Joyce Willett School of Dance nurtures young dancers in an emotionally, intellectually, and socially safe space. Instructors encourage students to embrace their creative instincts, exploring music through the movement of their body while developing fine and gross motor skills in a supportive environment. Teachers integrate multiple dance styles into classes, from the precise gestures of ballet to the less-structured movements of hip-hop and jazz. The school's theater-arts preschool program cultivates young performers through theater games and role-play that emphasize socialization. Students learn to not only read picture books but to act out their stories and ultimately leverage their adorable dimples into a two-picture deal plus a cut of merchandising.
Optician Bradley Sauceda employs his 25 years of eye-examining experience to astutely assess optical health, educate clients, and recommend solutions. During the no-dilation refraction exam, eyes expose their problems, inner secrets and childhood crushes while strolling a gauntlet of simple tests and examinations. A series of procedures—such as muscle, cover, and manifest-refraction tests—gauge your peepers' performance and ideal prescription, with pupils able to flaunt their particular optical reactions to light.
Doody Free provides services for both waggy and whiskered companions. Pups, matured mutts, or dogs that just want a little time to themselves to build a sandcastle will appreciate the weekday walking service: a 40-minute stroll costs $20, with a $5 charge for additional animals or travel. Social snoutpals will appreciate the play-date service, where Doody Free will match your mutt with a canine companion for a day of playing, fetch, and tug-o-war. Barefoot-ready your backyard with the waste removal service ($8 daily or $24 twice a week).
Austin Children's Theater's executive director, Talena Martinez, knows how to inspire kids: not only do her national credits include youth productions of Jekyll & Hyde and Les Misérables, she has also staged Shakespearean and musical pieces at the Scotland Fringe Festival. Together, Talena and her talented staff of artists nurture the natural talents of kids of all abilities who are eager to explore musical, dramatic, and European theater.
Programs—which range from the intensive Conservatory of Theater to a full roster of summer camps—can help impart a variety of skills, including increased self-esteem, a healthier body image, and stronger performance abilities of future Tony Award winners while ensuring inspirational fodder for acceptance speeches.
Though climbing Mount Everest is a lifelong goal for many mountaineers, the Sherpa people—native to the Himalayan region—regularly scale the peaks, often while hauling hundreds of pounds of supplies. Named to honor these immensely fit people, Sherpa Fitness's CrossFit experts and licensed dietitian strive to help locals progress toward their own ideal physical condition. Trainers blend strength training and cardio in their ever-changing boot camps, which take place in local parks and commercial venues several times a week. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they'll tailor workouts to patrons' preferred exercises and goals. To slim waists and increase overall well-being, dietitian Mandy Seay meets with clients to forge diet plans and discuss ways to combat the strange allure of wax fruit.