Private Instruction

Private instruction can be a wonderful supplement to organized group training. The goal of private lessons should be to enforce specific skills or help gain confidence in a one-on-one setting.  This is especially true for competitive athletes.  In order to maximize the benefit and potential offered by private instruction, private lessons at JAG are limited to a maximum of no more than 2 students.

Private lesson rates at JAG are $125 per hour and $75 per 30 minutes. Payments and scheduling are handled through the front desk. Due to the limited availability of private lesson slots in our schedule, cancellations are not permitted, as scheduled private lessons are non-refundable. Private instruction is a supplement to training, so students MUST be currently enrolled in classes at JAG to be eligible for private lessons.

Instructors listed below are the only JAG Gym staff permitted to do private lessons. For a list of available dates/times and to schedule a private lesson please visit our parent portal or contact a coach directly through their email link below. You can also schedule a private by sending an email to privatelessons@jaggym.com or calling our front office at 310-287-9886.

JAG Gym Private Lesson Staff


Cari Bartholomew
Cari Bartholomew cari.bartholomew@jaggym.com

Cari’s path to JAG began at a young age, with ten years of gymnastics experience and 6 years as a Junior Olympic diver. She also has a background in professional swing dancing, and has danced in various films, music videos, and even for President Clinton at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco. Cari began coaching in Region One Northern California in 1991, and later brought her experience to JAG in November of 2009.  Cari holds a BS degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching K-12 from San Jose State University. She also retains her certification as a meet director, USAG safety certification, as well as first aid and CPR from the American Red Cross. Cari is continually committed to the sport of gymnastics, the sport she feels is the most amazing and exciting sport in the world.

Dianna Banch
Dianna Banch dianna.banch@jaggym.com

Dianna has been coaching since 2000 and has regularly attended gymnastics education clinics from leaders in the industry throughout the years. She is CPR and first aid certified through the American Red Cross, as well  as, safety certified through USA Gymnastics. She has experience with coaching pre-school, competitive gymnastics and everything in between. She is originally from Michigan where she grew up taking dance classes and was a competitive gymnast. 

Dianna loves to joke and have fun with the kids. She is passionate about guiding them to discover their courage and determination from within to triumph in endeavors as big as they can dream! 

When Dianna is not in the gym, she enjoys a good non fiction book, listening to Rock n' Roll and swimming! She is part mermaid. 

Ilia Belov
Ilia Belov

Born in Russia, Ilia Belov attended the Mocow State University for Physical Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Over the course of his 25+ years of coaching he has traveled and taught the sport all over the world. From 1993–2001, he was the head gymnastics coach of Catholic University of Chile and was soon named a coach of the Chilean National Team. He taught both men and women and is proud to have had his athletes competing in the South American Games, PanAm Games, World Cups, and World Championships. A few of his students even have skills named after them in the FIG code of points. This is rare and a prestigious honor.

Since moving to the United States, Ilia has taught in Utah and San Francisco. Over the last decade he lead those programs, and his athletes, to great success as some of them received scholarships to such Colleges as BYU, University of Minnesota, University of Utah, and University of Iowa. He is thrilled to join JAG and to work with our highest level athletes.

Matt Borden
Matt Borden matthew.borden@jaggym.com

Matt was born and raised in Southern California and began his gymnastics training at the age of 16 when he started coaching. Matt is also a sports enthusiast! He loves all LA sports teams that play basketball, baseball or hockey as well as the NY Jets. When not enjoying coaching and watching sports, he loves watching films and considers himself a film fanatic.

Randi Borden
Randi Borden randi.borden@jaggym.com

Randi is from Los Angeles and grew up doing gymnastics. She competed in USAG as both an artistic gymnast and trampoline and tumbling gymnast, and was a state champion. She started coaching at 13 and has been coaching ever since. When she isn't coaching she enjoys acting and cooking.

Erika Brown
Erika Brown erika.brown@jaggym.com


Erika started gymnastics when she was six after falling in love with the sport while watching it on TV. Her passion for the sport quickly grew and she began competing when she was 9. Erika retired as a level 8 when she graduated from high school, but she has never been able to leave the sport! When she was 14 her coach asked her to help teach pre-team classes, and she has been coaching ever since.

Erika taught recreational, developmental and compulsory level competitive gymnastics in Northern California until she was 23, when she moved to San Diego to finish school. There, she earned a BS in Foods & Nutrition, as well as an MS in both Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University; while coaching girls’ competitive gymnastics at the local YMCA. 

