Dustin Oliver has served as the choir and drama director at Akron North High School and the fine-arts director at Celebration Church, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a performance. Add to that nearly 15 years practicing the guitar, nearly 20 years honing his piano and voice skills, and at least a few minutes humming the theme to M.A.S.H., and it becomes obvious that this artist is a multi-talented whiz. An accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Southeastern University, Dustin is earning his Master’s in theatre from the University of Akron, making him a veritable double threat and a valuable resource for aspiring musicians and actors. When not adding to his own skill set, he leads private and group music lessons in guitar, piano, bass, and voice for students ages 5 and older—as well as private and group acting lessions—following well-established curricula.
Inside the newly remodeled Peak Performance Center, swimmers splash and paddle through the 25-meter lap pool where markers divide the pool into five lanes. Whether learning to swim or mastering a stroke, students as young as 5 drop in for group sessions held throughout the week. In warmer months, families can register for a pool pass to enjoy unlimited jaunts in the water or practice for the July Cannonball Throwdown.
At North Royalton Dance Academy, students from three to 18 years perfect rug-cutting techniques under the trained eyes and expertly whirling appendages of experienced instructors, and weekly adult classes help grownups to stay in shape. More than 10 classes educate students on adroit move-making in multiple levels of modern and traditional dance genres. Ballet builds a solid, traditional foundation on which pupils can construct the rest of their dance education or a house of groove. Hip-hop teaches the vital skills of krumping, popping, locking, and tax-return filing, and Lyrical/Modern/Contemporary places an emphasis on individual expression. Tiny Dance gets the smallest feet moving, and grownups of all levels can test shimmying skill sets in jazz and tap classes for adults, which teach how to responsibly enjoy a fermented grapevine step and how to box-step while balancing a checkbook on one's head. The studio's sprung floors protect dancers' joints as they learn to boogie in time for the annual recital.