Alicia Reiners, Author at Wings Gymnastics

Meet The Staff

 We are going to spend the next few blog posts introducing you to our staff here at Wings. I will start by introducing myself and my family.

My name is Alicia Reiners and I own Wings Gymnastics Academy and Wings-West. I grew up all over the midwest but I claim Mankato, MN as my hometown. I moved to Sioux Falls my senior year of High School and attended USD for college. I graduated with a Degree in Electronic Media and Television Production. I met my husband Matt at USD. Matt works for Raven and is my Mr. Fix it at the gym. We have been married 19 years and have 5 kids . Austin (18), Wyatt (16), Izzy (14), Harper (7), AND Chase (5). They all attend Harrisburg schools.  We also have a black lab puppy named Luna.
I LOVE gymnastics. I was a multi-sport athlete my whole life. It is one of the reason’s I have such a passion for High School Gymnastics. I played soccer, and was a diver for our swim team in the fall, a gymnast in the winter, and pole vaulter and sprinter for our track team in the spring.  I trained all of those sports in the summer. Gymnastics was always my favorite and came the easiest to me.
I coached on and of all throughout high school and college but have been coaching consistently for 18 years.
 I coached at Siouxland Gymnastics and the “Superstar Tumble Bus” in Sioux City when Matt and I were first married, and I was staying home with my kids.
We moved to Omaha, NE and I was blessed to work for an amazing gym, Metro Stars Gymnastics, that was new and growing quickly. I was able to help build that program, and started a tumble bus program for them. 
In Oct 2010 we had the opportunity to move back to Sioux Falls. With that was my decision to start my own gym, and I opened Wings in August of 2011. Wings started in a 1500 sq foot strip mall in 2011. Ten years later, we own our own building, and are adding a second location in Lake Lorraine! 
Although I mostly deal with the  day to day operations at this point in time you will see me sneak into the gym to coach different groups.I love coaching every age but I really enjoy coaching middle school and high school ages. This has me coaching with Harrisburg High School as their assistant coach this year.  I really believe in the positive impact a coach has on a young adult, and I take that very seriously. 
My three oldest kids also work at Wings and my younger two think they do.   Austin has been coaching for 6 years and coaches in our Lil’ Wings Program. He has a gift for working with the littles and no matter how hard we try we can’t pry him from the little gym. Austin plays Varsity Hockey and loves to Weld. He hopes to own his own welding business someday.
 Wyatt works in our Camp/Care & Events Department. He LOVES to joke around and play which makes him a blast to have as a teacher in these areas. You are likely to catch him right in the middle of any game our kids are playing. In his free time Wyatt plays hockey. He is also a great singer and is involved in multiple choirs at school.   Izzy has been in gymnastics all of her 14 years. She is currently competing as a level 9 on our Competitive team.  She  been coaching for 2 years. She coaches in our Advanced and Team Program when she is not working out herself! In her free time Izzy like to sing, play the piano and guitar, and draw.
 Harper competes for our Xcel Gold Competitive team. You will also find Harper “working” in the little gym. She is our go to when we have a new kiddo that is shy and nervous about going in the gym. Harper will help them by being their buddy, and helping them with class until they are comfortable. Chase is our resident crazy man. You will find him bouncing all over the gym at night. He likes to think of himself as a team coach as is usually found “helping” the team kids get motivated.

We Are Hiring- Xcel Team Coach

Wings is adding to our team program. We are hiring for an Xcel Team Coach, (bronze, silver, gold & platinum levels) who is energetic and has a passion for working with children.  Building trust is an essential part of every coach hired at Wings Gymnastics and is vital to the overall growth and success of each gymnast.

We are looking for someone with at least 2-3 years of competitive team coaching experience.  Our Xcel Team program is fun and proven to be consistently rewarding year after year. 

At Wings Gymnastics we have 6 Core Values we look for in every employee. They are:


Servant Leadership

Confidence with Humility 

Positive Teaching 

Contagious Enthusiasm

Respect and Accountability 

Safety Mindset


The right candidate exemplifies these qualities and is a team player.    

Pay will be based on experience. Wings offers different benefits based on position.

SD is great place to live, thrive and raise a family.  Sioux Falls continues to rank as one of the top ten best places to live and work.

Please complete the following application.  Click to apply

Cartwheels Are Fun

What is a cartwheel? 

