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What to Expect

What to wear

What you wear in gymnastics is important for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Girls: A leotard is required. Close fitting shorts, leggings, or warm up pants and shirt or tanktop are optional.

Boys: T-shirts, shorts, or warm-up pants.

All Students

Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

No belts, snaps, buckles, zippers, or rivets. The only jewelry allowed is ear studs.

Water bottles are encourages, but they must contain only water; no sports drinks, juice, or soft drinks. No food is allowed in the gym area.


Parking is available on the southeast side of the RGA building. Because our parking is limited, overflow parking is available across Bargeway Rd. in the field adjacent to the UPS Customer Center. Please do not park on Bargeway Rd. or River Rd. or block the vehicles and entrance of our neighbors at Devco Mechanical Inc.

Before class

  • Cubbies are available for students in the gym near the bleachers for storage of shoes.
  • Preschool and Recreation classes are held in the main gym or in the Gym B room. Prior to class, students are asked to wait in the adjacent waiting area for their instructor to take roll.
  • We suggest that all students use the restroom prior to class. We request that all students use the provided Sani wipes to wipe hands and feet prior to class before using the equipment.
  • Students are asked to wait in the viewing area prior to class. Students are NOT allowed to practice their skills at this time. At class time, instructors will greet students, take roll, and lead their students on to the gym floor. ONLY students registered in class and under instruction are allowed beyond the viewing area or on the equipment.

During class

  • Gymnastic classes begin with a group warm-up. This may include running and jumping followed by stretching exercises to prepare the gymnasts for class.
  • After warm-ups, the gymnasts will rotate through the various gymnastics events.

Riverside Gymnastics Academy in The Dalles, OR

Viewing area

  • Parents are encouraged to watch classes from the viewing area. Please ensure that younger siblings are safely behind the viewing area partition and within your sight at all times.

  • If your student is comfortable, you may leave the gym if you remain available to be reached by phone. Parents are not allowed on the floor; please refrain from speaking to your child when they are in class.


After class

  • Upon completion of the class, the students will be brought back to the viewing area.

  • Please be prompt when picking up your student at the end of class. Please come into the gym for pick up. We are unable to monitor your child outside of the building.

  • If you have any questions about the class, please stop by the office.

If you missed your scheduled class

If your student misses their regularly scheduled class, as a courtesy, we will be offering makeup classes. Please check the office or our News and Events page for our current schedule. Extenuating circumstances will be considered. Riverside does not prorate for missed classes or vacations. Unused classes may not be applied toward tuition payments.


Inclement weather

If the North Wasco County School District 21 is closed due to weather, classes will be cancelled. We are only closed for major holidays and do not follow Wasco County School District 21 for other school closures.


Riverside Gymnastics Sports and Arts Center  •  2221 River Rd  •  The Dalles, OR 97058  •  541-993-8625  •  riversidegym8625@gmail.com