Finding your way in the entertainment industry is a lot like navigating a foreign country—in both cases, a plan is crucial to success. Jordan Mac Studios provides just that to those vying to become actors, recording artists, models, and dancers, nurturing talent of all kinds since 2001. They provide sundry services, including shooting music videos, conducting photo shoots, and organizing music-listening parties so musicians don’t have to blast their tunes through high-school intercoms. The studio also offers dance classes to kids, teens, and adults in a number of genres, including hip-hop, break dancing, and jazz.
The instructors at Al Irish's Shut Up and Box channel more than 14 years of experience into intense circuit-training workouts brimming with dynamic movements and power-packed blows. In addition to variable workout formats such as TRX straps and kettlebells, classes feature live DJ tunes that couple music and fitness better than a mariachi band performing on a treadmill. Captivating laser projections zip and scatter across the gym walls and replace traditionally somber gym decor with an invigorating, club-style atmosphere.
In 1977, David Schwartz had to get his tennis racquet re-strung. Disappointed to find that the service would take three days at the local sporting goods shop, David did what anyone would do: he opened his own place to stock high-quality tennis gear and offer same-day racquet re-stringing.
That original 750-square-foot shop has since turned into the 19,000-square-foot sporting goods emporium that is The Tennis & Golf Company. Over the years, David has expanded his store's inventory beyond just tennis goods—these days it includes golf gear, running shoes, and general fitness apparel from the industry's top brands. The store also features demo areas, where customers can try out new racquets and clubs to make sure they feel comfortable and are not made of plutonium.
At Detroit Academy of Martial Arts, head instructor Joe Graunstadt and his team relay the teachings of Renzo Gracie, the grandson of Brazilian jiujitsu's creator, Carlos Gracie. During training programs, students learn jiujitsu self-defense tactics and related life skills, such as stress management and wood chopping. The academy also schedules mixed martial arts and muay thai kickboxing classes.
If it's difficult to keep track of the various techniques that characterize Kuk Sool Won, that's because it incorporates some part of every Korean martial art: jabs and kicks, throws and grappling, locks, falling, and general body conditioning—even animal-inspired moves and combat with weapons. In addition to the sparring methods, Kuk Sool Won also emphasizes ancient Eastern healing techniques—such as acupuncture, acupressure, and meditation—as ways to build confidence before and after combat. At Kuk Sool Won of Madison Heights, instructors lead classes for all levels, even families.
Actor, dancer, and choreographer Emily Rose and her team of creative instructors foster a love of the arts in students of all ages through lessons in acting, singing, and dancing. The studio's full spectrum of lessons also includes yoga, salsa, and acting, as well as Kids Club classes that synthesize singing and dancing to help kids earn their meals without having to scrub the cable dish. Students are also encouraged to stay after class to collaborate and practice with each other. Monthly parties extend student mingling, and regular studio field trips further instill class camaraderie.: