Encore Studio's owner and art director, Karen King Flores, is a professional dance instructor certified through Dance Masters of America and a former apprentice of Robert Joffrey, founder of the Joffrey Ballet. Her graceful performances appeared in such esteemed companies as the Houston Ballet and the Richmond Ballet before she opened her studio's doors in the early 1990s. With 25 years of experience teaching dance under her belt, Karen and her talented staff of teachers—who hail from international dance companies, Vegas shows, and the Kirov in Russia—ground each dance class in fundamental skills and proper technique as they teach students to perform original, age-appropriate choreography. Their well-rounded curriculum includes instruction in jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop, a collection of techniques that falls in line with the instructors' priority of letting each participant have fun as they learn. Encore Studio's welcoming, noncompetitive environment allows talent to blossom without fear of judgment from an ambitious old tap shoe.
Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout is fun and fast, yet it exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. Also, many women forge lasting new friendships!
Dr. Kenneth Stoner and his smile-savvy staff whitewash fading mouth fences with a bevy of advanced treatments. After a consultation, the dental exam thoroughly combs the teeth to check for cavities and signs of oral disease, before the digital x-rays provide instant screen feedback, using no chemicals and less radiation than standard x-rays and sub-standard gamma-bombs (a $230 value). Afterward, the doctor clears stray debris away from the enamel exterior of each ivory palace in preparation for their fresh sparkle. With the 45-minute Zoom! teeth-whitening procedure, chompers can go from custard to Casper, lightening by an average of eight shades (a $569 value). In three 15-minute treatments, dental doyens apply blanching gel and then activate it with a special blue lamp, creating a powerful stain-lifting duo. The process leaves immediate and long-lasting whiteness, so clients can exit the chair practicing a grin that's more radiant than a freshly polished light bulb. Patients found ineligible for Zoom! teeth-whitening during consultation may use $100 toward any other service.
The certified instructors of Avani Yoga provide two kinds of support: emotional and physical. The first kind becomes apparent during their Hatha and Vinyasa classes, where a nonjudgmental, familial vibe permeates the room. Small class sizes and personal guidance help students—most of whom have never practiced yoga before—to achieve different milestones. As for the physical support, the teachers provide hands-on modifications for each pupil. These gentle adjustments encourage guests to challenge themselves as they hone their balance, flexibility, and strength.
Equipment: Life Fitness
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques.