Sonshine Academy nailed the landing when it came to Faulkner County’s Best of Gymnastics.

Owners Elise Rose and Scott Wright started the business in fall of 1991 and have thrived as a place for people of all ages to practice various activities such as gymnastics, dance, cheer and tumbling.

"We have an incredible staff and the most amazing facility," Elise Rose said. "It’s just an awesome, fun place to be."

Elise Rose said that their instructors work hard to balance fun with competition.

"We play to win but we don’t win at all costs," she said.

There are opportunities for children to concentrate on the fun of gymnastics on the recreational track, and the gymnasts who want to take it one step further can join in the competitive track.

Sonshine Academy has three to four camps each week during the summer months. The regular schedule will begin Aug. 19 with classes for people ages 18 months to college ages with some additional classes geared toward adults.

The facility itself stands out, Elise Rose said, because it accommodates so many different activities.

"It’s hard to run all over town so it’s good for parents to have one place to do all those things," she said.

The facility also features a new expansion, to which one four-year-old exclaimed, "Sweet mother of mercy, that is awesome," at the unveiling, Elise Rose said.

Sonshine Academy is at 2415 Donaghey Ave. For more information and a full class schedule, visit

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