In 2014, Erika moved to Los Angeles to complete a dietetic internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and that is when she found JAG! Today, she serves as our Team Director and coaches many of our athletes throughout the week. She loves spending time inside the gym and her favorite part of gymnastics is seeing a child’s face when they’ve learned something new. 

“I have a passion for kids, education, and seeing people live healthy lives! Never have I felt more fulfilled in a job than when I recognize these passions colliding inside the sport of gymnastics."  

Olivia Courtney
Olivia Courtney olivia.fowler.courtney@jaggym.com

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Olivia started taking gymnastics when she was 2.5 years old (after being inspired by her older sister). At the age of 14, she began training to become an elite gymnast and was a US National Team member the following year. in her three years as a US National Team member, Olivia traveled to many different countries representing Team USA. In 2008, she competed at the Olympic Trials placing 10th, and In 2009, became the first Cover Girl Classic all-around champion.

Olivia received a full gymnastics scholarship to UCLA and competed all four years. During her years with UCLA, she received many PAC 12 honors and awards including: PAC 12 Freshman of the Year, bars, floor and two time vault PAC 12 champion, placing 3rd on bars at NCAAs (2012) and 3rd on vault (2013), UCLA Gymnast of the Year (2011) and (2014), and 10 time All-American.

Her previous coaching experience includes Orlando Metro Gymnastics Camp, UCLA Gymnastics Camp, Bruin Gymnastics Academy, and Waller’s Gym Jam.

Tenaya Hazen
Tenaya Hazen tenaya.hazen@jaggym.com

Tenaya has been passionate about the sport of gymnastics since she started  taking lessons as a child. She has been coaching gymnastics since 2008 and worked at Flip Fest Gymnastics Camp in Tennessee alongside Olympians like Nastia Liukin, Svetlana Boguinskaia, and camp owners, John Macready and John Roethlisberger for 5 summers. During her time at the camp, she attended coaching clinics and learned from some of the top collegiate coaches in the country. She has coached girls and boys, team and class, USAG levels 1-10, and worked briefly with Elite gymnasts. She loves working with kids and helping them learn new skills and overcome mental blocks.

Tenaya has lived all over the country; born in Alaska, then moving to California and Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia, memberships from USA Gymnastics and AAU Gymnastics, and is Safety and Risk Management Certified. When not in the gym, Tenaya enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and relaxing at the beach. She also loves to read and paint whenever she has the time and can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand!

Glenn McCuen
Glenn McCuen glenn.mccuen@jaggym.com

Glenn was born in Southern Louisiana and began gymnastics at the age of 6. He was a quick study and after only 3 months, could be seen teaching himself how to do backhandsprings in his front yard. His early accomplishments in gymnastics and parental support enabled him to relocate to Plano, Texas to advance his gymnastics training at WOGA. Throughout his competitive gymnastics career, Glenn would go on to win several titles and eventually be named a member of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Team. During his final year in competitive gymnastics he was named 2008 Texas State Champion and 2008 Region III All Around Champion. The night before his 2008 Nationals Competition, he came down with a severe stomach virus. Against the advice of his parents, he competed the following day and placed 8th All Around, and finished 2nd place on the high bar.

Successfully balancing his academic studies with seven hours a day in the gym, Glenn maintained academic honor's status. In his spare time, he pursued a modeling career while studying acting. He modeled for Dillard's, JC Penney, Abercrombie, Niemen Marcus, amongst others.

After suffering an injury in the fall of 2008, Glenn decided to call it quits and move to Los Angeles. Since then he has landed several roles includingMarmaduke, Nickelodeon’s Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures, Teen Wolfand more. In his free time, Glenn enjoys skydiving, scuba diving and surfing.

Janelle Molin
Janelle Molin janelle.molin@jaggym.com

Janelle Molin joined the JAG family in 2016 but has nearly seven years of coaching experience under her belt. While her main experience involves coaching recreational classes for ages 2-12, she is excited to expand her knowledge to teaching higher level gymnasts. She is a recent graduate of Woodbury University and has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. She hopes to bring her experience and education to help make JAG the best program for students and their families. When she is not in the gym, she enjoys surfing, rollerblading, and taking naps.

Carmen Nava
Carmen Nava carmen.nava@jaggym.com

Carmen Nava comes to us from Venezuela with over 10 years coaching experience in both rhythmic and artistic gymnastics.  She competed in gymnastics until the age of 19 at the collegiate level in Venezuela. Even though the majority of her experience as an athlete was as a rhythmic gymnast, she has had the honor of representing her country in many international competitions.

