Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
NewPoint Learning is Charlotte’s fastest growing supplemental education center. Our tutoring services support children from kindergarten through entrance into college. Our philosophy begins and ends with our students. We are here to help them achieve personal academic success.
For FlyCarolina, the sky is never the limit. In the last 15 years, they have helped many aspiring pilots learn how to fly with their custom flight-training programs. More than 20 aircraft comprise the school's fleet, which is used to train pilots from beginner through commercial levels. FlyCarolina also offers a private jet charter service. Licensed pilots can take advantage of FlyCarolina's flying club and co-ownership programs. Plane owners can also take advantage of the company?s professional aircraft maintenance services.
Lashaune Tisdale, a graduate of the American School of Protocol, founded The Academy of Etiquette & Charm after recognizing a need for structure and civility in today's fast-changing world. Tisdale teaches kids and adults etiquette lessons on topics including formal dining, personal grooming, and public speaking. She offers lessons for individuals or groups, using curricula that incorporate verbal instruction and presentations with worksheets, arts and crafts, and hands-on, pinkies-up practice.
Tisdale's Darling Young Ladies program—a spinoff of her prepageant program—promotes a positive self-image and better social skills. Her Elite Hostess classes help party planners to hone cooking skills, set elegant tables, and turn any conversation into a friendly "soda" versus "pop" debate.
New York Times best-selling author and National Speakers Association Hall of Famer Jeffrey Gitomer is the bottom-line-minded author of such works as The Sales Bible, Little Red Book of Selling, and Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude. Working with such companies as Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, and the New York Post, Gitomer has made his name synonymous with natural, effective salesmanship while singlehandedly causing a 100% increase in scuba-gear sales to dolphins. In many ways, his selling philosophy boils down to one simple aphorism, quoted by David Dorsey in a Wall Street Journal review: “If you want to be the best salesperson, first you must be the best person.”