Cheerleading gyms are only as good as the coaches who teach in them. That's why we put an emphasis on quality, well-rounded people to work at our facility as well as the skills they posess. We are proud of the acheivements of our staff in and out of the gym and encourage our athletes to seek a balance in their own lives.
 

 

Meet Our Staff

Stephanie Grafstein

Stephanie is co-owner and office manager of CheerAcademy. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Public Relations. After moving to the Atlanta area in 1992 she began coaching gymnastics.  She has coached both compulsory and optional level gymnastics for the past 15 years. Stephanie also holds a level 10 rating as a gymnastics judge and is USA Safety Certified.  Because of her strong gymnastics background, Stephanie has a unique understanding of the importance of careful skill progression and technique.   

 

Alisa Kiefer

Alisa is co-owner of CheerAcademy. Alisa has been actively involved in and coaching cheerleading and gymnastics for 18 years. She started out as a dancer for Center Stage Dance Company where she won numerous national dance titles in ballet, tap, jazz, character, and acrobatic. While still dancing Alisa took up gymnastics. She participated competitive gymnastics through level 8. Alisa attended SequoyahHigh School where she cheered all four years. During high school Alisa also cheered competitively for Cheer Tech and Pro-Cheer All-Stars. Alisa attended Valdosta State University where she cheered her freshman and sophomore years. She has taught competitive gymnastics for 12 years from two year olds to AAU Level 4 and Level 5 along with Prep Optional. She has been running a competitive cheerleading program for the last 9 years. Since that time the teams in her programs have won countless regional and national titles including 7 Cheersport National Titles and 5 UCA National Titles.  Alisa's other accomplishments include coaching a senior team to the Cheerleading World Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.  Alisa is also one of the first coaches in the state of Georgia to become a credentialed member of the USASF (United States All-Star Federation).  Alisa recently became a certifited judge for Varsity events.  A mother of two, Alisa has a unique understanding of the daily challenges faced by the parents at our gym.

 

Mike Saylors

Mike has over 14 years of gymnastics and cheerleading coaching experience. His long list of credentials include three time NCA All-American Cheerleader. While in college Mike was captain of the cheer squad at the University of South Carolina Akien. He then became a member of the varsity cheer squad at the University of South Carolina. Mike has been a head instructor for cheer summer camps for NCA/CCA and US Cheer. Mike was also the personnel director at US Cheer. Mike was assistant coach for the national champion Aiken Elite All-Stars. He has been a long time coach for CardinalNewmanHigh School in Columbia, South Carolina where the varsity and junior varsity teams have won three state titles. Mike continues to better his cheerleading educating by competing in the open all star division at cheerleading events. In 2000 he became a judge and since has judged numerous competitions at the state and national level. To round out his career Mike coached the men’s gymnastics team for Gymnastics Gold in Augusta Georgia and is USAG safety certified. Mike is also one of the first coaches in the state of Georgia to become a credentialed member of the USASF (United States All-Star Federation).  Mike has also coached numerous level 5 teams to the Cheerleading World Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.  More recently Mike became a certified judge for Varsity events.

 

Dennis Hardenburg

Dennis has been with Twisters for over 7 years and is loved by all!  He comes from a gymnastics background and has coached at some of the top programs in the nation including Stingray All-Stars and World Cup.  Dennis spots and coaches all ages and levels of tumbling. We are fortunate to have him as a part of our successful program.

 

Dan Kiefer

Dan has been coaching cheerleading and tumbling for 14 years and currently serves as our Allstar Tumbling and Marketing Director.  He cheered for IowaStateUniversity where he earned NCA All-American Honors and was voted captain of the Competition Squad and led his team to NCA College Nationals.  During college he traveled the country teaching private cheerleading camps to highschools and colleges as a head instructor for American Cheerleading Federation.  After graduating, Dan moved to Atlanta to manage a cheerleading facility. Since being in the cheerleading business full time, he has coached high school, all-star and recreation teams to several regional and national titles.    

 

Josh Buck

Josh began his cheerleading career with the co-ed team at Central High School.  Josh also cheered competitively for Twisters for two seasons.  After graduating high school Josh came onto Twisters staff as a tumbling instructor.  Josh is a great motivator and can spot and teach all levels of tumbling from a forward roll to a double full.   Josh assists in coaching our all star teams as well as some of the recreational teams that we work with.  

 

 Al Anderson 

 

Shara Cobb

 

Jake Fricks

 

Elisabeth Dawe