The trainers at Dynamite Sports dance and gymnastics facility have years of real world experience under their belt.
Owner and founder Karen Smith trained in gymnastics from an early age and was expected to participate in the 1972 Olympics until she injured her back at age 15.
“I have been dancing my whole life,” she said.
Unable to walk away from the sport completely, Smith took up coaching and passed her love of the sport onto daughter and co-owner Kirsten Smith-Massa.
Dynamite Sports recently relocated to the McDonald’s shopping center next to Legacy Furniture.
The center provides training for every athletic need, dance, gymnastics, cheer, physical rehabilitation and sports conditioning.
Smith started Dynamite Sports in 1987, under the name TNT Dance Academy.
After operating in Payson for a number of years, Smith relocated the business to the Valley in 1992.
Then in 2007, she moved back to Payson and started Dynamite Sports.
Today, Smith-Massa is a certified personal trainer, physical therapy assistant and involved in the creation of programs for spinal rehabilitation.
“The owners’ combined experience of more than 40 years, provides a knowledge-based platform to learn the correct techniques that will facilitate excellence in any given sport,” Smith said.
“The primary aspect that separates Dynamite from the competition, besides the curriculum, is the instructors’ continued education.”
Instructors attend workshops, seminars and training camps, as well as maintain certifications to learn the latest techniques for providing a safe environment for athletes.
“Dynamite Sports believes that through a fun, nurturing, well-disciplined atmosphere, every athlete can reach the highest expectations, and beyond.”
For more information, call (480) 385-8896 or visit www.dynamitesports.org.