About us


Eleanor Cole Academy of Dance, Gymnastics, and Cheerleading is excited to celebrate over 67 years in the community! Under the direction of Tracy Navas, Cole Academy offers dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading with recreational classes and competitive options for all 3 programs. Cole’s current facility boasts a fully equipped gymnasium, 3 dance studios, and many newly remodeled amenities. The gymnasium includes a spring floor, tumble track, bars, beams, vault and a foam pit. Twenty foot ceilings allow cheerleading students to learn skills and stunts at the highest levels of difficulty. Three spacious dance studios can accommodate a large variety of dance classes throughout the week. Cole’s highly experienced and knowledgeable staff create a safe and fun learning environment, and the family-oriented atmosphere helps to promote teamwork, positive relationships, and a sense of pride among all Cole Academy students!

Cole Academy is proud to offer a recreational and competitive dance program that trains dancers ages 2-18 to be well-rounded in all areas of dance. For dancers who want to have fun learning tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and/or hip hop at a minimal level of commitment, our high-quality recreational program is just the thing for you! Cole also offers a Performing Line program which allows dancers to train and compete in all styles of dance at an intermediate level of commitment. The Cole Dance Companies, available for dance students who are interested in pursuing dance more seriously, include the Baby Cole Kids, Cole Kids, Junior, Teen, and Senior companies. These companies have traveled across the country competing in a variety of talent competitions and consistently finish among the top ten highest scoring competitive groups at the national level. No matter what you are looking for in dance program, we have a place for you here at Cole!

Cole Academy has an extremely popular recreational gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading program for children ages 1-18. Whether your child loves to jump, flip, or roll, or wants to get that backhandspring for cheerleading try-outs, there are a variety of classes for every age and ability level to choose from! Cole also offers progressive intermediate-advanced level classes that help prepare students who may be interested in competing gymnastics or cheerleading. The competitive Gymnastics Team, the Cole Twisters, continues to produce well-rounded gymnasts who are qualifying and competing at USAG State meets. The Cheer Out Loud Extreme All-Star Cheer Squads, which consist of the Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, and Senior All-Stars, have grown into a nationally recognized program and have won many National and International Championships. Cole Academy is also very excited to continue their volunteer Special Needs Cheerleading program, which has provided numerous performance and competitive opportunities for cheerleaders in the community and statewide!

Each year our students enjoy performing in our Winter and Summer Recitals, which have drawn audiences of thousands for years! Cole Academy also enjoys performing for other events around the community such as the Ball State Homecoming Parade, the Muncie Community Christmas Sing, and the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters “Dance for Kids' Sake” charity event. Recently we were very excited to announce that we will be EXPANDING! Cole’s future home will be located at the corner of Morrison and Bethel in Muncie, and will feature state-of-the-art dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading facilities, and so much more. We hope to see you at Cole Academy soon!