A cartwheel is a basic skill in gymnastics that every young gymnast dreams of having! The gymnast will start in a stance with one leg in front and one leg behind them, this stance is called a “lunge”.  From there they turn their hands sideways and kick their feet over their head to the other side of their body. The gymnast then lands back in their “lunge” shape that they began in. One caveat, the lunge they end in will have their opposite foot in front than the lunge they started in. 

How do we work cartwheels in class? 

In a beginner class we focus on drilling the portions of the cartwheel in addition to the cartwheel as a whole. We will take the lunge shape we mentioned earlier and make sure the gymnast has a strong lunge stance to help support the cartwheel. We focus on the upside down portion of the cartwheel to make sure the gymnast has strong arms and bellies so they don’t crumble onto their head or fall over when attempting the cartwheel. The cartwheel can be a difficult skill to master and can vary from each child. Some children pick up on the cartwheel after a few times of trying while others will work on this skill for months before achieving a cartwheel. The cartwheel is a basic gymnastics skill that does transition into “big” tumbling skills later on such as round-offs and aerials, which is why we want to make sure each gymnasts achieve a solid cartwheel from the beginning. 

Written by Courtney Promes, Youth Class Dept. Leader

Wings Gymnastics

High Five For Summer Camp 2021

Here’s a High Five on this years summer camp.

FUN –  Be prepared for daily excitement, fun activities, water activities, gym time, outdoor games, interesting crafts, fabulous educational speaker, and SO much more. The whole driven purpose of Wings Summer Camp is to have pure, simple fun every single day! The laughter factor of Summer Camp is a great way of emoting fun; laughter happens not only every day, but all day! Kids are allowed to be kids and they are required to enjoy the excitement of just being a kid, without any worries in the world while they are here!

FRIENDS – Whether coming to Wings Summer Camp by yourself, or with a small group of friends, it will nearly impossible to escape making new friends each week. Interaction with other kids is a necessity when it comes to gym time, games/activities, and play time! Feeling loved, and giving love, (which is also known as friendship) is an important part of emotional and social growth. Wings Summer Camp will insure that this growth will flourish and mature!

FAMILY –  Here at Wings, every person of every age, is family. Once you walk through the doors, you will always be treated as member of our family! Each child at Wings Summer Camp, quickly become welcomed into the ‘family’ and are always treated as such, and always will be. Each staff member, and child, cares, respects, has compassion, and loves each other as a close member of their own family.

FRIENDLY –  Everyone at Wings summer camp, from the director to the workers and everyone in between, are extremely friendly. Always willing to greet you, and your child, with a big smile, a hug, lots of excitement, enthusiasm, and energy is just a small part of the friendliness that your child will experience from the staff! All of the staff have a true, genuine passion for children and they love interacting with them every single day. Your child will leave feeling happy and eagerly anticipate returning the next day!

FABULOUS – With weekly themes that focus on things like the circus, zoo, cooking, nature, outer space, holidays, myth busters, superheroes, water world, fun/fitness, and Spy weeks, how can Wings Summer Camp NOT be fabulous?!  Special guest speakers each week that will have your child laughing, learning, questioning, and being active, are adding the fun of each week!  Just a few of the weekly guest speakers are Mr Twister, who will make ballon animals and have your child doing some circus activities and even making ballon animals. SD Outdoor Campus will allow your child to practice casting a fishing rod, hunting and fishing safety tips, and much much more. The Great Plains ZooMobile will have some animals for your child to safely touch, see, and experience first hand. The SF Police Department will have a special surprise of letting your child sit in a police car and see a trained police dog! 

Don’t miss out on the chance for your child to experience a fun, friendly, and fabulous Wings Summer Camp while feeling like family and building new friendships! 

Written by Jesse Rounds, Camp/Care Dept. Leader

Wings Gymnastics

Wings is hiring- Xcel Team Coach

We have a fun, dynamic environment and looking for the right person to join our team.

We are adding on to our team and hiring for a full time Xcel Team Coach, (bronze, silver, gold & platinum levels) who is energetic and has a passion for working with children. Building trust is an essential part of every coach hired at Wings Gymnastics and is vital to the overall growth and success of each gymnast.

We are looking for someone with at least 2-3 years of competitive team coaching experience.  Our Xcel Team program is fun and proven to be consistently rewarding year after year. 

At Wings Gymnastics we have 6 Core Values we look for in every employee. They are:

Servant Leadership

Confidence with Humility 

Positive Teaching 

Contagious Enthusiasm

Respect and Accountability 

Safety Mindset


The right candidate exemplifies these qualities and is a team player.    