She graduated from The University of Zulia in Venezuela with a Major in Physical Education, Sports and Recreation. She believes that gymnastics is a sport that has given her so many useful tools for her life. Her goal as a coach is to make all her athletes fall in love, every day with this beautiful sport and to gain as many great life experiences through it as she has had. She can't wait to work with you all!

Janae Nichols
Janae Nichols janae.nichols@jaggym.com

Janae started gymnastics at the age of 6. She competed for 12 years earning quite a few State, Regional and National titles. Janae was on JAG's competitive team as a level 10 for 4 years before earning a gymnastics scholarship to Temple University in 2008. While in college, Janae took up coaching gymnastics clinics and has been coaching ever since. For 8 years she has taught parent child to competitive gymnastics and everything in between. Janae also holds her USA Gymnastics safety certification. While not at JAG, Janae likes to spend her time shopping with her daughter. 

Andrea Orris
Andrea Orris Andrea.orris@jaggym.com

Andrea spent most of her club gymnastics career competing for WOGA (World Olympic Gymnastics Academy) located in Plano, Tx. She was a WOGA team member from 1999 until she graduated high school in 2006. While at WOGA she was coached by current U.S. National Team Coordinator Valeri Liukin and Natalya Marakova. She competed at the Elite level for 1 year before going back to level 10 where she was a multiple-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier. Following her time at WOGA, she earned a Division 1 Full Ride Scholarship to compete for Illinois State University. During her time at ISU, she earned 1st Team All-Conference honors, as well as being named the 2010 Midwest Independent Conference Senior Athlete of the Year. She was also a 1st Team All-Academic selection and the recipient of the university's State Farm Phoenix award. This award goes to one student-athlete from all sports who had to overcome a major obstacle but still make Honor Roll and compete athletically.

Upon graduating from ISU in 2011, Andrea began coaching level's 3-10 at Rising Stars Academy in Bloomington, Il. While working for RSA, she continued to volunteer and choreograph for ISU. In 2014, she was offered an official position as Assistant Coach and Choreographer at ISU. She continued to work at RSA, where she coached multiple State Champions, Regional Champions, and a National Qualifier. She also had her first athlete achieve her ultimate goal of earning a Full Ride Gymnastics Scholarship to a D1 University. In 2017, she chose to continue her club gymnastics coaching career at JAG, with a mission of helping young gymnasts to fall in love with the sport of gymnastics, and to help them achieve their goals as gymnasts, but more importantly guide them into being a good person.

Ryan Quinn West
Ryan Quinn West ryan.west@jaggym.com

Ryan Quinn West is very excited to be returning to JAG Gym as an instructor after being on the road with the second longest running show in Broadway in Chicago history "Jersey Boys".  Ryan did not pick up gymnastics until his early twenties, however quickly came to love the sport and the people involved with it. In addition to gymnastics, Ryan has martial arts, weapons, and stage combat training, as well as stunt skills, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with the inaugural class of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Actor Training Program. He would like to thank Anne, J.R, and Michele for letting a sheep come back to the fold.

Rauza Rafikova
Rauza Rafikova rauza.rafikova@jaggym.com

Rauza began coaching at JAG in 2004 as a USAG Team Coach, however, her gymnastics career began well before that. In 1975, Rauza worked for the Department of Sports Gymnastics of the Uzbek State Institute of Physical Training and Sports.  In 1981 she completed her training and was awarded the qualification of Coach and Teacher. Under her guidance, Rozaliya Galieva was granted a spot on the Soviet Union’s National Team that competed at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. In 1994, Rauza took the position of Senior Coach and Advisor of the Argentine National Team, leading them to many successes including a Bronze medal in the 1995 Pan American Games Team Competition and Silver Medals at the 1991 Pan American Games and the 2002 Sub-American Games. In addition, Rauza has received many coaching honors including “Honored Coach of Uzbekistan” and “Honored Coach of the USSR.”

Tami Strachan
Tami Strachan tami.strachan@jaggym.com

Tami started gymnastics at the age of 12 in an after-school program. She fell in love with the sport and later found a competitive gym, and competed up to Level 6. She started teaching gymnastics when her coach left the gym, and the gym needed a replacement. It did not take long for Tami to realize how much fun it was to teach and inspire kids. She has been teaching gymnastics since 2004. She started her studies in the medical field, but soon realized her passion for coaching and now hopes to someday open her own gym.