With its flagship location residing in Chicagoland, Urban Beat Dance brings the fancy footwork of the Windy City to its second dance school in Brandon, Florida. Beginner classes combine with semiprofessional performance companies for a studio experience that explores a range of modern dance styles, from hip-hop to jazz, break dance, and ballet. Classes cater to dancers of all ages, teaching them basic techniques such as how to spin on your head, perform a box step, or knock someone out with a pointe shoe. A trio of companies for teenage dancers takes the show to outside venues, and Urban Beat Dance caps off its year with a showcase during which performers from both the company and the school strut their moves for a captivated audience.
In a field that sees only 100 new graduates each year, Dr. Obinna Nwobi further distinguishes himself by considering all options for treating vascular conditions to limit hospital stays and recovery times. Together with his staff, he uses surgical, nonsurgical, and minimally invasive methods to treat existing conditions, and educates patients on preventive health to limit risk factors—including obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking. His Doppler-ultrasound-equipped laboratory also limits discomfort when screening patients for strokes, aneurysms, and tolerance for knock-knock jokes. In addition to treating patients across his four office locations, Dr. Nwobi has donated his time and talents to performing life-saving surgery for medical missions in Nigeria.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.
Throughout 45-minute cardio-heavy workouts, certified instructors call out encouragement over the infectious, high-energy music as small groups torch calories during stationary-cycling classes. Exercisers of all fitness levels bestride the shiny fleet of Schwinn cycling bikes, riding at intensity levels suitable to their abilities. Instructors encourage patrons with individual attention, motivating them in a supportive small-group environment that fosters camaraderie and accountability, unlike divvying out the final loaf of bread to fellow survivors stranded on a desert island. While speedily pedaling away, patrons build strength and endurance to videos playing on high-definition screens backed by a heart-pumping surround-sound system. In addition to the exhilarating cycling classes, the studio also challenges patrons with yoga and TRX group-training classes.
Health Coach Donna Miller says her children have always inspired her to better herself, but it wasn't until 2012 that their influence led her to a new career. In December of 2011, her youngest daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 19. While helping her daughter battle, and eventually, defeat the disease, Donna began learning how nutrition and holistic lifestyle changes can not only bolster the recovery process, but lead to a healthier life. Her discoveries inspired her to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and complete her training as a health coach. Through nutritional guidance and life-coaching techniques, she helps her clients restore their bodies' natural balance, improve their mood, and increase their energy without grinding coffee beans into everything they eat.