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


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. 

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.

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."  

Kaley Cross
Kaley Cross kaley.cross@jaggym.com

Kaley grew up between a couple of cornfields in Minnesota. Throughout her childhood, she always had a hunger for what she didn't know, whether that was learning how to flip, exploring spaces beyond or art. When she was 3 through age 8, she only knew and spoke gymnastics. Her parents pulled her from the sport to experience more outlets of expression. When she returned to compete in junior high, she balanced everything else she loved along with it and has never stopped this hyperactive, buzzing, sometimes crazy approach to life. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and moved to Montana after graduation for some fresh air, mountain climbing, painting in her studio, and to coach all levels of gymnastics. She never wants to grow up and has realized that some of her best teachers were decade(s) younger than her. She learns so much about life from their uninhibited movements, play, ideas, and love. Without this sport she doesn't know if her body could keep up with her dreams, and she is so fulfilled to be sharing her joy of overcoming obstacles, finding confidence, and believing in magic with her favorite population of humans: children.

Ruby Epstein
Ruby Epstein ruby.epstein@jaggym.com

Ruby was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of 4, she started training in Rhythmic Gymnastics in which she competed until age 18. Ruby has an AA in Early Childhood Education and enjoys working with preschool-aged children. When not at the gym she enjoys skateboarding and painting!

Olivia Fowler-Courtney
Olivia Fowler-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.

Kari Gilchrist
Kari Gilchrist kari.gilchrist@jaggym.com

Kari-Anne was born into a family of gymnastics coaches, growing up around the gym. She began gymnasts at the age of 3 and competed until age 16, finishing as a level 9 gymnast. After her competitive career, Kari-Anne began coaching with her mom, and has continued that path for 23 years. Throughout her coaching tenure, Kari-Anne has attended multiple training events and continues to develop her coaching knowledge and abilities. She has coached state champions, regional and national qualifiers, and helped choreograph floor routines for several state champions.

Outside the gym, Kari-Anne earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Sciences from New Mexico State University, is a certified yoga trapeze instructor and spends most of her time in the garden or fishing on the boat.

Clair Hawkins
Clair Hawkins clair.hawkins@jaggym.com

Clair started coaching gymnastics at the age of 13 at her mother's gym in northern California. Since she was so young she started out coaching only the preschoolers, but as she got older Clair moved on to coach recreational gymnastics, competitive gymnastics, parkour, cheer, tumbling, and silks. Clair loves coaching all levels, but her favorite ones to coach are the beginners. She likes the fact that the beginners still have a lot to learn, and how enthusiastic they are about gymnastics.
Clair has always loved physical activity, and she has competed in many different sports including gymnastics, cheer, track and field, parkour, dance, soccer, and swimming. She was a gymnast for 12 years, and she started when she was only 1 year old. Clair was training to be a level 8 gymnast when she decided to stop gymnastics and try competitive cheerleading instead. During her senior year of high school, Clair's cheer team won nationals. After graduating from Woodcreek High in Northern California, Clair studied kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she continued cheering throughout her freshmen year. After earning her kinesiology degree, Clair moved to Southern California because she loves going to the beach and Disneyland.

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. 

Victor Nicosia
Victor Nicosia victor.nicosia@jaggym.com
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 former 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.

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.