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Peak Performance Studio expands programs in two new locations at the Diamond Run Mall

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 2013-2014.
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 Tedesco.

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 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.