Learn more about who we are and what we do:
It is our mission at Dakota Star to provide a gymnastic curriculum which enhances awareness, hand-eye coordination, flexibility, strength, self-confidence, and a positive self-image, in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for the youth in our community.
Local 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization
DSG is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality gymnastics programs to the Mandan community & surrounding area. Families from Mandan, Bismarck, Steele, Baldwin, Leith, Center, Flasher, Fort Yates, Menoken, New Salem, Solen, Sterling, Washburn, Bowman, Glen Ullin, Hebron, and Plaza have chosen DSG since 2010.
We hold classes on non-school days except on family holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. If you are unsure whether your child's class is cancelled, please check the list below and DSG's Facebook page for up-to-date closure information.
DSG is always CLOSED on the following holidays:
New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
Good Friday, Easter & Easter Monday
Graduation Day (Mandan Public Schools)
Independence Day (July 3-5)
Thanksgiving Day weekend (Thursday-Sunday)
Christmas (December 24-26)
Inclement Weather Policy
DSG will follow Mandan Public School's policy regarding weather closings; if Mandan's schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather, DSG will not hold classes or events. If school is not in session (summer, weekends, or evenings), we will follow Mandan Park District's policies regarding weather closings; if MPD cancels indoor activities due to severe weather, DSG will not hold classes or events. If you are unsure whether your child's class is cancelled, please check DSG's Facebook page for up-to-date closure information.
We are a USA Gymnastics Member Club
Who is USA Gymnastics?:
USA Gymnastics is the sole national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States. They set the rules and policies that govern gymnastics in the United States. In addition to selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for Olympic Games and World Championships, they also promote and develop gymnastics on a grassroots and national level, and serve as a resource center for member clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States.
What is USA Gymnastics' Safe Sport Policy:
Athlete safety and well-being are USA Gymnastics’ highest priority, and the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy is one of the most powerful tools the organization has for athlete protection.
The Safe Sport Policy requires mandatory reporting; defines six types of misconduct; sets standards to prohibit grooming behavior and prevent inappropriate interaction; and establishes greater accountability.
Learn more about USA Gymnastics and Safe Sport here: http://www.usagymparents.com/
We are a Mandan Parks & Recreation Partner Sport
DSG functions with the support of the Mandan Park District, though we are our own separate business entity with our own separate management, employees and board of directors. MPD provides DSG with many supportive benefits, such as advertisement across their various medias, inclusion in their events, etc and now by allowing us to rent the beautiful new Midco Gymnasium at the Starion Sports Complex. We are extremely grateful to the Mandan Park District for their direct and indirect support of gymnastics over the past decades. They are a huge part of Dakota Star Gymnastics' success story!
Gymnastics is a sport that greatly challenges both your child's body and mind and requires athletes to accomplish skills in a fairly specific, progressive order to be successful at the higher levels. This is not an activity where instant gratification is the norm, but, because of this, your child will learn perseverance, resilience, determination, the ability to work towards a goal, and the ability to complete a task from start to finish.
There is no "normal" time-frame in gymnastics. Because this sport requires a lot of strength, coordination, and repetition in order to be successful, your child's advancement is a direct reflection of how strong he/she is physically, how much natural and learned coordinated he/she has, and how many days per week he/she practices gymnastics with the appropriate supervision. Please take into account that this sport is very difficult and can be "scary," so your child will also need to be mentally strong as the skills become more challenging. Expect that your recreational level child may spend multiple months or possibly even until he/she enters the next age group learning to safely and correctly perform all of the needed skills at each level. Your Team level athlete may pass through multiple competition levels in one season or may spend multiple seasons in the same level depending on her focus and growth patterns; as her body changes, skills may plateau or even regress until she relearns how to use her "new" body.
In our recreational levels, we require a few specific skills to be mastered at each level (i.e. accomplished alone with great form and technique) as well as many other skills to be near mastery before moving on to the next level. This is for the safety of both your gymnast and our coaches, as it can be dangerous for the athlete AND the spotter to perform skills that the athlete is not physically or mentally ready to attempt. Your child must also demonstrate a positive attitude without self deprecating comments, without "I can't!" attitudes, and with a respectful demeanor towards all coaches and classmates. Please confer with your coaches throughout your child's gymnastics journey; they can give you their perspective of what your child needs to focus on during class and how close he/she is to the next level.
In our Team levels, we require our gymnasts to be proficient at their level per USA Gymnastics' standards before they enter the competitive arena. Because gymnastics judging is very subjective and the children are literally judged on every movement they make, we believe that being well prepared for competition will preserve and help build our gymnasts' self-confidence. Our "Invite Only" recreational classes (Shining Stars, Nova Stars, and Pre-Team) work specifically on the skills and routines needed to compete USA Gymnastics sanctioned Level 3. Pre-team gymnasts may only be missing one single skill before being invited to our Level 3 Competitive Team. After Level 3, all gymnasts must master 100% of the required skills and connections for the upcoming level before being allowed to officially advance. All of our teams practice multiple levels ahead of their official competition level to ensure proficiency and build confidence.
Dakota Star Gymnastics is its own independent entity that functions with the support of and in association with USA Gymnastics and Mandan Parks & Recreation.