About Us

Our Mission

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

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Brief History

For more than 35 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, and more.

We pride ourselves on our ability to help more than 85 North Stars build the skills to secure college scholarships.

Why North Stars?

North Stars gives kids an introduction to fitness and exercise while helping to build self-esteem and resilience.


Each child will have a variety of physical activity including swinging, jumping, rolling, finding a 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 85 college scholarships for gymnastics, and several Ivy League Schools


  • Some gymnasts from the team have been to Olympic Trials and Pan-American Games


  • North Stars has the best and most accomplished competitive 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!


But most of all North Stars is FUN!


Meet The Team


Ashley Umberger
National Team Head Coach

US National Team Member

Scholarship to University of Georgia

Safety Certified


Ivan Taskova
National Team Coach

Bulgaria National Team 1978-1993

National Sport Academy 1993-1997

7 years Circus Acrobat for Ringling Brothers

Optional Team Coach

Safety Certified


Melissa Jones
National Team Coach

Safety Certified

Team Coach

Home School Coach

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Faith Baranowski
National Team Coach

Safety Certified

Team Coach

Home School Coach

Dance Instructor


Sabrina Silverman
XCEL Head Coach


Safety Certified

BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase

National Team Coach


Heather Moroz
National Team Coach

Safety Certified

Homeschool coach


Marissa Herring
Office Staff
Recreational Coach

Certified Personal Trainer

Safety Certified

FSU/FIU National Collegiate Cheerleader

NPC Competitor (fitness)

Balanced Habits Nutrition Coach


Lea Solal
Young Recreational Director


Safety Certified

National Team Coach


Lisi Miller
USAG Head Coach
National Team Coach
JA Program Director

Safety Certified


Leanne Belar

Home School Director/Teacher