When Shannon Cornicelli was deciding what to name her studio, the words “Dream Big” were the first to come to mind. To Cornicelli, these words are more than just a catchy phrase ~ they are both words she lives by and the inspiration of Dream Big Academy whose mission is to “provide children with a positive, fun-filled atmosphere that enables them to create their own goals and then empowers them to go after their dreams, thus building confident, determined and powerful qualities that will be forever embedded in their characters.”
Cornicelli, an accomplished gymnast and former college-level coach, has been “dreaming big” her whole life, and all those aspirations, accompanied by countless hours in the gym, have paid off in the form of this busy, family-friendly and successful gymnastics studio on Comstock Parkway in Cranston. Now, as owner of Dream Big Academy, she inspires her many students to take chances, to strive for the top and mostly, to dream big!
Dream Big Academy is spacious, cheerful and always abuzz with activity. Classes here are offered in competitive and non-competitive recreational gymnastics, wrestling and Ninja challenge. There is even an early childhood enrichment program for pre-schoolers and kindergartners. Gymnastic classes are held for participants of all ages and levels of experience, from tumbling tots to teen gymnastics and adult classes. The Ninja Challenge is an obstacle course based program for boys and girls ages 4-18 years that incorporates basic gymnastics skills, conditioning and flexibility.
Dream Big is home to Top Flight Wrestling Academy where classes are led by a team of skilled coaches, including Coach Nick O’Connell, Jason Cornicelli, (a former RIC wrestler) and Ricondo Cole. All classes are designed to teach beginner wrestling techniques, encourage a positive body image, build self-confidence and foster a healthy sense of competition.
Among the many other offerings for members here at Dream Big Academy are exciting and diverse programs such as the popular “Parent’s Night Out Kids Party”, a supervised evening of movies, gymnastics, arts & crafts and snacks. Mark your calendar and sign your child up for the next party on October 11th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The fun continues with a myriad of programs for younger children including tumbling classes (where even mothers, fathers and grandparents can participate!), “messy arts” hours and open play gym time. For serious gymnasts, there are special clinics scheduled to help your child perfect their skills under the trained and watchful eye of Cornicelli and her team of experienced coaches.
Dream Big is also the perfect place to host the ultimate birthday party with creative themes from Princess to Wrestling & Cowboy to Circus parties – if you can dream it, you can find it here!
Dream Big Academy is located on 41 Comstock Parkway in Cranston. For more information, call 401-228-8946 or visit their website at www.DreamBigGym.com.