Step N Dance founder Tony Duarte began dancing as a child in Nicaragua. Soon after moving to Miami at age 16, he developed an interest in styles ranging from the waltz to the hustle. With the new discovery of so many new steps came a passionate love of one particular style, however, and Duarte soon mastered the art of salsa. Over his career, Duarte’s skills have been seen on PBS, Univision, and every time he crosses the street. Classes at his own studio lean strongly towards salsa and other Latin styles, each enlivened with a smattering of jazz, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban influences.
Kids' karate is one of the specialties at American T.K.A. Universal Martial Arts, and it's no surprise: the gym goes so far as to pick students up after school so that they can take part in their hobby as soon as the bell rings. Though karate joins tae kwon do and MMA as three of their programs tailored specifically to children, the staff also guides adults through martial-arts training as well. After 15 years at the same location, American T.K.A.'s offerings also include muay thai, boxing for kids and adults, and aerobics-style kickboxing for grownups.
Coach Isabelle Bienvenu knows ballet is more than an art form—it’s also a way to keep the body healthy and strengthen it for other sports and activities. A choreographer, dancer, and competition judge as well, she brings her wealth of knowledge to each one-on-one session, wherein she helps her students develop their skills and improve their abilities.
Throughout Jim Sayih?s career, he?s helped people from all walks of life get in shape. He?s created fitness programs used by the US Secret Service and SWAT teams. He's chatted with President Bill Clinton about the childhood obesity epidemic and dedicated himself to mapping out classes, exercises, and lifestyle plans. And Jim was so inspired by the races he's run while pushing his son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, that he organized Michael's Special 5K Run/Walk, where runners pushed riders in wheelchairs.
Today, Jim shares that lifelong love of fitness through Broward County Adventure Boot Camp. He and Rhonda Core?an American Council on Exercise?certified trainer?give their clients the extra push they need to get in shape. The boot-camp routines constantly change to keep participants engaged and muscles from rebelling. On any given day, students might be practicing Pilates, doing yoga, overcoming obstacle courses, or going on a hike. Before new attendees start camp, the trainers invite them in for an evaluation to answer any questions, take a few measurements, and record their body-fat percentage so their results can be more easily tracked over time.
A certified Level II equestrian with the American Riding Instructor’s Association, voted a top-50 instructor in 2007 by Riding Instructor magazine, Brittany Pledger has the resumé to back up her position as chief instructor at Vantage Point Equestrian. At the beginning of her riding career, Brittany learned to ride by instinct alone, reading her horses’ behaviors rather than awaiting indecipherable hoof-written postcards. Seeing the value in this sort of foundation, she teaches riders of all levels to develop a feel for the horse and to recognize its emotions and body language. She leads lessons throughout Vantage Point's 10 acres of pristine grassland and beneath the azure roof of the center's main facility. Her ultimate aim is to prepare students for competition in national AA-rated shows, specializing in the disciplines of hunt seat equitation, hunters, and jumpers.
The sons of ninth-degree black belt Grand Master Jung Soo Park run Parks Martial Arts, the same martial-arts studio their father founded in 1974. Today Masters Cheong and Shick Park oversee nurturing kids' martial arts, fat-burning fitness kickboxing, and fun, highly effective fitness mixed-martial-arts classes. Expert martial artists teach every class, which incorporate a fun fitness regimen, from jump ropes to kettlebells to smackable focus pads.