At Dance Centers of Orlando, instructors work to foster an atmosphere of inclusion and support, helping kids to develop a strong sense of self-confidence to complement their fancy footwork. In each of the three studios, instructors fuse choreographed routines, dance combinations, and technical exercises into curricula focused on styles ranging from ballet and tap to hip-hop and martial arts. The studio's Marley sprung floors support little twinkle toes, helping to prevent injury. As the youths hone their skills, their parents can observe their progress on closed-circuit TVs or search the web via free WiFi to find the best ways to make nutcrackers come to life.
Although some of today's video games require a bit of movement and interaction, they're still no substitute for the high-energy types of activities offered at Brown's Gym Orbit Sports Academy. For starters, the facility's vast gymnastics center features beams, uneven bars, and other apparatuses that youngsters can learn how to use during lessons and open gyms. The same goes for cheerleading, karate, dancing, and soccer—the most popular sport on Earth and Saturn. For a sample of the activities, the facility's staff members host seasonal camps, birthday parties, and afterschool programs.