Pikes Peak Athletics founders Anna and George Heidinger are a real power couple: he's worked for years as a strength conditioning and swim trainer, she as a swim club coach and former Olympic Trails qualifier. But their decades of aquatic achievement haven't made them narrowly focused swimmers whose skin starts shriveling on dry land. In small-group and private lessons, they view even the most advanced students not as swimmers but as "people who swim," and, consequently, take a relationship-first approach to instruction.
The Heidingers are aided by a squad of experienced junior and senior coaches, each certified in CPR, first aid, and water safety—and each extensively shadowed by a head instructor and a benevolent water spirit before being turned loose to instruct on their own. Beyond basic lessons and intensive coaching, staff also organize seasonal swim teams, and lead an annual swim camp that helps students hone the four major strokes and other aquatic competition skills using video playback.
The world's a big place, and filled with delicious things to eat. At the World Food Festival, organizers take the travel out of culinary adventures, gathering more than 60 international artisans at Cheyenne Mountain Resort for a one-day expo of flavors from around the globe. From the local barbecue experts to international coffee roasters bearing fair-trade Ugandan beans, the artisan exhibitors will expand guests' horizons on subjects ranging from wine-making and tea imports to delicate pastry techniques. After discovering fresh sauces at a cooking demo or taking in a live music or dance performance, attendees can pop over to the Market Bazaar. There, they'll find an international array of non-edible goods include jewelry and fabrics.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Classic martial arts instruction
Recommended Age Group: All ages
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Julie Hackler has been immersed in the world of dance and performance for more than 25 years. The artist has choreographed for several theaters, and she has spent time on the stage as a dancer, singer, and actor. Ms. Hackler brings this talent and expertise out onto Reignfall Dance Company's sprung dance floors.
As owner and director of the studio, she leads a dance curriculum for adults and kids as young as 3 years old. Ms. Hackler and her team teach a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. They take an athletic approach to training, believing that the best dancers are also great athletes. To that end, the instructors also teach Pilates and conditioning classes.
High-quality Paul Mitchell products restore and hydrate damaged strands during haircare sessions at Paul Mitchell the School Colorado Springs. Supervised by experienced instructors, stylists-in-training cultivate client relaxation with a 5-minute scalp massage before every haircut, which may also include a scrub with chemical-free salves such as wild-ginger-infused Awapuhi shampoo. The school also strives to give back to the community by hosting regular charity events, and a Green Team aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the 14,000-square-foot campus until it can fit a sleek pair of kitten heels.
Brewing beer used to be just a hobby for Biff Morehead. After coming home from his day job at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, he'd set to work homebrewing. But in 2013, he decided to make his hobby into a full-time vocation: he purchased a commercial brewing setup from a friend, and Smiling Toad Brewery was born. Inside the East Bijou Street brewery, Morehead uses locally sourced hops and grains to craft balanced, drinkable session beers such as the Irish ale, the aromatic Bella Lavender, and the Electric Espresso Stout. With its cozy, comfortable atmosphere, the brewery is a welcoming place to meet old friends or make new ones.