Within the colorful walls of The Academy for the Performing Arts' 10,000-square-foot facility, enthusiastic instructors instill confidence in the leaders and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Kids benefit from small class sizes and a high teacher-to-student ratio during dance classes such as tap, ballet, hip-hop, and cheerleading, or half-day preschool programs that incorporate dance, music, and visual art. Kids aged 2?4 fine-tune their gross motor and social skills while older children can prepare for recitals or become members of the center's dance company.
The academy also keeps parents in shape with adult fitness classes such as boot-camp sessions led by a personal trainer or high-energy Zumba workouts. The crew hosts children during a bimonthly parents' night out that allows adults to take some well-deserved time for themselves and finally engage in a critical debate of Kung Fu Panda.
Voted a favorite place for party services by Carolina Parent readers from 2010-2013, Bounce U welcomes kids to descend upon an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they can bounce and ricochet in safety. Along with birthday parties and group outings, Bounce U hosts open-bounce sessions that let sock wearers of all ages imagine they're synchronized leapers in a futuristic moon performance as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy with every leap. Adults are welcome to act like 8-year-olds and join the vivacious youngsters in the playground.
The inflatable arena also opens its buoyant doors to technology-themed bounce camps and programs, where boys and girls spend half their time with brain-bolstering projects such as creating their own stop-motion animation movies or reprogramming the remote to skip all news channels. After stretching the limits of their imaginations, kids then spend the other half of the day stretching the limits of their limbs on the inflatable playground.
Through its camps, recreational classes, and competitive teams, Apex Gymnastics helps hone students’ physical skills and mental acuity. A dedication to safety and discipline informs the staff’s approach as they help participants gain strength, flexibility, and the agility to back-handspring to school every morning. In addition to regular lessons, Apex’s coaches offer up birthday parties with gym activities and present-opening time, as well as Parents’ Night Out, which provides a safe environment in which kids can play and allows parents to alphabetize their rock collections in peace.
A conservative, values-driven, European-style classical ballet and contemporary dance school that focuses on cultivating proper technique in a positive, joyful and non-competitive environment. Our director looks at each individual's goals and helps meet those needs.
When not helping businesses build relationships with their clients via the world's most exacting sport, Executive Links, LLC's Raleigh representative, Craig "Hollywood" Mason, improves long drives and short games alike with private lessons. The local golf pro maintains a +3.5 USGA handicap and has qualified for multiple national and PGA-Tour events—and also knows how to access every course's underground gnome casino by wiggling the cup on the seventh hole. Drawing on ten years of teaching experience and a little humor, Mason focuses on each student's most needed areas of improvement, be it imprecise putting or jerky follow-through. Mason will also videotape swings, then break down the footage to point out any kinks that are causing the ball to slice left or detonate on impact. Post-lesson, golfers can show off their newly supple swing with a bucket of balls.
Parents often go to great lengths to help keep their children's passions alive, but most probably haven't opened a gym to do so. When gymnastics buffs Angie and Wayne Meshaw found out that the gymnastics training center their two little daughters attended closed, they opened up their own shop: Peak Gymnastics Academy. They even shipped over the girls' familiar coaches and teammates. Today, these instructors continue to immerse their students in a supportive environment. This time, though, they have a 10,000 square-foot facility packed with shining new bars, beams, and a competition-style bed trampoline at their disposal.
Intensive day-camps and classes teach basic through advanced skills in tumbling and gymnastics, improving flexibility and coordination at the same time as discipline and confidence. Meanwhile, private and small-group training sessions hone specific skills, such as how to somersault through a stuffed-animal tea party without breaking any saucers.