The floating oak dance floor of U Can Dance Studio has been privy to myriad styles of fancy footwork since its inception in 1991, from ballroom and swing to hip-hop, disco, and samba. Stretching across 4,000 square feet, the pristine surface supports the nimble soles of the studio's certified instructors, who expertly lead students of all ages and levels during group classes and private lessons. Public dance parties beckon pupils to show off their newly gleaned skills and pictures of their dog wearing a tutu to one another in an encouraging environment.
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, which is the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, also sees its anthemic tunes represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Australian wunderkind Cody Simpson starts the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
Kids can experience the sensation of weightlessness over and over again at Kids World Gymnastics, which counts an in-ground trampoline amongst its 19,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment. Kids can experiment with backflips an tumbles on the trampoline, which has a foam pit around it to ensure safety. There's also a preschool section where younger kids can play comfortably without the threat of a noogie. Classes feature expert instructors that teach age-appropriate tricks as well as skill-specific maneuvers for gymnastics or cheerleading.
The school is one of the top improv schools in St. Louis—not only because it is the first, but also because of its coveted founding father. Renowned comedian and improv instructor Bill Chott is the main mastermind behind the laughs. Bill is a graduate of the Ivy League improv school The Second City. He put in his time working alongside Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and others before making the leap to screens made of silver and TV particles. You'll recognize his voice from various Saturday Night Live animated shorts, and his unmistakable mug from movies such as The Ringer and Galaxy Quest, and television shows like Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among many others. He's also leant his writing talents to Saturday Night Live and The Dana Carvey Show. This impressive resume translates into a reliable and wealthy source of comedic knowhow, which Bill gladly imparts upon his students, staff, and his own reflection.
Demolition Ball - Adrenaline Zone's inventive twist on team sports challenges players, daring groups of kids and corporate staff alike. In demolition ball, teams face off in a game that blends bumper-car crashing and lacrosse-like ball handling. As they veer into oncoming opponents and shoot goals to the beat of pulsing music and sound effects, live referees provide commentary on action-packed plays and each player's hairstyle. For a dose of on-foot competition, up to three teams can battle in the power-plant-themed laser-tag arena, where players target opponents with laser beams while darting between slate-gray barriers, hoping their foes will be disoriented by the flashing strobe lights. Players test their sneaking skills in The Heist—a museum-themed maze—dodging trip lasers as they attempt to steal a replica of the Mona Lisa without waking a sleeping Leonardo da Vinci.
In their 10th anniversary season, the St. Louis Ballet presents a holiday classic choreographed by Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, a former principal of the New York City Ballet and choreographer of the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Indulge in Tchaikovsky's famous ballet while installing permanent memories of gingerbread soldiers, sugar plum fairies, and peppermint nightmares. Performances take place on the following dates and times, firmly in the depths of the holiday season: