About Us

  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. 

Our Philosophy

  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.

MSJSGYM: Where structure meets fun!

Ms. J's History

Ms. J's Family is very excited to be in our 15th 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 15th 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.

ABOUT  #MSJSFAM

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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.

MS. J'S Founder

Wei Jiang AKA MS. J!

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Ms. Alyssa is from Long Beach, CA. She started gymnastics at age 6 and continued until she was 16. Alyssa was a Region 1 competitive gymnast for nine years. She reached level 9 of USAG's JO program and was a Western National vault champion. She began coaching at age 16, with great joy. She taught children of varying ages including infants and children with special needs. While living in California, Alyssa coached rec, pre team, and level 2-5 gymnasts. She moved to NY in January 2016 to finish her bachelor's degree in Television and Radio.

Asst. General Manager & PUP Director

Alyssa Wright

Ms. Larissa was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her gymnastics journey started at age five when her dance studio unexpectedly shut down. She followed her best friend to try gymnastics and never looked back! Larissa competed up to Level 7 in USAG with her club, then on the Laguardia HS Varsity team, and finally as a part of the inaugural Rutgers University Club team. At Rutgers she earned her BA majoring in Communication, minoring in Theater Arts. Larissa first taught at the Scarlet Knights Gymnastics Academy. A week following her graduation Larissa joined the Ms.J's family. Everyday she is grateful to share her passion of this wonderful sport with children of all ages. Her favorite part of coaching is the beauty of watching her students grow as gymnasts and as people. She hopes to be a gymnast and a coach for as long as her body will permit it!

REC Director

Larissa  Alvarez

Lacee Garcia 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.

POWERTEAM Head Coach

Lacee Garcia

Ms. Larissa was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her gymnastics journey started at age five when her dance studio unexpectedly shut down. She followed her best friend to try gymnastics and never looked back! Larissa competed up to Level 7 in USAG with her club, then on the Laguardia HS Varsity team, and finally as a part of the inaugural Rutgers University Club team. At Rutgers she earned her BA majoring in Communication, minoring in Theater Arts. Larissa first taught at the Scarlet Knights Gymnastics Academy. A week following her graduation Larissa joined the Ms.J's family. Everyday she is grateful to share her passion of this wonderful sport with children of all ages. Her favorite part of coaching is the beauty of watching her students grow as gymnasts and as people. She hopes to be a gymnast and a coach for as long as her body will permit it!

XCEL Team Coach

Khris Wilson

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Ms. Monika is a Brooklyn native. 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. 

General Manager & Marketing Director

Monika Lagocki

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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.

Gym Supervisor

Jerlin Andres

Ms. Emily has an Elementary Education degree from Salisbury University and thirteen years of gymnastics up her leotard sleeve. She has competed as a JO gymnast up to level 8 and is in her 4th year of coaching gymnastics. Since 2006, Emily has been working with children ranging from 12mo up to 18yrs of age. She is excited to blend her two passions, education & gymnastics, to create a fun-loving, movement-based learning program AKA Little Owls!

Events Coordinator & Little Owls Director 

Emily Quinlan

Originally from New Jersey, Caileigh is a NYC based actor, singer, dancer, and teaching artist. She has performed professionally and toured with Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure. Her specialty is teaching dance and acting; however, her main concern is encouraging students to be their fullest selves in and outside the classroom. 

Dance, Theater,  & Gymnastics Coach

Caileigh Idell

Shari grew up 30 minutes outside of Boston in a town called Acton, Massachusetts. Her gymnastics career started when she crashed my sister’s “mommy and me” class as a toddler, and she has been in the gym ever since. She competed through level 9, and has been teaching gymnastics since 2009. After graduating high school, she went to college at Auburn University in Alabama, where she studied industrial design. Shari recently spent the past year teaching English and gymnastics in Netanya, Israel. She is excited for each gymnast to reach their highest potential!

XCEL Team and Gymnastics Coach

Shari Heller

Angi grew up in Southern California and moved to New York in 2013. Currently residing in Sunset Park Brooklyn with her 2 cats Jänek and Belson. She started gymnastics at age 6 and continued to excel in gymnastics (preteam/team L6) until age 12.  She switched to jazz and Ballet but then decided to start all star cheerleading at age 13 (club cheer not high school). She appreciated the acrobatic nature of it that was similar to gymnastics.  From junior high to high school, Angi continued to compete in all star cheer competitions and competitive power tumbling competitions. She has coached gymnastics at two other gyms in California and loves being back in the gym and back in this environment.

PRETeam and Gymnastics Coach

Angi Kim

ABOUT US

Ms. J's Family is very excited to be in our 10th year of service to our community! Ms. J's programs are open to both boys and girls of all ages. We offer gymnastics and dance fun with great structure and discipline. Our programs include; classes and day camps, Family Fun hours for indoor play, Pick Up and Play for after school, Kids Night Out for Saturday night playtime, birthday and holiday parties for playful celebrations, and so much more!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe that our training provides the best possible foundation in physical fitness by emphasizing the development of strength, flexibility and coordination, which are the basics in athleticism. At Ms. J’s we strive to provide a safe and fun environment and aim to develop self-confidence, self-discipline and enthusiasm in each of our students as they progress their gymnastics, dance, yoga or circus skills! We make success attainable by every student. The passion for movement which we share with our students teaches love for physical activity and develops into a love for maintaining physical health. Our mission is to spread our philosophy throughout Brooklyn and to make this city truly feel like home.

Wei Jiang

Founder

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.
Click the links below to see videos of Wei Jiang in competition!

 


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Monika Lagocki

General Manager & Marketing Director

 

Alyssa Wright

Assistant General Manager, PUP Director & Instructor- Gymnastics

Alyssa is from Long Beach, CA. She started gymnastics at age 6 and continued until she was 16. She reached level 9 and was a Western National vault champion. She began coaching at age 16 and is so glad to have had the opportunity to work with all kinds of children including team, infants, and special needs. While living in California, Alyssa coached rec, pre team, and level 2-5. She moved to NY in January 2016 to finish her bachelors degree in Television and Radio.

Jerlin Andres

Gym Supervisor

Jerlin grew up in Williamsburg and  began dancing at age 3 in a mommy and me Ballet class. Then her interest in gymnastics began in junior high and she continued working on her skills up until high school. That's where she discovered her artistic side and hasn't ignored her talent since then. She is currently attending St. Joseph's College studying to become a Speech  Pathologist and will be graduating in 2016. Jerlin loves working with children and puts her all into making sure that the children express themselves both artistically and physically.

Larissa Alvarez

Rec Director & Gymnastics Instructor

Larissa has been doing gymnastics since the age of 5, started competing at the age of 7 and has over 10 years of teaching experience under her belt. Her passion for gymnastics followed her through high school where she competed for the Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS girls gymnastics team, as well as college where she was one of the first to compete for the Rutgers University Club Gymnastics team. While at Rutgers she earned a B.A. majoring in Communication and minoring in Theater Arts. Larissa is honored to be a part of the Ms. J's family and is so happy to be able to pass along the magic of gymnastics to all of our students! Click the links below to watch her in action:

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MEET OUR STAFF

Call Us: 1-718-218-7065   /   msjsgym@gmail.com  / 43 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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