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Meet the Austin Team

Coach Sparkles

Chief Operating Officer

Coach Beans

Director of Operations

Coach Curly Fry

Assistant Director

Coach Mermaid

Coach Smiley

Coach Powers

Coach Sparkles

Chief Operating Officer

Hello! My name is Leigh but the kiddos know me as Coach Sparkles! I am the Chief Operating Officer of Gym Station. I started my journey with Gym Station in 2016 and have had the privilege of holding many titles within the company. I started off as a lead dance coach in DFW, then became the Assistant Director, Dance Director, then Director of Operations and now Chief Operating Officer! My passion for teaching children started in highschool when I taught competitive dance teams. I went on to receive a BFA in dance from The University of North Texas and moved to Chicago to teach Hubbard Street's Youth Dance Program. Once I moved back to DFW and started working for Gym Station, I quickly found that my passion for teaching children had grown in so many ways! Getting to teach not only dance but gymnastics, sports and fitness to children has been an absolute joy! I get to share the importance of living a healthy active lifestyle with hundreds of children each week and that makes my job awesome!

Coach Beans

Director of Operations

Hey guys!! I'm Josh, although I'm better known as Coach Beans. I'm 24 years old and I absolutely love my job as Director of Operations here in Austin. I was born and raised in central Texas and don't plan on leaving any time soon. I've been crazy about sports and physical activity my entire life and it's truly an honor to be spreading that excitement to your kids! My number one goal at Gym Station is to create a fun, creative and exciting atmosphere where your kids can learn the importance of health and exercise all while having a blast. Some of the things I like to do in my free time include long boarding, biking, playing recreational sports and hanging out with friends! I can’t wait to meet your kids and teach them all kinds of fun ways to practice their skills!

Coach Curly Fry

Assistant Director

Howdy! My name is Christina but you can call me Coach Curly Fry! I am a true Austinite, born and raised! I started dancing when I was 3 years old and I haven’t stopped since. Growing up, I trained in multiple dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and many more! I was also a member of the competitive dance team at my studio for 10 years. After high school, I continued to pursue dance by joining a pre-professional collaborative dance company, teaching classes at my dance studio and choreographing for different organizations around the Austin area. Now I am currently a member of a competitive hip-hop team! I have always had a passion for healthy living and staying active through dance and exercise. This is why I decided to pursue my personal training certification through NASM and gain more knowledge about our bodies and to help others lead a healthy lifestyle too! When I’m not coaching, you can find me in the gym, hiking with my dog, crafting, or cooking. I can’t wait to get moving and grooving with your little one!

Coach Mermaid

Hello! My name is McKenna A.K.A. Coach Mermaid. I am the Dance Director in Austin, Texas and love it! I first started dancing when I was 6 years old when my parents enrolled me in tap and gymnastics. I picked up dance again in high school when I made the dance/drill team. After high school, I pursued dance and taught at different studios and joined two professional dance companies in the Austin area. When I was surrounded by a team of passionate dancers, that’s when I knew dance was what I wanted to do. I have been teaching dance all around the Austin area since 2013 and with The Gym Station since 2019. I have also worked as an ABA Therapist and provided dance therapy to kids on the spectrum. Teaching is my biggest passion and I love being able to share that passion every day with your kids. My goal is to make others feel creative, inspired, and empowered through dance as often as I can. I can't wait to continue to spread the love and power of dance with the kids I get to see everyday!

Coach Smiley

Hello all! My name is Antonio Lopez but the kiddos know me as Coach Smiley. I started playing sports at the age of 3. I believe starting at this age really helped me in the success of my academics and as an athlete playing soccer, basketball, and football at the high school level. My passion for working with kids started with my first job conducting summer sports camps. After multiple years of working with kids of all ages, I knew I wanted to turn my passion into a career. I am also a Personal Trainer and I enjoy working out, being outdoors, traveling, and hanging out with friends & family. I look forward to working with your kids and sharing my love for sports and fitness with them.

Coach Powers

Hey everyone! My name is Cole but your kids know me as Coach Powers! I started playing baseball when I was 3 years old and have played many different sports through High School. I've been coaching and teaching kids for the past 7 years while working on my Associate's degree in Kinesiology. Through my education I've learned how to properly and safely teach kids the best and most fun ways to play sports! Some of my favorite things to do outside of sports and fitness are spending time with my friends and enjoying good food. I am very excited to coach all of your kids and have lots of fun with them!