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C.I.T.Y. Club Gymnastics Academy is Chicago International Team Yurchenko

C.I.T.Y. is Natalia Yurchenko's vision and training facility.  

As owner, Director of Team, and Head Coach of Team Yurchenko , she provides her exceptional background 

as an elite gymnast, World All-Around Champion, and international judge

 to train the elite gymnasts of tomorrow.  She brings world-class gymnastics training to Chicago, a world-class city!

Exceptional Training

USA Gymnastics

All of our staff must receive a Green-Light on their background check. They are also required to pass and maintain the USAG Instructor Certification and First-Aid Certification.

Positive Coaching Alliance

We are an active member of PCA. All of our staff are required to participate in training workshops created to develop "Double-Goal Coaches" and " Better Athletes, Better People"

Staff Training

With regular feedback, staff are trained and challenged to grow as instructors. There is mandatory hands-on training every 2 months to enhance knowledge and creativity.

Prior Experience

All of our coaches come with at least 5 years (and up to 35) of coaching experience and a background in competitive gymnastics.

Always Growing, Always Learning

Natalia Yurchenko

  • Champion                                                               
    1982 - World Cup AA Champion
    1983 - World AA Champion
    2014 - Inductee International Gymnastics              Hall of Fame

  • Innovator  of the Yurchenko Vault
    Innovator of the Yurchenko Loop

  • Over 30 years experience in coaching the sport of gymnastics at a world-class level

  • USA Gymnastics Certifications                      
    -- Professional Coaching Certification
    -- Safety Certified
    --Junior Olympic Team Coach

Viktar Vysotski

  • His career began as a Russian gymnast with national and international experience.  He has over 30 years experience in coaching the sport of gymnastics at a world-class level, including a daughter that was a member of the Belarus National Elite Team.

  • 1980 - School of Olympic Reserve                

  • 1985 - Grodno State University, Belarus      
                 Masters in Mathematics

  • USA Gymnastics Certifications                      
    -- Professional Coaching Certification
    -- Safety Certified
    --Junior Olympic Team Coach

Volha Vysotskaya

  • Her career began as a Russian gymnast with national and international experience.  She has over 30 years experience in coaching the sport of gymnastics at a world-class level, including a daughter that was a member of the Belarus National Elite Team.

  • 1984- Belarus State University                       
                degree in Physical Training 

  • Over 30 years experience in coaching the sport of gymnastics at a world-class level

  • USA Gymnastics Certifications                      
    -- Professional Coaching Certification
    -- Safety Certified

Meghan Hughes

Narvick Garcia

Cody Castle

Matt Hanania  

Bethanne Dulany

Kristen Zamora

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Keith Bukowski has over 25 years of gymnastics experience as an athlete, coach, judge and clinician.  A former nationally ranked athlete, Keith transitioned into coaching during his late competitive years, working alongside some of the best known and accomplished coaches in the sport.  Keith's education in Biology paired with his scientific approach to the sport has earned him several honors including Coach of the Year, State TOPs Director, and was elected to serve on the USA Gymnastics State Board of Directors.  Currently the C.I.T.Y. Club Recreational Director, Keith's experience and knowledge have created a challenging ability based gymnastics curriculum for C.I.T.Y. Club that is certain to help your child push past their physical limits and achieve all of their gymnastics goals.

Stephanie Stroh
(Membership Specialist)

Vera Zhukova
(Ballet Instructor)

  • Diploma  Ballet & Character Dance
    -- Prestigious State Academy of Art and      Culture in Chelyabinsk, Russia

  • Principal Dancer,  1975 - 1981                         
    -- State Ural Folk Choir  Dance Ensemble

  • Former Artistic Director 
    -- The Municipal Children's Dance Theater      in Yekaterinburg, Russia, for 13yrs.

  • Currently
    -- Artistic Director, Instructor for Ballet,      Russian Character Dance, Pre-ballet      and Creative Movement at The Ballet      Academy in Lincoln Park