At Rocking Lazy K Ranch, scrub grasses and evergreens bristle across 1,800 acres. Within this rustic backdrop, ranch owner Scott leads trail rides and teaches horseback-riding lessons. "I love teaching beginners about horses and watching them as they progress," he says. During lessons, students learn essential skills of horsemanship, from how to dress and mount a horse to how to gallop and parallel park.
On paths that wind along ancient roads and muddy creeks, Scott guides students and visitors on outings to the ranch's scenic corners. Whether on wooded or open land, Scott notes, there's "a good chance of seeing local wildlife." Afterward, Scott swaps his riding gear for a kitchen get-up and steps behind the grill to sear 6-ounce steaks. A hearty meal soon follows, incorporating Texas-style sides and freshly prepared pie.
The gymnastic experts at Eagle's Wings Athletics's Allen, Prosper, and Anna locations aim to help their students build both physical skills and self-esteem. Instructors— many of whom boast competitive backgrounds and gymnastic championships—help children as young as 18 months develop motor skills in pre-school classes, preparing them for boy and girl programs. As students cartwheel into each new class level, their gymnastic teachers help them hone skills in Olympic events such as floor exercise, pommel horse, and the horizontal bar. Staff members can also teach kids to flip during trampoline and tumbling courses.
In addition to the standard class lineup, competitive opportunities take gymnastics and cheer teams to regional, national, and interdimensional competitions. Day camps attempt to build lifelong social skills through challenges in areas such as gymnastics and rock climbing. The camps also enlist 7th and 8th graders for its counselor training program to help them learn leadership skills.
We aim to transform everyday kids into extraordinary leaders by motivating them to achieve EXCELLENCE through PERSISTENCE and SELF-DISCIPLINE, instilling a RESPECT for their authority, and imparting the CONFIDENCE to live a life of INTEGRITY while experiencing the joy of discovering their unique CREATIVITY.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
Kathleen Catallo is no stranger to the graceful flourishes of ballroom dance. In fact, she’s spent more than two decades of her life perfecting them at the professional level. At The Art of Dance, Catallo has drawn on this experience to create a Marriage Enrichment Through Dance course tailored specifically to couples. As they learn fundamental ballroom steps in these sessions, spouses strengthen their relationships and have fun instead of spending another Friday searching for doubloons in the junk drawer.
Learning the martial arts does more than just teach people how to break a wooden board with their bare hands. At Sustaire's ATA Martial Arts, students also learn discipline, self-awareness, and focus. Most of the instructors on staff are world or state champions, and each of them have gone through an intensive training period prior to teaching martial arts classes. In these programs, students as young as four years old can begin lessons in which they learn physical defensive skills that can give them confidence in many situations. With skills in karate and taekwondo, both children and adults grow stronger and find an outlet for stress that doesn't involve knocking brick walls down with a sledgehammer.