As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
As its students learn the basics of on-stage performance, SuperStar Performing Arts also shows them what it's like to work together as part of a larger whole. The studio's instructors explain principles of acting, singing, and dancing in musical-theater classes for students of all ages. Throughout the year, the center also produces its own shows—ranging from original works to Broadway musicals—in which everyone who auditions gets a role.
Though the student aestheticians performing the salon and spa treatments at The Academy are still learning their craft, their work demonstrates a keen understanding of it. Under the watchful eyes of licensed professionals, students can showcase their new skills with subtle coloring treatments, wrinkle-erasing glycolic and retinol facials, and precise waxing and sugaring treatments. They also perform haircuts, and when their clients get their salon and spa fix here, the budding stylists don’t have to practice coif work by cutting their parents’ hedges or mashed potatoes—and clients can avoid the high cost of regular salons to boot.