About North Stars

Mission Statement

North Stars Gymnastics Academy was founded on the belief that children must learn to set goals not limits, and in doing so, develop an appreciation of the journey as well as the destination.  We pride ourselves on quality instruction and strive to maximize each athlete’s potential in the sport regardless of ability.

We at North Stars believe in developing the person, not just the athlete.  Self-confidence, independence and self-motivation are just a few of the life skills our students acquire on their way to becoming successful and productive adults.

We feel our alumni serve as positive role models to others and hope they develop a desire to share their knowledge and love of the sport with generations to come.

You are never given the dream without the power to make it come true…..you may have to work for it, however.” Bach

Brief History

For more than 30 years North Stars has been placing children to the National and International levels.

We have had medalists in USA Championships, Goodwill Games, Pan American Games, Pacific Alliance Championships as wells as competitions in France, S. Korea, England, Russia, Bulgaria, Columbia, US Olympic Trials…

Also, more than 70 North Stars have received college scholarships.

Why North Stars?
North Stars give kids an introduction to fitness, exercising, stretching and helps to build self esteem.


Each child will have a variety of  physical activity including swinging, jumping, rolling, finding center and balancing that creates a base for fitness, body awareness as well as safety.


The staff of North Stars Gymnastics Academy is dedicated to the training and teaching of athletes by stressing safety and using positive reinforcement.


Other reasons to come to North Stars


  • All coaches and teachers are safety certified for gymnastics


  • Coaching staff involved in coaching girls that compete have full background checks


  • Gymnastics team members have received in excess of 70 college scholarships for gymnastics, and several Ivy League Schools


  • Some gymnasts from the team have been to Olympics Trials, Pan-American Games and medaled


  • North Stars has the best and most accomplished competitve Gymnastics program in the state of New Jersey


  • Voted National Club of the Year 2015

  • Awarded JO Optional Club of the Year 2011 thru 2017!


  • North Stars is FUN!
Our Staff

Ashley Umberger

  • US National Team Member

  • Scholarship University of Georgia

  • Safety Certified

National Team Head Coach

Ivan Taskova

  • Bulgaria National Team 1978-1993

  • National Sport Academy 1993-1997

  • 7 years Circus Acrobat for Ringling Brothers

  • Optional Team Coach

  • Safety Certified

National Team Coach

Melissa Jones

  • Safety Certified

  • Team Coach

  • Home School Coach

National Team Coach

Faith Baranowski

  • Safety Certified

  • Team Coach

  • Home School Coach

  • Dance Instructor

National Team Coach

Christian Campitiello

  • Safety Certified

  • Compulsory Team Coach

  • Class Instructor


Heather Moroz

  • Safety Certified

  • Homeschool coach

National Team Coach

Lisi Miller

  • Safety Certified

Recreational Coach

Isabel Mora

  • Safety Certified

Recreational/USAIGC coach

Marissa Herring

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • FSU/FIU national colleigate cheerleader

  • National Physique Commitee (NPC) fitness competiton 

Recreational Director/ Office Staff

Karin Miller

  • Office Manager

Front Desk

Leanne Belar

  • Home School Director/Teacher


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North Stars is a state-of-the-art 15,500 square foot facility with rod floor, tumble track, two AAI vaulting tables, 9  high beams, complete bar and strap bar area, rock wall and floor to foam pit.  Tumbling, vaulting and bars into resipits.  Above ground trampoline.   We have a 1500 square foot mezzanine viewing area to take full advantage of the action!

Front Entrance
Uneven Bars area
Gym Floor
Balance Beams
Rec Corner
Rec Corner Close
Vault & Floor

(973) 316-2507

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