Gleason's Gymnastic School has a long history. Beginning in 1966, Gleason's was a recreational program only. Back then, Larry Gleason and several of his gymnastic friends enjoyed demonstrating and performing. They organized a road show of four men and four women gymnasts. The show included tumbling, trampoline, vaulting, hand balancing, rhythmic gymnastics and comedy all set to music. During the summers the troupe traveled to small Minnesota towns to perform. Between performances they camped and practiced outdoors. Gypsies, characterized as nomadic, with a love for music, dancing and performing seemed appropriate as a description often used to describe the troupe, and the name "Gypsy Gymnasts" stuck. Years later, when Larry Gleason developed a competitive trampoline program, the "Gypsy" name was inherited and the Gypsy Flyers Trampoline Team was born.