Established in 1954 and having garnered the Birmingham magazine 2010 award for Best Dance Classes, Dale Serrano Dance Inc. and its troupe of talented instructors lead children of all skill levels, aged 2–18, in classes ranging from jazz and ballet to hip-hop, tap, and cheer. Budding ballerinas gracefully plié and gallivant about the class, and musical-theater mavens learn the ins and outs of stage performance. Dancers who commit to additional months of vigilant rehearsal and practice can showcase their talents at the year-end recital or opt for impromptu performances at nearby weddings and city-council investitures.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
When not outfitting mouths with dental implants, Dr. Michael McCracken dons his professor’s cap at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and lectures around the world on implant dentistry. Dr. McCracken, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also teaches other dentists how to perform dental implants at Alabama Implant Education LLC. Sessions include live patient surgeries and post-operative treatment plans acted out with sock puppets.
Under a kaleidescope of lights, the polished wood rink of Roller Motion Skate Center shines with entertainment for all ages. Since 1995, the 15,000-square-foot floor has seen the roller skates and blades of young and old during countless birthday parties, family outings, and disco nights. A concession stand offers snacks for hungry skaters, such as wings, pizza, and nachos.
Registered interior designer Ramona Griffin has an eye for color. She has spent 18 years helping homeowners make the most of their interior spaces by figuring out how to work with homes' layout and lighting. She and her team also help their clients protect the environment with sustainable design techniques.