Pay will be based on experience. At Wings, we offer health insurance, 401k, and other benefits. 

Please complete the following application.

SD is great place to live, thrive and raise a family.  Sioux Falls continues to rank as one of the top ten best places to live and work.

When Should My Child Start Gymnastics?

The sooner the better! Not because you need to start young to be an amazing gymnast. Only because gymnastics is an amazing sport for the body and for your brain too!  The reason gymnastics is such a great sport is because it is a motor-sensory sport. The sport helps develop not only great motor skills that can follow your child into every sport they play, but it also helps the brain develop!


Sensory motor skills (also known as sensorimotor skills) are those we use to take in information about the world through our senses and to develop our body’s movement, or motor, response to that information (if we need to jump out of the way of a speeding tricycle that we see headed our way, for instance). We take in information about the world through our systems of vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance and spatial orientation (called the vestibular system), and proprioception (position, motion, and equilibrium).


The younger kids are able to begin in a sport like gymnastics the better their motor sensory skills will be! At Wings kids can start class as soon as they are walking.

Written by Alicia Reiners, Wings Gymnastics



Topic: Sensory Motor Skills

Oh Yes She Did!

 When Coach Teske talks, ears peak up to listen! In fact, most everyone wants to hear what she has to say. Generally, it will be one of four things; constructive criticism, words of encouragement, singing songs of praise or simply yelling “atta-girl” from across the gym!!!  Yes, Coach Teske provides all the right stuff that everyone wants to hear. On top of her personable skills, she is a phenomenal coach with an over arching ability to build trust with every gymnast she encounters. Her level of commitment goes above and beyond perfecting skills and drills, and right to becoming a better person from the inside out. Coach Teske recognizes all the moments as they happen that help build and shape an individuals character.

With that, I introduce you to the Gymnast(s) of the Meet, Watertown Sweetheart Spectacular February 19-21, 2021!



Jayde Kludt

  • She did an amazing job being brave enough to be the first routine on floor of the whole meet weekend! Along with not having her other silver mates along side her. Jayde was very supportive of the other girls in her rotation and really showed what a great teammate she is!


Khloe Johnsen

  • She came to Watertown ready to take care of business! Khloe did her first round off back handspring by herself at this meet without even a hesitation!! She killed it on absolutely everything. Great work Khloe!



Allie Myhre

  • Allie did a stellar job at the Watertown meet! Even though it wasn’t her best meet of the year she held it together for her team and was super supportive as well! She showed a great example of how to work hard the entire time!



Izzy Reiners

  • For flipping her first vault in competition! She had a rough time at warm-ups and even though she was struggling she didn’t let it get her down ONE BIT! She killed it in competition and stuck her first vault! She did such a great job!


Way to go girls, Coach Teske is so proud of you!!!

Daniel McCarty Hosts Skills Clinics

Skills Classes and Clinics provide a focused training in one or more areas of gymnastics. Skills Classes and Clinics offer gymnasts the opportunity to work on fundamentals, perfect current skills and learn new ones. 

Daniel McCarty, clinician with Gym Progressions travels around the globe working with athletes and coaches, in an attempt to help each achieve their best. 

Upcoming Skills Clinics with Coach Daniel McCarty 


February 17

Upper Level Vault Clinic: 2/17 @ 4:00-5:30

Let’s get flipping!! The vault clinic we have all been waiting for! Learn from the best and discuss drills and techniques to take your upper level vault to the next level. We will be covering the importance of the entry to the Yurchenko and Tsuk vault, helping to pin point and fix minor mistakes that can make a major difference in your vault! We will also be covering flipping and twisting techniques for these advanced vaults to help you better your consistency and performance of this vault. Open to JO Optional levels 6-10!

Upper Level Release Clinic (highs to lows & same bar): 2/17 @ 5:30-7:00

It is what it says it is! We will be hosting more specific bar clinics this go around! Work with Coach Dan on your upper level releases! From toe shoots, paks, overshoots, to tkatchevs and jaegers! If you’re an optional level gymnast you won’t want to miss this! We will be talking progressions to connections of releases! Open to JO Optional Levels 6-10!

