Russian coach visits gymnastsPublished 9:03am Friday, July 5, 2013
Russian gymnastics and dance teacher Katrina Volgina visited Alexander City Gymnastics last Friday to work with the teams on beam and floor technique.
Alexander City Gymnastics coach David Coleman said the young gymnasts were excited to learn from Volgina.
“They really liked it,” Coleman said. “It was their first experience with an international coach, and I felt it was very inspirational for the gymnasts. The coaches got a lot out of it as well.”
Born in Vladivostok, Russia, Volgina has been dancing since the age of five.
She danced competitively in Russia and Asia, and in 1998, she competed in the Olympic Asian games.
As an instructor, Volgina has taught children and adults all over the world, including Korea, China, Macau and Hong Kong.
She came to the United States in 2007 and still competes as a professional dancer and has her own dance school in Columbus, Ga., where she also works with the competitive teams at Gymnastics Unlimited.
“She helped the kids think outside of the box of traditional gymnastics,” Coleman said. “We look forward to having her back, and she’s the first of many guests that we have lined up to come and visit.”
Both Volgina and Coleman have been friends since they competed against each other in Dancing Stars of East Alabama, and they have agreed to help out each others’ students.
For more information on the Alexander City Parks and Recreation Department gymnastics program, call 256-329-6776 or visit the Gymnastics center at 216 Tallapoosa St. in historic downtown Alexander City at the “Old ‘Bama Theater”