Meet the Staff

2018 Best Gymnastics Instructors

Owner: Sara Trindade MFA


Sara Trindade is the founder/director of InMovement . She moved to Philadelphia ten years ago to attend Temple University, where she pursued and received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography in 2006. Sara resided in Montclair, New Jersey until she ventured to Massachusetts to receive her BS in Psychology, with a minor in Dance, in 2002 from Springfield College. Before dancing, Sara was a successful Level 9 competitive gymnast participating in state, regional and national competitions all through her youth. Sara went on to become an asset to the Springfield College Gymnastics Team, winning college awards and ranking nationally. Her dance and gymnastics teaching career began at the age of 14 and she has been honing her skills ever since. Sara has taught, choreographed and developed programs for YMCAs, preschools, high schools, Synagogues, camps, gymnastics centers and dance studios. She has taught numerous dance related classes as an adjunct professor at both Temple University and Rowan University. Sara is also an advanced  yoga practitioner and enjoys incorporating what she learns into her teaching and programming. She is passionate about physical movement and tries any new activity that comes her way in order to share it with her staff and students. Creating Philly InMovement is a dream realized and she enjoys every second of it!







Maia Rusco: Class Manager

Education: BA from Temple University in English/Creative Writing

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Handstand

Hobby: Cats, online shopping

What Inspires you: Watching children learn and grow!

What I do at InMovement: I oversee all school aged classes, curriculum development and day-to-day operations at InMovement!





Anna Gott: Team Head Coach & Adult Program Coordinator

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Hometown: Marlborough, Connecticut

Education: BS Exercise Science from Temple University, Entrepreneurship minor, CPR certified

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Aerial

Hobby: Weightlifting, baking, hanging out with my dog

What inspires me: Meeting new people and watching both children and adults learn/grow through the sport of gymnastics.

What I do at InMovement: I am the team head coach for our competitive level 3-5 gymnasts. I have also developed and coach the fast-track program, which includes the Sparklers, Firecrackers and Hot Shots classes. Additionally, I lead birthday parties, teach private lessons for all ages and coordinate the adult program at InMovement!





Shannon Donovan: Xcel Head Coach & School Aged Curriculum Development

ShannoninstructorbiopicHometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Education: Integrative Physiology at University of Colorado, Boulder, Nationally Registered EMT

Favorite gymnastics skill: Giant

Hobby: Boxing

What inspires me: My Mom <3

What I do at InMovement: I help to develop our school aged class programming and teach Mini Rollers, Short Wheelers, Introduction to Gymnastics, Gym 1, Gym 2, Gym 3, Pre-Team, Xcel Team, Tween Gymnastics, Adult Gymnastics. I also coach our new Xcel Team.



Sophia Hernz: Administrative Manager
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Hometown: Kennett Square, PA

Education: BA in Dance at University of Colorado at Boulder

Favorite Dance Skill: Inversions

Hobby: Dancing, tree-climbing, painting, and baking

What inspires me: Watching our kiddos learn to support each other, find creative solutions to problems, and giggle!

What I do at InMovement: I coordinate all things administrative including manning the front desk, organizing registration, client communications, and handling payments.  I also teach our creative movement class: Move Your Body!





Hayley Overturf: Birthday Party Coordinator

HayleystaffbiopicHometown: Norwich, CT

Education: BFA Acting, The University of the Arts

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Round Off

Hobby: Riding my bike, exercising, tap dancing, and playing with my dogs!

What inspires me: I am most inspired when those around me pursue their dreams and never give up!

What I do at InMovement: I am the point person for all things birthday-related and I teach parent/child and preschool classes at our studio.


Allison Rovensky: Parent/Child and Preschool Curriculum Development

Hometown: Flemington, NJ

Education: Graduated from Goucher College in 2013, studied Anthropology and Peace Studies

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Front Walkover

Hobby: Knitting, gardening

What inspires me: Inside each of us there are millions of possibilities, and teaching gymnastics and watching the students find those possibilities in themselves and make them realities is one of the best things to see.

What I do at InMovement: I update and revise our curriculum for parent/child and preschool classes. I also teach parent/child and preschool classes, FUNdamentals, and Tween Gymnastics, and facilitate our MOVE After School program!


Alissa Zrein


Education: BS in dance at Drexel University

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: handstand

Hobby: pilates, yoga, hanging out with friends

What Inspires you: I’m inspired by driven and passionate people pursuing their dreams. I am inspired by people investigating who they are, they’re environment, and their bodies through movement.

What I do at InMovement: I assist with birthday parties on the weekends!


Alex McCormick


Hometown: Jamison, PA

Education: BFA in Acting/Theatre Arts (University of the Arts)

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Cartwheel

Hobby:  Watching Movies

What inspires me: Watching students who get back up and work at a skill again after falling only a moment before

What I do at InMovement: Preschool and School aged classes and Ninja training



Caleb Dafilou

Hometown: Pennington, NJ

Education: B.S. Health: Science, Society, and Policy, Brandeis University,

In Progress: Masters of Public Health, Jefferson University

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Back Full!!!

Hobby: Hanging out with my dog and making cool sculptures

What Inspires me: I am inspired by people who help one another. There is nothing better than seeing students respectfully encourage one another and then sharing the joy when they make a new skill!

What I do at InMovement: I teach ninja classes and school aged gymnastics!




Chelsea Prunty

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Hometown: Prince George’s County, Maryland

Education: University of the Arts Philadelphia/ BFA in Modern Dance

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Front handspring

Hobby: Singing

What Inspires you: My two boys inspire me to be the best version of myself. Having two little ones makes me work hard to achieve  all my dreams.

What I do at InMovement: I teach gymnastics to preschool and after school kids.






Elaine Little

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Hometown: Frederick, MD

Education: Currently a freshman acting major at the University of the Arts

Favorite gymnastics skill: Front walkover/ Front Aerial

Hobby: Acting and Dance

What Inspires Me: Good movies, music, genuine people

What I do at InMovement: I teach school-aged gymnastics classes and Pre-Team.





Lorena Johnson

L. JohnsonHometown: Decatur, GA

Education:  Rutgers University

Favorite Gymnastics Skill:  Aerial

Hobby:  Reading

What Inspires Me:  The chance to be a positive influence in lives of young gymnast.

What I do at InMovement:  I coach on Saturdays.

Melissa Johnson


Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education: Bachelors in business management, minor in small business.

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Handstands and pull overs

Hobby: Exercising and cooking

What Inspires me: People that help other people!

What I do at InMovement: I am a teacher for all levels (infant to adult classes).  I am a specialist (and  have a blast) with birthday parties!



Sabrina Canas


Hometown: Fanwood, NJ

Education: Currently studying for my BFA in dance performance with a minor in business at the University of the Arts.

Favorite Gymnastics Trick: Headstand

Hobby: dancing, hiking and watching movies

What inspires me: Watching others working hard to achieve their personal goals and watching students grow from day to day!

What I do at InMovement: I assist with birthday parties on the weekends!



Teresa Dabback


Hometown: Pottstown, PA

Education: Film and Media Arts Degree at Temple University

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Side Aerial (no handed cartwheel)

Hobby: Gymnastics, Filmmaking, Rock Climbing

What inspires me: Watching kids/adults accomplish new skills while furthering themselves in the sport.

What I do at InMovement: I teach School-Aged Classes, Mini Rollers and Short Wheelers, Team, our Adult Tumbling Class, Fitness ABCs, assist with Teen Fit and offer private lessons for all ages and levels.