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About Us

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Our Story

Founded in 1986, Hillsdale Gymnastics, Dance & Cheer Center was the result of a need for a gymnastics facility in Hillsdale County. During her sophomore year at Hillsdale College, Jill opened the center while completing her B.A. degrees in Elementary Education and Physical Education. She also holds a Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration. The dance studio was added in 2003, and cheer in 2007. Jill has a proven track record as a gymnastics and cheer coach with many State and National Champions to her credit at both the high school and collegiate level. She was named Coach of the Decade in 2009.   

 

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Our Owner

 

Jill Hardway is a graduate of Hillsdale College and during that time began this business. Jill has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Physical Education. This dual degree helped her develop unique ideas for teaching preschoolers and is respected as one of the best. Jill completed her Master's Degree in Educational Administraion in 2008. She was one of the first to be KAT certified, and PDP level 1 & 2 certified. She has been a State speaker for Region 5 Congress as well. 

In past years she coached high school gymnastics and was a certified judge. She coached National and High School Champions, Kara Cretsinger, and Courtney Shaneour, who both began their gymnastics careers with HGC at the age of five.  She co-coached the Hillsdale College Cheer & Dance team to two National. The Dance studio was added in 2003, and the Cheer program in 2007. Jill married Bob in 1991, and has two sons, Zachary and Brooks. 

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Our Vision

  

From the beginning, HGC has taken a small gymnastics dream and molded it into a well rounded medium in which to explore and development gross and fine motor movement activities and have fun doing it. Using the same philosophy, we advanced the dream by adding dance and cheerleading to our family. Our program facilitates optimum movement learning in a rich and colorful environment. The reality of a quality program, state of the art equipment and staff that is second to none, makes our organization one of the best.

Staff

Jill Hardway - Owner, Head Coach

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Jill founded Hillsdale Gymnastics, Dance, and Cheer Center in 1986 while attending Hillsdale College.  

Jill has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Physical Education. Jill completed her Master's Degree in Educational Administraion in 2008. She was one of the first to be KAT certified, and PDP level 1 & 2 certified. She has been a State speaker for Region 5 Congress as well. In past years she coached high school gymnastics and was a certified judge. She coached National and High School Champions, Kara Cretsinger, and Courtney Shaneour, who both began their gymnastics careers with HGC at the age of five.  She co-coached the Hillsdale College Cheer & Dance team to two Nationals.  Jill is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for key women educators, and a tenured member of the Hilllsdale Chapter of Michigan Child Study. She was the chairperson for the City of Hillsdale Recreation Commission, and has been the YMCA Kimball Camp summer gymnastics instructor for more than 20 years. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member, and has established three funded scholarships through the Hillsdale County Community Foundation for local athletes pursuing a college education.  The Kara Cretsinger Scholarship in honor and celebration of  Kara's State Gymnastics Championship on Vault, Beam, Floor and All-Around.  The Alice MacNeil Track Scholarship is in memory of her grandmother.  The newest, Jerry Woodard scholarship in memory of her father. Jill married Bob in 1991, and has two sons, Zachary and Brooks.  

Amelia Oliver-Jackson - Instructor

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Amelia has been with Hillsdale Gymnastics for most of her life: first as an athlete, then as a junior coach, and now as a full time staff member. Amelia has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Western Michigan University, endorsements in Emotional Impairment and Learning Disabilities, and 5 years of classroom teaching experience. Amelia has an extensive background in Special Education and aims to create inclusive/adaptive gymnastics classes for all athletes. Amelia earned regional gymnastics honors while attending Hillsdale High School and went on to Concordia University in Ann Arbor where she was a member of the Pom Team. Amelia later transferred to Western Michigan University to study special education. She continued dance at WMU and cheered collegiately. After graduating, Amelia married Brian and the pair moved to St. Joseph for Amelia's teaching job. Amelia coached at Power In Motion during her time in West Michigan where she learned up-to-date spotting techniques. and co-coached the pre-team. In 2017, The Jacksons moved back to Hillsdale County to welcome their first child, Clinton, in June 2018. Amelia currently teaches gymnastics classes, dance classes, coaches the level 1 Filly cheer team, and assists with the competitive gymnastics team at Hillsdale Gymnastics, Dance, and Cheer Center.

Danyelle Hassenzahl - Instructor

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Danyelle has been dancing for the past 20 years, and teaching for twelve.  She is a well-rounded dancer that is able to dance many different styles. From ballet, point, and jazz, to hip hop, modern, lyrical, and cheer, she has a great deal to offer the youth of Hillsdale County. Danyelle has had different training over the years from  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to local dance camps during the summers, to dance conventions during the fall.

 From 2005 through 2009, she attended Eastern Michigan University where she majored in dance and minored in performance. In April of 2009, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University. Over the four years Danyelle attended EMU, she was able to perform at many events and performances. In March of 2008, she performed at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium to represent EMU’s dance program. Also in 2008 she was asked to dance at the annual Community Dance Day hosted at EMU. In the four years that she was at EMU she was in two University ballet productions, two faculty dances and dozens of student dances. During the past 12 years she has been teaching dance in Hillsdale County and Washtenaw County and now has found her new home with Hillsdale Gymnastics, Dance, & Cheer.  She just recently became a USASF safety certified judge. Danyelle is a proud mom to Jazzelle and Draper.

More Staff!

Tasha Hill - Instructor

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Bio coming soon!

Georgia McDowell - Junior Coach

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 Georgia is a junior at Jonesville High School. She is co-captain of the JHS Robotics Team. At the events, she typically serves as the ‘human player’ and interacts with the game/field pieces for the team’s alliances. Georgia is a member of the National Honors Society and is known for both her kindness and leadership skills. In addition to her service on the Robotics Team, Georgia volunteers at the Hillsdale County Humane Society! She was recently awarded the Barrett Insurance Student of the Week Award of Excellence! Georgia has been with Hillsdale Gymnastics, Dance, and Cheer Center for much of her life. She is a vital part of the Michigan Jags Cheer team and looks forward to competing with Hillsdale Gymnastics Center in the 2019-2020 season!

Hunter Harris - Junior Coach

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Bio coming soon!