Masha Kozhushko

Xcel Team Coach

I was drawn to rhythmic gymnastics because it built on the dance foundation I acquired in Ukraine and allowed me to explore new ways to grow as a choreographer and a dancer. I fell in love with teaching and dedicated myself to improving coaching skills over the past few years. Having professional ballet background and pedagogical education helps me to give my students a strong skill base and help them to understand, feel, and control their bodies very well. My goal is to make my students stronger – not only physically, but also mentally. In our gym, we learn much more than just gymnastics skills. We learn about friendship, determination, and self-motivation. Seeing my girls’ excitement when they reach new skills, their love of the sport, the connections they have inside the team is what I love most about being a coach.

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian