Charlene Weirup is the Acro dance instructor here at Gotta Dance. She is a member of the USA Gymnastics and is safety certified.
Charlene began her journey of being an instructor through many different life experiences. Living in a small coastal town most of her life, she began her love of gymnastics at age 5. In high school, she was a high level sprinter and a member of her dance team for four years. This lead to her coaching the team for a year.
Coaching and working with children have always been a big part of her life. Starting at age 16, she was a volunteer recreation coach. She did this for five years. In 2002, Charlene helped put together and co-coach a dance team in which kids from Kindergarten - 12th grade were allowed to participate. In her small community not a lot of families had the opportunity to offer their children dance and she wanted all kids to be able to get the chance.
When Charlene was 24, she started coaching gymnastics at a small gym that had opened. Two years later, having her second child caused her to leave the gym. Her son was born with Autism and this lead to a whole new world of knowledge and challenges. Since the rural area they lived in wasn't the right place for their son to get the help he needed, the family decided to move. In 2004, Charlene and her husband packed up the family and moved to Bend.
After 11 years of being a stay-at-home mom of three, she got the crazy idea to better herself and became a ballet student at the studio. Starting ballet at age 35 was not an easy task, but she loves a good challenge and is very grateful that she made this move in her life.
Charlene is also a strong advocate for Autism Awareness and likes to promote healthy, clean nutrition for children and adults.