RUTLAND - Going into their sixth year, Tracy Tedesco and Cara
Gauvin of Peak Performance Studio are expanding to their studio to
the Diamond Run Mall while keeping their space at the Howe Center
for their fitness classes. The move comes as demand has filled
their currently location wall-to-wall for every time-slot, Tedesco
explained. Peak Performances offers cheer, dance and fitness
classes to children age 3 (or potty-trained) to adult.
Tedesco and Gauvin will remain a cohesive team, with an
impressive over 44 years of coacing combined.
The duo opened Peak Performance Studio in 2007 with a desire to
take cheerleading to a higher level. Working for the Rutland
Recreation Department program together had opened their eyes to a
greater need within the community and that became the impetus for
creating Peak Performance Studio.
Peak began with only two all-star cheer teams and a few
minimally attended fitness classes, but it has grown exponentially
since then, says Tedesco. The two teams have grown to five all-star
cheer teams and they expect to field seven teams for
In addition to cheerleading, Peak has expanded to include strong
dance and fitness classes for the community. "Zumba Fitness changed
everything!" Gauvin and Tedesco say. "We've gone from a handful of
small classes, to over 20 classes held weekly."
Peak Dance will be located in what was formerly 'American Eagle
Outfitters' at the Diamond Run Mall. Gauvin and Tedesco are
thrilled to welcome "the incredibly talented and much loved, Paula
Gregory," to the studio. Gregory will teach dance classes for all
ages. The dance program will hold regular classes and feature an
end of the year "Showcase."
Gauvin and Tedesco are also thrilled that the Competitive Hip
Hop team, which took a National Title last year at the Minuteman
National Competition in Worcester, Mass., will go for another first
place title this year and they have added a competitive Pom and
Jazz team as well.
"Peak Cheer is expected to be moving into the old 'Deb' location
at the Diamond Run Mall in the next few weeks," Cara Gauvin said.
Although practices have started, new students ages 3-18 are being
accepted for all teams.
Much like an all-star baseball or football team, all-star cheer
teams unite talent from many different schools, communities and
counties. These teams practice and work hard to create a powerful
routine that incorporates many skills including jumps, tumbling,
tosses, stunts, pyramids and dance. They are judged on level of
difficulty, synchronization, safety, and performance appeal.
"We really want to help cheerleading grow throughout Vermont,
not just our local schools," says Tedesco, it's an on-going
mission, but one that has already been successful.
"We've had kids that travel over an hour from both the north and
south to cheer on our teams," Gauvin said of the current programs.
"We hope to continue to spread the word that we are Vermont Cheer,
not just Rutland or MSJ."
"Peak Fitness isn't going anywhere," explains Tracy Tedesco,
referring to their location at the Howe Center. In addition to the
ever-popular Latin inspired Zumba® classes, Peak also offers a
toning class called TNT (tone and tighten), strength training, a
B&B Challenge on Saturday mornings, Zumba® in the chair
and Tedesco's new favorite class BodyShred®, which will be
offered starting, Oct. 1, seven days a week.
"BodyShred® is a 30 minute class that is fast-paced… every 30
seconds you change," Tedesco explains. The actual class is preceded
by a 15 minute preview which is essential for a successful class
experience. "People are already juiced as everyone hasn't seen it
yet! I know it's going to be a huge hit!" she said.
Participants join Peak for many reasons, but stay because they
have fun, feel supported and like the fitness results, says
One participant explained her experience saying, "Tracy, I was
telling someone about the gift you offer; thank you. You offer a
safe haven for an older woman, or women not in great shape, to
dance alongside very fit women and not be made fun of. Acceptance
by all to express oneself. To exercise and have an hour not to
think about the world, but to think of oneself. That is a
gift. Thank you for providing the space and the leadership to
exercise and keep healthy!"
For more info call 802-773-PEAK or visit
www.PeakPerformanceStudio.net. For more info on BodyShred visit:
Photo by Polly Lynn
Pictured (l-r) Owner Cara Gauvin, Dance Instructor and
Director Brittany Cavacas, Owner Tracy Tedesco.