With its award-winning book, My Body Is Special and Belongs to Me!, KidSafe Foundation uses easy-to-understand material to cultivate a discussion about sexual abuse and personal safety between adults and children. The book is designed as a resource for school guidance counselors and is worded to help students of any age understand the sensitive concepts. Topics include the distinction between appropriate and inappropriate touching, what to do when presented with a hazardous situation, and how to ask for help. A special section dedicated to caregivers and faculty helps broaden adults' knowledge of identifying and discussing abuse. The program has reached 20,000 children and more than 5,000 adults through its Southern Florida initiatives, and aims to expand distribution to more elementary schools within the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach areas.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, RedFoo and SkyBlu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," whose bouncy swagger dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. The band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
More than 130 cast members pirouette across a wintry stage to recreate the classic, fantastical children's ballet tale that has drawn sold-out crowds for the last 12 years to the Coral Springs Arts Center. From enclosed balcony seats inside the 1,471-seat theater, audiences follow Clara, a young girl who shrinks into a dreamscape beneath her family's tree on Christmas Eve. The enchanting score by Tchaikovsky whisks ears through flakes that flutter and zambonis that drive Clara and the Nutcracker Prince across the Land of Snow. Eyes chase the elaborate choreography as dancers leap over the stage during famed scenes such as the battle between the toy soldiers and evil Mouse King. When the Sugar Plum Fairy escorts Clara and her prince through her own kingdom in the second act, hearts will swoon and tongues will mimic doormats before the pixie monarch's sugar-encrusted slippers.
Power lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and jumping rope. These are several tools CrossFit uses to facilitate fitness, but not all of them. At CrossFit Wellington, coaches employ the system's medley of exercises to create a comprehensive workout. That workout features constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. In short order, it builds total-body fitness—enhancing strength, stamina, and agility. Instructors change workouts daily, too, to keep boredom from sneaking in and ruining motivation. Motivation, actually, is another tool of CrossFit, and CrossFit Wellington's staff of trainers knows just how use it to keep everyone on track and inspired to achieve goals. And, since workouts can be adapted to anyone's abilities, CrossFit is ideal for all fitness levels and ages. An inclusive system by nature, trainers further its accessibility by offering beginner's classes and even kids' programs.
Caliente Kitchen blends a lively menu of zesty south-of-the-border bites with an alluring part-restaurant, part-nightclub atmosphere. For starters, guests can occupy a gabby tongue with a gift of made-to-order guacamole ($12) before crunching into a piquant plate of veggie tacos, loaded down with peppers, onion, mushrooms, and fresco cheese, and accompanied by rice and beans ($10). The enchiladas de mole verde invigorates lethargic appetites, making relishable ripples on a sea of taste buds with tangy green mole sauce soaked into tortillas rolled around pulled pork or chicken-breast stuffing ($14). Prepared with chicken ($15), pork ($16), or steak ($17), a traditional mexicano burrito brings meat, beans, and pico de gallo to meet cheese and sour cream, a mouthwatering mashup that ends in tragedy shortly after the five ingredients start getting along.
The stylists at Magic Beauty Hair Spa Dance have to be especially mindful when applying hair extensions—there's always a chance that their clients will test them by twirling in the next room. That's because the combination salon and studio complements its cosmetic treatments with cardio-dance workouts. The dual approach bolsters confidence on two levels, flattering physiques with spa services and melting calories with upbeat Zumba, ballroom, and belly-dancing classes. From expert hair colorists to seasoned dance instructors, each staff member brings his or her expertise to bear on the health and beauty menu. The versatile venue also rents out its reception hall for occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and independent workshops.