Athletic gym moves into the neighborhood

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Cutline: Jennifer Ritchlin, center, with her Grand Overall National Champion cheerleading team. Ritchlin is the owner of DTC Global Athletics, which recently moved to Westminster from Thornton.
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After 10 years in Thornton, owner of DTC Global Athletics Jennifer Ritchlin moved her all-inclusive learning facility to Westminster, in hopes to not only grow her customer base but also provide a place for people young and old to experience the joys of dance, cheer and tumbling. The new location is at 11025 Dover St. # 500 in Westminster.

“We really just outgrew our previous space in Thornton, so now we are excited to be in Westminster,” she said. “We saw a huge growth opportunity in Westminster, a place that is also in need of our services because there is no other dance or cheer facilities within five miles of us.”

DTC students can take a variety of classes in dance, including tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop as well as classes in cheerleading and tumbling. Ritchlin, who grew up dancing, cheering and tumbling, said the new facility now features a full spring cheerleading floor which is a major benefit to not only those in class, but for students on the competitive All Star Cheerleading team.

“What is great about our gym is that we offer competitive and non-competitive programs for any age,” she said. “Parents can choose what is best for their child, whether that’s just a couple classes a week in dance or unlimited classes for a child who is competing.”

With so many classes to choose from, one may be overwhelmed with which class to take or which class to enroll his or her child. To help navigate the choices, Ritchlin offers a free week of unlimited classes to potential students.

“We are the only studio in the state that offers a full free week trial,” she said “I want people to have the opportunity to try every single class if they want to and find that sport or skill that they really love and want to invest more time in.”

Part of Ritchlin’s focus is teaching children and adults skills and technique, but another big focus is creating a family atmosphere within the gym. She said at DTC Global Athletics, everyone is one big family with team bonding events, and for many youngsters, the gym becomes like a second home, a safe place for them to make new friends and grow self-esteem, she added.

“Being in an environment where everyone is welcome and accepted can really do something great for a child’s self-confidence,” Ritchlin said. “We preach all the time about the importance of family and friendship and also how to become better citizens.”

Ritchlin also offers scholarships to students who decided to further their dance, cheer or tumbling careers after high school.

For more information on DTC Global Athletics, visit www.dtcglobalathletics.com.

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