The smiles that instructors so often see on the faces of pupils at Dancer's Studio tell them their students are having fun as they learn new modes of physical expression. Experienced teachers lead classes in dance disciplines such as jazz, modern, hip-hop, and belly dancing, as well as more progressive classes such as aerial and tumbling. During aerial dance classes, students dangle from suspended hoops and sashes as they perform graceful maneuvers and keep their toes off imaginary hot-lava floors. Students also travel to competitions. The studio often holds special break-dancing classes, summer camps, and workshops featuring guest artists such as So You Think You Can Dance Australia choreographer Adam Parson.
Kwan Aguirre's resume boasts victories and world records set in weight lifting competitions from 1998 to present day. But in his day-to-day life, Kwan is much more concerned with the goals and personal victories of those training under him. As the trainer and creator of Kwansystem Strength & Conditioning, he leads CrossFit-style workouts that combine lifting, gymnastics, TRX resistance training, and more in order to challenge students and push them to perform at their personal best. The exercises are completely scalable to clients of all fitness levels, and the workouts change every day in order to continue to challenge participants and keep the gym's barbells from getting bored and leaving.
Licensed massage therapist Jessica Duckett calls upon her expertise in Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to meet each client's physical or mental needs. During sessions lasting anywhere from 30–90 minutes, Duckett unlaces knotted muscles using fluid Swedish strokes, deep penetrating kneads, or nimble cat's-cradle techniques. She undoes chronic or injury-related pain with targeted sports massage sessions, and restores a sense of tranquility with hot oil or stones. Duckett also packs an infrared body wrap in her relaxation arsenal, swathing clients in warm heat that speeds up metabolism and smoothes cellulite.:m]]
Convinced that healthy habits create a better lifestyle, the instructors at Phoenix Rising Yoga Studio not only teach yoga, but also encourage students to examine other aspects of their wellness. After bending and stretching through a yoga class, students might stick around for a nutrition-counseling session, during which they can create a meal plan or learn which brands of toothpaste contain the most saturated fats. The center even offers life coaching, which can help clients learn to manage stress, become more creative, and build stronger relationships.
At Dance Alley Studio, certified Zumba instructors Letty Gomez, Vilma "Chayo" Barreda, and Adriana Flores help people dance their way to a fitter body during fun and convenient morning and evening classes. Inside the wood-floored space, the vibrant lime-green and orange walls complement the high-energy, Latin-inspired beats that emanate from chest-high speakers.
The crew also hosts a Zumba Under the Stars event where kids and adults can try out the upbeat workout, sample refreshments from local vendors, and get their faces painted.
Runners start the UV Splash Color Dash in white t-shirts, but by the end, they'll all be wearing the same colorful glow-in-the-dark uniform. As they traverse the 5K course, they'll be gently hit with splashes of UV-colored water. In the nighttime darkness?and under black lights that line the course?the colorful stains will glow, making the cavalcade of runners into a glowing, moving constellation. At the end of the race, each human painting can hang out and replenish in an post-dash celebration.