Flying Angels takes flight

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Local tumbling and cheer gym moves into Midland building

By Ashley Sutter

With an aim of highlighting cheer and tumbling in the Shelby County community, cheerleading veteran Angel Meece has opened her own gym in the heart of the Saddlebred region.

Located at 1545 Midland Trail, adjacent to Andrews Pharmacy, Flying Angels Cheer and Tumble opened May 1 and has already generated nearly 50 students in the short time.

Meece said she is living out her dreams.

"I've always wanted to open a gym," she said, noting however that when she moved to Shelbyville three years ago, she learned the community was more focused on dance classes than cheer and tumbling.

"I wanted to change that. I want to make cheerleading a known thing out in Shelbyville."

Currently, the facility offers classes for students from levels one to five and also cheer 101, where students can learn the basics of cheerleading. The all-star program will kick-off in September and run through April.

Meece said she also wants to accommodate the needs of local schools after learning that many of the school teams are traveling to gyms in Louisville to practice.

"I wanted to give them a spot closer to home," she said.

Since opening Flying Angels, East Middle School has noted their plans to come to the new gym for choreography and tumbling, as well as their camp, Meece said. "They are going to do it all at our gym."

As the gym grows, there are other plans in place, including offering private lessons from one of the three staff members, birthday parties, the addition of a springboard floor and the rental of the space and staff to schools and other teams.

Beyond that, Meece said the sky is the limit.

"Hopefully we'll have to expand and get a bigger place and get another floor," she said.

But she's happy with the feedback from the community and the gym's rapid growth thus far.

"I'm really pleased, especially with the support and feedback I'm getting from Shelbyville," she said.

Meece has an extensive background in cheerleading, having cheered for four years on her high school varsity squad followed by 15 years of coaching at Noe Middle School and Auburndale Elementary.

In addition, she spent seven years at Fairdale Youth Cheer, where she grew from went from a coach to league president.

"While president I opened a practice facility and the league grew tremendously," she said.

After moving to Shelby County, the commute proved too much so, with her husband Jack and by her side, the two opened a facility of their own. The couple has been married for 13 years and has two daughters, Summer, 11, and Charlie, 1.

Meece said she is looking forward to watching her business grow.

"I can't wait to share all of my cheer knowledge and experience with the Shelbyville community. We look forward to building relationships with the great families in Shelbyville and the surrounding areas," she said.

Though the first session has already kicked off, Meece said they are still accepting students in all divisions.

For more information, check them out at facebook.com/FlyingAngelsCheerandTumble, send an email to flyingangelscheer@outlook.com or call 432-8133.