About Us

Raelene Schifano

Founder & Coach


Coach Raelene has been doing gymnastics her entire life. She competed in high school and even though she had two gymnastics scholarships; she ended up taking a volleyball scholarship. Right out of college, she started the Fort Lewis gymnastics program and then traveled to Texas, California, Nevada and then back up to Washington. She coached infants to the most elite gymnasts. Gym*Starz Gymnastics opened in 2005 and was successful with a competitive team. In 2011, she shifted her focus to recreational gymnastics and opened Aryal’s Gymnastics. She coaches parent-toddler, preschool, and beginning to advanced gymnastics. Her focus now is the babies and making gymnastics fun and affordable for every family.

Dianna Trotter


Coach Dianna started volunteering at Aryal’s Gymnastics in August 2012. She came to spend time with her Aunt (coach Raelene) and ended up loving being around children. She quickly learned how to coach the parent toddlers and preschoolers and then added the older recreational kids to her resume. While Coach Raelene vacationed in Europe for, Coach Dianna managed the gym and ran it like it was her own business. She loves teaching the children, and we love her!

Aryal Schifano

Coach Aryal, of course, was a gymnast her entire life.  She helped her Mom (coach Raelene) with the little ones and now runs the recreational program.  She is great at creating a fun and disciplined learning environment for the kids. Aryal is hoping to take over her moms business in the future.  She is learning how to manage all aspects of the business – including coaching, administration and more.

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