The Williams Center was opened in 1972.
Through the support of many wonderful people in the community, we were able to offer the first fully equipped boys and girls Dance and Gymnastics programs in Northwest Arkansas.
In the past 45 years the Williams Center has trained over 40,000 students. We have celebrated 45 Annual Dance Recitals and have three competitive dance teams. We have celebrated 45 annual dance recitals held at the Walton Arts Center and the Fayetteville High Performing Arts Center. Our Competitive Dance Program has earned over 100 regional titles, 26 national titles, and multiple Regional and National top 10 Dancer Awards.
We have sent over 1,845 Team Gymnasts to the Arkansas State USAG Competitions. We have had numerous State and Individual apparatus champions. We have had 203 gymnasts qualify to the Region 3 USAG level 8-10 regional competitions and have had 20 gymnasts qualify to and place at level 9 and 10 Jr. Olympic National Championships. We have had 7 gymnasts receive collegiate scholarships in gymnastics. We are very proud of our program, our facilities and our accomplishments.
Meet the Owners
With Fayetteville as her hometown, Donna has been with the Williams Center from the very beginning. Along with her mother and sisters, Donna helped open the Williams Center as a family owned and operated business 45 years ago. She received her BS in Physical Education and Health from the University of Arkansas where she was also a freshman Razorback cheerleader. Donna was a member of the Arkansas Gymnastics Team where she received one of the first ten scholarships given to women’s athletics at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
After college Donna taught Health and Gymnastics at Springdale High School along with Gymnastics at Central and Southwest Jr. Highs. She also coached Woodland Jr. High and Fayetteville High Schools’ gymnastics teams.
She was the Arkansas USAG State Chairman for 10 years and has served on the Arkansas USAG Board for 25 years. She has been judging women’s gymnastics for 33 years and has held an Elite/National rating for over 26 years. Donna has served as judge for the Big 12 and SEC Conferences; as well as NCAA Regional and National Competitions.
She is a professional USAG Member; USAG Safety Certified; USAG Skill Evaluator; Member of NAWGJ; Member of Arkansas USAG State Board.
Jim’s hometown is Fayetteville. He was raised in College Station, Texas; San Jacinto, California; and lived in Nigeria, Africa. Jim received his BS and MS in Aquatics Ecology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he competed for the UofA’s track team. After college he worked for Texas A&M as a dive master on the Gulf and was a certified NAUI scuba instructor. He was also a dive master for the US Fish and Wildlife in Arkansas.
Jim has been instructing children of all ages for over thirty-seven years. He has been co-owner and operator of the Williams Center in Fayetteville for over Thirty-two. In addition to coaching the Williams Center Team gymnasts, Jim coached the Fayetteville Lady Bulldog Gymnastics team for eight undefeated seasons. Jim is a professional USAG Member; USAG Safety Certified; and a USAG Skill Evaluator. He also holds a Whitewater Rescue Certification.
Jim coaches vault and bars for the Center’s level 3-10 Teams.