Our Team

Who we are, and why we do this. 

Dalena Juárez

Dalena Juárez

Owner & Director

NCCP Level 2 & Certified Active Start

Years coaching: 18

Specialty: Performance, developmental, and pre-competitive streams

Career Highlight: Opening Ritmo Gymnastics in May, 2016

Favourite thing about RG: Seeing athletes and coaches grow into beautiful, strong, unique, and independent women.

Favourite quote: “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” -Erin Hanson

Danielle Veikle

Danielle Veikle

Head Coach

NCCP Level 3

Years coaching: 17

Specialty: Provincial and National level competitive stream

Career Highlight: Completing her NCCP Level 3 Certification

Favourite thing about RG: Getting to know the athletes and their uniqueness, watching them master new skills and celebrating their accomplishments.

Favourite quote: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you greater than any obstacle.”- Christian D. Larson

Angelina Messina

Angelina Messina

Coach

NCCP Level 2

Years coaching: 3

Specialty: Provincial level competitive stream

Career Highlight: Finishing 4th overall at the 2016 Western Championships and receiving the Gymnastics Saskatchewan Athlete of the Year award for the 2015-2016 season.

Favourite thing about RG: How grace and beauty meet sport, and seeing the joy on an athletes face when you have helped them achieve a skill or a goal they have been working on.

Favourite quote: “The definition of success is doing something you love.”

Desirae Giesbrecht

Desirae Giesbrecht

Coach

Gymnastics Foundations & Active Start – Certified

Years coaching: 5

Specialty: Recreational, pre-competitive, and provincial level competitive

Career Highlight: Transitioning from athlete to coach and getting to coach alongside her former coaches.

Favourite thing about RG: Its grace and beauty that is unlike any other sport.

Favourite quote: “The only way to be the best at something is to be the best you can be.”

Katrina Phippard

Katrina Phippard

Coach/Ballet Expert

Years teaching: 7

Specialty: Ballet/dance instruction, development streams

Favourite thing about RG: The way it integrates individual responsibility with teamwork.

Favourite quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle

Kara Wright

Kara Wright

Coach

NCCP Level 2

Years coaching: 13

Specialty: Provincial competitive stream

Career Highlight: Attending 3 Canadian and World Gymnaestradas as an athlete, completing Level 2 certification recently and having athletes qualify to Westerns in her first year of coaching.

Favourite thing about RG: Watching the girls grow personally and artistically, and seeing them master skills by the end of the season they thought they could never do at the beginning.

Favourite quote: “You will never regret reaching your goal, you will only regret giving up and not trying harder”. 

Janae Klassen

Janae Klassen

Coach-in-training

Gymnastics Foundations – Trained

Specialty: Pre-Comp/Competitive

Favourite thing about RG: Its diversity and ability to incorporate both strength and flexibility.

Favourite quote: “A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” -Serena Williams

Kaitlyn Schick

Kaitlyn Schick

Coach

NCCP Level 1

Years coaching: 12

Specialty: Recreational, performance, developmental streams.

Career Highlight: Watching her athletes become coaches themselves and grow into strong and graceful women.

Favourite thing about RG: The community and relationships that are built, making it more than  sport, but a way of growing to become the best athlete, coach, mentor, friend, and person you can be.

Favourite Quote: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Tania Schultz

Tania Schultz

Admin Assistant

Years in RG: 10

Specialty: Volunteering her time for all Ritmo athletes and coaches.

Favourite thing about RG: Being a sport not just valued on exercise and flexibility, but also artistry. It is truly the most beautiful sport.

Favourite Quote: “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire: the size of your dream: and how you handle disappointment along the way.” – Robert Kiyosaki