Fueled by her passion for performance art, fashion, and choreography, Durham native Anjanée N. Bell founded Bellan Performance Centre as a philanthropic organization, and as a destination for those individuals with interests as diverse as her own. The disciplines and fundamentals of dance weave a common thread through the facility's many endeavors, which include aspirations to emerge as a performance-art community by way of engaging live shows. Off stage, Bellan provides various educational programs and fitness classes that encourage participants of all ages to get up and move, even if they lack the experience and spring-loaded toes of many professional steppers.
The Bicycle Chain is a chain of specialty bike stores offering bicycles, service, and repair, as well as cycling accessories. These titans of two-wheelers contain full-service repair centers staffed with friendly, knowledgeable salespeople and qualified technicians. Today's Groupon is good for one Tune-Up package, which gives any chromatic cruiser the attention needed to forgo future therapy and remain comfortable for riding. All brakes, shifters, brackets, and bearings, as well as the tire pressure, will be adjusted to the ideal level for riding safely over a vast field of banana peels. Frames and forks will be polished, and chains and gears wiped down and lubricated where necessary. Cranks, bolts, and pedals will be tightened until the bike is ready to be cleaned and polished like Yul Brynner's head. Post primping, The Bicycle Chain's mechanics will advise you of any problem areas, such as a worn brake pad or piece of spinach in your teeth.
Padded floors at varying levels. Beams, bars, and springs sprouting from them. Blue, red, and yellow coloring it all. It looks like a fancy playground, and in many ways it is, but its purpose is much more layered. At Bull City Gymnastics, this vibrant space is used to teach kids discipline and fitness, all while they're having fun flipping and tumbling. To teach all that and boost athleticism, instructors get kids aged 3 and older on balance beams, trampolines, and gymnastics rings during one-hour classes. They can even get parents in on the action during 45-minute parent and tot classes for little ones. Camps and parties that include games, crafts, and gymnastics also keep kids engaged and focused on healthy fun.
Shari Huggett has been studying tap, jazz, and ballet dance since she was 5, a passion that can be tracked through her collection of regional, national, and international awards. Huggett has appeared on the Today Show and CNN with star Julio Iglesias to illustrate the beauty of Tango, Iglesias’s 1996 album. Now at the helm of her own studio, NC Dancesport, Huggett teaches styles ranging from the carolina shag to the disco hustle to students divided by skill level, preventing novices from accidentally getting trampled in a tango stampede. Huggett’s instruction alights on the feet of her students in a variety of settings, including private or semiprivate environs and group classes, all of which can foster confidence in social dancing or the more advanced skill required for competition.
Although Marty Josey's second-degree black belt is for kenpo karate, he has experience with an array of martial arts, including a certification for Gracie Combatives and jujitsu. He and his staff at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Durham teach the brazilian martial art of jujitsu to kids, adults, and Air Buds. In addition to improving self-defense tactics, Josey—a board-certified psychiatric nurse who spent time as a stress-management counselor and life coach—strives to boost his students' self-esteem.
Located in Durham, Tactical Kung Fu and MMA is an academy dedicated to helping its students enjoy the physical and mental benefits of martial-arts practice. With programs in kung fu, tai chi, and qi gong, along with judo, wrestling, and thumb-wrestling classes, this school teaches adults and children discipline and respect while helping them gain strength. Clients burn calories and build lean muscle while punching and grappling and learning the basics of self-defense.