Welcome to Nashville Elite Gymnastics (NEG), home of your favorite gymnastics programs. Owner, Marie Mastrodonato, runs a couple businesses here in Middle Tennessee, and NEG is the umbrella to all of them. It is our mission to provide children with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in a safe and positive environment.
In January of 2016, Marie got the opportunity to pursue her dream of owning a gymnastics business when she started a Mobile Program in Chattanooga, TN. Due to the high demand for this activity, she relocated the business to the Williamson County area in 2017. By January of 2018, Marie Co-Founded Nashville Elite Gymnastics (NEG) as an outlet to further grow the interest of gymnastics by developing multiple programs to meet the needs of different families throughout the community.
Our Core Values
About Our Curriculum
The NEG Curriculum is strategically designed to meet the needs of every individual and allow students to progress at their own pace. While each program and level within is outlined by appropriate skill progression, our curriculum transformed the process of development to ensure each child reaches their fullest potential.
The success behind our technique stems from multi-functioning stations that our certified coaches create for each class. Coaches are trained to be flexible, creative, and progressive in correlation with the curriculum. This provides students with the opportunity to grow in a safe and positive environment, while enjoying the fun of new exercises.
Create an environment where children have fun, get fit, and build self-confidence.
Respect the talents of each individual by developing students at their own pace.
Ensure excellent communication to our customers.
Provide transparent viewing opportunities.
Owner & Co-Founder
In 1995, just a few months before her second birthday, Marie was introduced to gymnastics through a Parent-Tot class at a local gym in Bartlett, Illinois. Her parents, Dominic and Valerie Mastrodonato, thought it would be a great opportunity for her to get some exercise. Little did they know, this was love at first sight for Marie.
By the age of 5, Marie’s parents tried to introduce her to different sports, but there was no such luck. She would sit in the middle of every soccer field, basketball court, or dance room, refusing to participate. In Marie’s eyes, gymnastics was the only option, and she wasn’t going to settle for anything less. “For such a sweet little girl, she sure was stubborn when it came to gymnastics,” Valerie said jokingly. “There was a time when her father and I had to encourage her to talk about other things. We’d ask her about school and girl scouts, but nothing lasted long enough to be an actual conversation.” Gymnastics was Marie's passion, and it filled every ounce of her petite body.
Her career lasted a solid sixteen years, training at the highest Junior Olympic level at some of the most prestigious gyms in the United States. Unfortunately, she ran into a few too many obstacles along the way, and had to retire early due to a career-ending injury. But it’s like they always say, “you can take a girl out of the gym, but you can’t the gym out of the girl.”
This injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because a week after she declared retirement, she found herself back in the gym…coaching. It was a new and beautiful perspective that had her falling in love with the sport all over again.