Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance?including tap, jazz, and hip-hop?and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two?Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith?have gone on to become Miss America.
As a basket drifts against the twilight, the only sound one can hear is a burner whispering to invisible gas, commanding it to push the carriage higher into the evening sky. At Go Hot Air Ballooning, flights stay close enough to the ground to witness deer wandering the earth, and each excursion—from private rides to tethered convoys—takes off with passengers' well-being in mind. An FAA-licensed pilot with more than 20 years of ballooning experience—and a perfect safety record—takes the helm of each flight, personally confirming each reservation and watching up-to-date weather reports to ensure safe flight conditions. Though the in-air portion lasts only an hour, most journeys take up to four hours in all, allowing passengers to witness such behind-the-scenes action as the pilot inflating the entire balloon with his lungs.
Labzara Ranch?s headmaster, Roseann Lobser, has been a riding instructor for more than 40 years, imparting the finer points of equestrian operation to students both young and old. Under Roseann?s watchful eye, students learn the proper form of riding in the Australian style; English style, which requires that riders keep both hands on the reins; or Western style, which uses only one hand so the other is free to prospect for gold. Also a certified art teacher, her summer camps invite kids 5 years old and up to meet the ranch's ten horses; ride them in parades; and work on painting, pottery, and other art projects once the day gets too hot for riding. The ranch also offers horse riding birthday parties for kids which includes an hour of riding, horse feeding, games, and a party space.
If you ask an engineer what a bridge is made of, he or she might say steel and concrete. But if you ask the owners of Broken Arrow Roller Sports, the response might be polished floors and wheels. The facility doesn't construct bridges, per se, but it is in the business of connecting things–albeit families, friends, and different generations altogether. Groups find a common interest in gliding across the roller-skating floor, which Broken Arrow surrounds with a host of other activities that includes an arcade, a snack shop, and free Wi-Fi. The rink also rents itself out for private birthdays, enabling party hosts to invite as many guests as they want and avoid having to instill the one-in, one-out rule that dominates most other birthday parties.
Broken Arrow Lanes facilitates pin-crushing revelry throughout the week with youth and adult leagues and open-bowling hours on 36 lanes. Flat-screen televisions suspended above each lane display players' scores and heated debates between news pundits and teleprompters. The alley also envelops a pro shop, a redemption-based game room, and a full-service dining area, where patrons can snag handheld meals such as burgers, sandwiches, and pizza slices but not bowling balls.
Ballroom Revolution's certified instructors teach adults and kids that it's easy to dance the ballroom styles. They believe anyone can master ballroom, which they prove during private and group lessons where students grow in grace and confidence. To enhance the self-confidence that pupils earn in lessons, the studio also hosts dance parties where fancy-footed prodigies socialize and show off their moves.