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.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
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.