Ms. J, AKA Wei Jiang, envisioned a welcoming and inclusive gymnastics facility for ALL! As a former Olympic gymnast for China, she came from a grueling gymnastics environment and wished to create the contrary. In December 2004, her vision became a reality with the founding of Ms. J's Gymnastics & Dance! Ms. J's Gym operated in a 3,000 sq. ft. facility on Kent Avenue for ten years. After a decade, the gym relocated just a couple cartwheels away to South 1st Street. The gym more than tripled in size to 10,000 sq. ft. when it expanded to the building next door in October of 2017.
We wish to provide an environment that is safe and fun in order to best foster a love for gymnastics. We believe gymnastics is the best possible foundation in physical fitness and other sports. We emphasize the development of strength, flexibility and coordination, which are the basics in athleticism. At Ms. J’s we strive to develop self-confidence, self-discipline and enthusiasm in each of our students as they progress their skills. We make success attainable for every student! We share our passion for movement with our students. Our mission is to provide gymnastics for everyone.
Ms. J's Gym: Where structure meets fun!
Ms. J's History
Ms. J's Family is very excited to be in our 18th year of service to our community! Ms. J's programs are open to ALL. We offer gymnastics and dance with great glee, structure, and discipline.
Our programs include: gymnastics classes, dance classes, bouldering ninja classes, aerial silks classes, single day gymnastics camps, Kid's Night Out events on Saturday evenings, indoor play hour aka Family Fun, Pick Up & Play from various North Brooklyn Schools, birthday and holiday parties for playful celebrations, and so much more!
Ms. J's Present Day
Ms. J's Gym is coming up on its 18th anniversary! Currently, we have reached over 3k families on our parent portal, more than 75 weekly recreational gymnastics classes, pickup from multiple North Brooklyn schools, competitive teams that compete locally & nationally, and a variety of programs: ranging from Family Fun to Bouldering Ninja classes!
We have more in store for the future and we cannot wait to grow with you.
Meet Our Team
Wei and Jerry
Founders & Owners
(Ms. J & Mr. J)
Ms. J's founder, Wei Jiang, started her gymnastics career in 1974. Wei trained for many national and international competitions. From 8 to 19 years of age she trained in China's National Training Center and joined the Chinese Olympic Team as an alternate, representing China at the 1984 Olympic Games. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Iowa, has more than twenty five years of teaching experience, and is a member of the USA Gymnastics organization. Ms. J currently teaches gymnastics for grades K – 4 at The Spence School in Manhattan and has been there since 1997. Ms. J’s husband, Gerard Irving, is co owner of Ms. J’s Gymnastics and Dance. They have two daughters, Ginger and Ella, and the family of four live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Williamsburg Rec Director
Lacee was born and raised in the desert of Arizona. She started dancing and tumbling at a local dance studio at the age of three and at the age of 15 decided to try out gymnastics and high school cheerleading. Lacee received her BFA from Arizona State University and during her time completed one season with their competitive cheer squad and danced under the direction of artists like Jessica Rajko, Kimberly Bartosik, Tentacle Tribe and Cruz Control Collective. She currently is a resident of Queens and is a freelance movement artist while coaching your lovely children at Ms. J’s gymnastics.
Co-Head Team Coach
Shari grew up right outside of Boston. Her gymnastics career started when she crashed her sister’s “mommy and me” class as a toddler, and she has been in the gym ever since. She competed until graduating from high school, reaching level 9, and has been teaching gymnastics since age 14. She loves coaching and sharing her love of gymnastics with her students. She is excited for each gymnast to reach their highest potential!