Upper Level Floor Setting Clinic: 2/17 @ 7:00-8:30 

The set! It’s what turns the back tuck into the double tuck! Learn some ways to improve your forward & backwards set when tumbling on floor! This is great for any gymnast that is already able to do a salto on the floor! Highly suggested for gymnasts currently flipping or learning to flip layouts, and fulls, forward & backward! Open to Xcel levels Gold & Platinum, and JO Optional levels 6-10.


February 20

Back hip circle & Undershoot clinic: 2/20 @ 2:30-3:30

Master the skill that leads to so many different advanced skills on bars! Learning and being able to complete a clean and tight straight arm back hip circle undershoot is essential to the entire world of bars. Spend some time learning the shape and control needed to perfect this oh so important skill! If you have a goal to get better at bars or simply love it, you wont want to miss this! Open to Intermediate, Advanced, and ALL Xcel team levels.

Beginner Floor Clinic: 2/20 @ 3:30-4:30

Basics, Basics, Basics. Coach Daniel prides himself in being able to make the most out of basics on every event. We will be focusing in this clinic on the basic floor elements such as the round off, back handspring, and front handspring! If you are a beginner on floor, you wont want to miss this clinic! Open to Intermediates, Advanced, and Xcel levels Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Kip Clinic: 2/20 @ 4:30-5:30

Kips you say?! Getting a kip is almost every beginner competitive gymnasts dream! Whether you have your kip but not consistently, you’re SUPER close to getting your kip, or if you are still trying to master that glide swing, this clinic will benefit you! We will be focusing on each aspect of the kip helping each gymnast to master these movements. A lot of focus on shaping and strength will help both the gymnast and coaches to understand the importance of being able to hold these shapes along with being able to move while holding these shapes! A lot of dedication and repetition is needed to obtain a kip however our goal for this clinic is not for everyone to leave with a kip, but to rather gain an understanding of the ability and strength needed to obtain a kip! Open to Intermediates, Advanced, and ALL Xcel team levels.

Beginner Vault Clinic: 2/20 @ 5:30-6:30

Let’s get running, punching, and blocking!! This vault clinic is for the beginner vaulter to help them harness their power and understand the shaping and power needed for a GREAT front handspring vault! We will be using many drills and shaping work to help each gymnast achieve and understand what is needed and looked for in a front handspring vault! If you would like to be able to increase your speed and power in your vault and understand what a front handspring vault should look and feel like, this clinic is the one fo you!! Open to Advanced and ALL Xcel Levels!


February 24

Upper level bar dismount clinic: 2/24 @ 4:00-5:30

Let’s get flipping and twisting! Bar dismounts are hard to upgrade once you have found one that you have mastered! Daniel will be working with upper level gymnasts that are wanting to upgrade or master a new dismount off bars. Open to JO Optionals level 7-10!

Upper Level Floor Doubles Clinic (double flipping and twisting): 2/24 @ 5:30-7:00

Whats better than one? TWO!  Get rockin’ with some double tucks, pikes, layouts and maybe throw some twists in there too? Coach Daniel is pumped to discuss the mechanics of some upper level floor skills with you! Find new ways to drill the skill without any hard tumbling, along with straight up just throwing some fun skills! Open to JO optionals level 6-10.

Giant Clinic: 2/24 @ 7:00-8:30

What better to pair with a solid cast handstand than with a beautiful set of giants! This is another great bar clinic for the beginner Optional gymnast to attend! We will be working on the progressions of the giant along with shaping and timing tools to help you with your giant! This is great for anyone working both giants on real bar, low bar, or strap bar! Open to Xcel Platinum and all JO Optional levels!

Did you know? 

Daniel has been involved in gymnastics most his life.  As an athlete he was a two-time member of the Junior National Development Team, qualifying twice to train at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  

You name it, Daniel has done it. From open gyms and birthday parties to coaching pre-school through all team levels and spotting for optional levels.  With his diverse background, Daniel maintains his belief in the importance of coaching all levels of gymnastics.  That belief has been driven by the importance of perfecting basics and body shaping, flawless form, and extensive general and event specific conditioning.  Building blocks that need to be established long before the athlete begins training optional level gymnastics.

Why Daniel? 

Daniel’s resume speaks for itself.  He has been instrumental in the development of teams that have accumulated dozens of State Championship titles, competed against the best in the country at all levels; produced countless individual State, Regional, and National Champions; developed numerous athletes that have received Division 1 scholarships; presented at State, Regional, and National level conferences; and has been the honored recipient of literally thousands of hugs an high fives.  

You do not want to miss out on an opportunity to train with Daniel.