isn't just a fun class, but something that is actually improving their gymnastics. With that in mind I created this subscription dance class, because as my own career proved, we literally can dance our way to a higher score!
Dance For Gymnastics Clinics
Combining my experiences of being an Olympic gymnast and a National Team Coach has been a true blessing, as I now get to share life lessons and tools through all of our DFG | Dance For Gymnastics clinics to a new generation of athletes. Clinics are typically 3.5 hour dance and artistry clinics focused on movement, presentation, elongation, performance, character, mindset, strength & conditioning.
Hi there! My name is Betty Okino, and if we haven't yet met, I am an Olympic Medalist, a former professional dancer and currently a part of the US National Staff, working with our Olympic athletes on dance and artistry.
For me, gymnastics was a gateway to becoming the person that I AM today, it was a vehicle for delivering lessons about perseverance, integrity, work ethic, visioning, flexibility, artistry, confidence, patience and focus.
It's those lessons that I work to include in every clinic, dance class or choreography session that we do, for the Truth is, as we work to improve ourselves, we end up improving the world. As you may have figured out by now...it's so much more than gymnastics.
Betty brings a unique blend of technical expertise, compassion, inspiration, and energy to her work. We have worked with Betty for the last 7 years for Choreography & Dance Clinics. Rather than providing fleeting excitement like most clinicians, Betty ensures that athletes and the coaches leave each Clinic with the tools and motivation to foster future success. Betty Okino and her Dance For Gymnastics Program will be main fixtures in our program for years to come!”
Lara & Arsen Minasyan
(Women’s Program Directors @ Gymnastics Olympica, USA)
I am so grateful to Betty for choreographing Jade's Olympic gold medal routine. More importantly I am thankful for her style of coaching by instilling confidence in the athlete with respect and making it fun. It has been an honor to coach with her at national team elite developmental camps. She has a unique ability to bring out the strengths of the individual athlete and help them shine in their performances.
(Coach of Olympic Gold Medalist Jade Carey)