At Coppell ATA/Karate for Kids, every student is given the tools they need to succeed in martial arts. Owner and fourth-degree black belt Christy Jackson, expects all of her students to work hard at building both strength and life skills. She and her team of black-belt instructors teach kids and adults tae kwon do and self-defense techniques.
The instructors are passionate about helping students flourish, which is something 13-year-old Andrea's mom can attest to. Andrea has down syndrome, but she is a black belt who is able to break a board with her foot and her hand. At first, her mom was wary about signing her up for martial-arts classes. Andrea had actually taken them before but didn't do very well. Yet at Coppell, the youth martial-arts instructors held her to a high standard, treating Andrea as a "student, not as someone with a disability," said her mom in a testimonial, and she was able to succeed.
Dale Smart didn't expect to open Pleasures Past Carriages. But, when they signed up to learn about harnessing, driving, and caring for horses, they not only rode away with a love for the graceful, intelligent animals, but the inspiration for a business. Now, nearly a quarter-century later, the two share their passion for the majestic beasts with their patrons via carriage rides around the Dallas area. The picturesque carriages glide through parades, tour Old Town Coppell during the holiday season, and make appearances at quincea?eras, engagements, and weddings.elves.
The closest ocean is hundreds of miles away, but you wouldn't know it once you've set foot on the grounds of Bahama Beach Club. Outside, competitors spike volleyballs on fourteen sand-covered courts and, during breaks in the action, order cocktails from a beach bar. It's all part of the club's summery theme. Once the victor has been crowned, teammates retire to a shaded deck to relax with sandwiches and tacos, flat-screen TVs, a beer garden, and, once a week, live music.
Donna Park's passion for performance preceded the bulk of her vocabulary: at 4 years old, she got into the habit of correcting the dance steps of the other children in her recitals. Her unquenchable thirst for performance led her through a theater minor in college to the discovery of film, then onto a career as a director, writer, and producer of television specials and commercials. Now, calling upon contacts developed during her 20-year career, she brings working professionals to Texas Creative Arts Academy to share their hard-earned wisdom with the young.
The Academy's year-round programs gather students aged 4 to 18 to celebrate their interest in dance, art, film, and melodrama. Aspiring artisans learn the basics of canvas and garment craftsmanship in Hi Ho! Van Gogh! and Design Fashion Diva! camps. Teachers unlock high notes in students' vocal ranges with voice lessons and train the eyes of future cameramen in video-production classes. Piano and guitar instruction empowers kids to realize a future where spontaneous public musical numbers don’t just happen on stage.