Gymnastics, Dance, & PUP Coach
Caileigh was born and raised in New Jersey in a house filled with constant music, theatre, and dance. After studying ballet for almost 20 years and performing in a multitude of theatrical productions, she graduated from DeSales University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Musical Theatre. Caileigh has performed professionally with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, ArtsPower Theatre, and toured nationally with the original cast of Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure performing at Madison Square Garden amongst other well-known venues. She is also yoga certified! Aside from creating theatre, she has been working with children ages 0-15 for over a decade. After moving to NYC in 2019, Caileigh started at Ms. J’s (her first job in the city!) and continued with the team in-person and then online through September 2020. She is so excited to have rejoined the Ms. J’s family in January 2022 after a brief hiatus. As a teaching artist Caileigh strives to ensure that all of her students feel like the best possible versions of themselves and of course have fun!
Ms. Monika was born and raised in Brooklyn. Starting at the age of 8, she practiced gymnastics at the Hamilton Dance Studios in Greenpoint. Monika studied family and consumer sciences with a concentration in advertising and marketing. She earned a BA in Human Ecology from the State University of New York, College of Oneonta and an AAS in Advertising and Marketing Communications conjointly from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has worked with children for over 15 years, beginning as a student volunteer tutor for her younger peers at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. Monika represents social media accounts of varying businesses and organizations, most recently working with a local non-profit: North Brooklyn Neighbors.
Greenpoint Rec & Dance Director
Emily (they/she) is from Hudson, North Carolina. They hold a BFA in dance and a MFA in Choreography from UNCGreensboro studying dance, writing, childhood development, pedagogy, and performance art. Emily has taught creative dance, jazz, tap, contemporary, and movement technique for 15 years in studios, public schools, and conferences in NC, SC, VA, NY, NJ, CT, and FL. Emily studied gymnastics as part of their primary movement training and has been coaching in Brooklyn for three years. They specialize in tot and elementary gymnastics focusing on the foundations of gymnastics shapes, skills, and techniques. Emily believes that how we learn to act and react in relation to our learning process shapes who we become. They believe that children are creative and capable at their core, having the ability to understand their bodies in space, how to move peacefully with others, and how to implement practice toward personal and collective goals.
Co-Head Team Coach
Team Training Coordinator
Khris grew up in Virginia. His personality and stature have always been larger than life. He has been and continues to be the tallest gymnast in the game: standing tall at 6'8. Khris has an extensive gymnastics and ballet background; he has held the head gymnastics coach position for a girl's high school team and coached Level 4-9 gymnasts. Coach Khris loves building the confidence in gymnasts and pushing their abilities to the next level.
Gymnastics & PUP Coach
Ms. Jayme grew up in Williamsburg and began working at Ms. J's after volunteering through NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program. Jayme has 5 years of experience working with children in various settings and enjoys creating an environment where her students are encouraged to be their best selves. Her interest in gymnastics began in high school, and she has worked to ensure her students' gymnastics experiences are both enjoyable and fulfilling. Jayme earned her BA in Human Biology at Hunter College and continues to enjoy making Ms. J's a safe and inviting space for all!
Ms. Jerlin grew up in Williamsburg and began dancing at age 3 in a mommy & me Ballet class. Her interest in gymnastics began in junior high. She continued working on her skills up until high school. While learning gymnastics, she discovered an artistic way to express herself through movement and hasn't ignored her talent since then. She studied Speech Pathology at St. Joseph's College. Jerlin loves working with children and puts her all into making sure that the children express themselves in a way that each child sees fit.
Eliza was born and raised in Williamsburg and started ballet when she was 4 years old. Her interest in dance grew and so she began tap dance, hip hop, jazz, and ballroom dance when she was 9 years old. She has a love for dance, and loves teaching to her after school kiddos of our PUP program. She began gymnastics when she was in her freshman year in high school and continued for 2 years. Once she started gymnastics, her skills in dance intertwined gracefully. She adores working with the children here at Ms. J's and always tries to teach them life lessons, how to have fun and to be true to themselves.
Gymnastics, PUP, & Ninja Coach
Robbie competed Level 10 in TnT gymnastics and now has been coaching for 6 years. He has extensive training in parkour, different martial arts, and multiple circus apparatus. He also works as an actor & professional wrestler. Robbie has coached at Ms. J's for about 2 years.
Gymnastics & Dance Instructor