and James Vollrath are the new owners of Northshore
Academy of Gymnastics in Cedarburg.
Photo by Mark Justesen
CEDARBURG — While the Northshore Academy of Gymnastics
changed hands in late June, there was no need to
introduce new owners James and Katie Vollrath to the
kids in the gym.
first came here as a kid and basically have spent my
whole life here,” said Katie Vollrath. “It feels like
I’ve always been here.”
same is essentially true for her husband, James Vollrath.
“Years and years ago, I think we decided we wanted to
someday buy the place,” he said. “We like our jobs, and
when you love what you do, what’s that saying?”
never really do go into work,” added Katie Vollrath.
Northshore Academy of Gymnastics has been a fixture in
Cedarburg for nearly 40 years, eventually moving through
a few locations within blocks of each other to its
longtime location on Cardinal Avenue.
“We’re a bit unique in that not only do we offer
gymnastics, but we’re also one of the few spaces in the
area that has ceilings high enough for rhythmic
gymnastics and pole vaulting, and we do have a team that
uses our facilities for pole vault practice,” she said.
“We do obviously offer gymnastics training, but there’s
so many things that happen here.”
Currently, the academy serves 600 recreational gymnasts
and 140 competitive gymnasts and provides a variety of
classes, including tumbling and a program called Samurai
Warrior, which is focused on functional body movement.
“It’s more of an ‘American Ninja Warrior’-type class for
kids,” said James Vollrath.
James and Katie Vollrath noted that this particular
programming appeals to boys, who tend to love the
tumbling and activity of gymnastics, but not the
artistic side of it.
Samurai Warrior kids do things like run obstacle
courses, leap and work on their agility, said James
Vollrath, adding that it’s a program open to boys and
They’ve also been working on expanded programming for
the under-3 set, being parents of children in that
“There are some really good, fun, developmental things
that young kids can do at that age,” said Katie Vollrath.
“It’s really broad, from learning how to wait in line
and socially interact to fun tumbling activities.”
former competitive gymnasts, coaches and now business
owners, the Vollraths have developed a lifelong
appreciation for the sport, but Katie Vollrath said that
she recently ran into a former gymnastics parent who put
it into perspective for her.
was the father of a former student who was going off to
college,” she explained. “His daughter only ever made it
to Level 4 as a gymnast, but she so enjoyed the
experience. He said that he would encourage anyone to
put their kids in gymnastics from ages 3 to 9, and while
they may never go on and become a gymnast, they will
carry so many great life lessons from the experience.”
would also add a few more to that list.
“What we do helps kids build strength and coordination,”
she said. “They learn to love being healthy and fit at a
very young age, which are all things that gymnastics
definitely teaches you. We’re just so thrilled that
we’re able to continue doing this in a place that means
so much to us.”
Northshore Academy of Gymnastic
N270 Cardinal Ave. Cedarburg