Its not an uncommon sight to see kids of all ages bounding through the air at the Mason Center on East Third Avenue. Home to the Durango Gymnastics Academy, the gym at the Mason Center is constantly abuzz with activity. Kids ranging in ages from 6 to 16 have a chance to practice, compete and hone their skills in a multitude of disciplines ranging from the balance beam to the uneven bars. With more than 25 students taking part in the program, the gymnasium floor is constantly in use as groups rotate between practice sessions. The Durango Gymnastics Academy is a competitive, traveling team that is currently refining its skills en route to the state competition in Colorado Springs.

Niko Schwab, 12, shows his upper body strength and his prowess g as practice gets under way last week. Jessi Petersen flies through the air on the vault as practice continues during a busy Monday evening at the Mason Center. Clair Kairallo, 10, works defies gravity on the balance beam at the beginning of practice. Alexa Nargi, 10, gets in some practice time on the uneven bars as other students wait for their turn. The Mason Center was charged unwavering concentration Monday evening. Instructor Raelynn Nargi instructs a student on her foot placement atop the balance beam. Clair Kairallo, right, joins a pair of fellow gymnasts as they get their hands chalked up before the end of practice.


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