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ABOUT US

Freedom Academy was founded in 2015 by a former Ukrainian gymnast Lilly (Esipova) Downs. 
OUR MISSION
-To unleash the potential of every child  
-To help your children  acquire necessary life skills such as discipline, dedication, perseverance, leadership, teamwork and time-management.
-To introduce a healthy lifestyle 
-To teach how to set the right goals and how to achieve them
OUR GOAL
Is to provide a positive, educational, fun and safe environment for your children.

Some facts about us:

We are members of USA Gymnastics since 2015 and AAU since 2018.

We regularly attend USA Gymnastics, AAU and FIG webinars, attend coaches clinics and camps, take educational classes from world-class specialists.

We cooperate with world-class athletes such as Aliaksandra Yakushava (2 Times World Champion, team Belarus)

In house State, Regional and National medalists.

In house certified FIG judge.

We work with athletes and dancers from around the world including celebrities, national champions and world recognized athletes.

We continue growing,educating ourselves and improving our services non-stop.

MEET OUR TEAM
Lilly Downs

FOUNDER AND  HEAD-COACH

"Today I am doing something that is my life's purpose. I am a coach. It's my passion! 
My definition of a coach is someone who inspires, challenges, encourages, supports, and who motivates action and belief within another person." - Lilly Downs
 
  • USA Gymnastics Member (USAG) and AAU Member
  • NJ STATE Levels 3-6 Representative by USAG
  • AAU Educational Director
  • National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine
  • Former Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnast
  • Ukrainian National Cheerleading Team
  • 8 years of coaching experience
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Aliaksandra Yakushava

ONLINE GUEST COACH

  • National Belarusian Team Member 2009-2013 of Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • 2 Time World Champion
  • European Championship Bronze medalist
  • Multiply Champion of International Tournaments
  • 5 Time National Champion
  • Belarusian State University of Physical Culture, Minsk
  • FIG Certified Judge
  • 6 years of coaching experience
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Albina Ghazaryan

BALLET COACH AND CHOREOGRAPHER

  • Acting ballerina performing for NJBallet since 2015
  • Trained at the Armenian National Ballet School
  • Armenian National Ballet as a soloist in 2004. 
  • In 2011, she joined the Israel Ballet company as a principal dancer. Ms. Ghazaryan is a laureate of the Grigorovich International Ballet competition in 2010.
  • Ballet coach with 8+ years of experience