Ben and Lia Oldham comprise Kid Co Theatre's theatrical teaching team, drawing from their extensive teaching experience to lead young cast members in the creation of their own fall-themed play. Aspiring actors work together, bolstering communication skills as they rehearse Shakespearean monologues delivered from inside ginormous jack-o'-lanterns and gain self-confidence with every mimicked turkey gobble. First–fourth graders comprise the cast, learning to collaborate as they pen the show's plot, kindling creativity and preventing out-of-school energy from being spent on less social enterprises such as playing video games or leading stuffed animals in a revival of Cats.
A former NCAA Division 1 coach and power-lifting champion helms the boot camps at Edge Sports Fitness, which get players into game shape by running them through a gamut of strength and speed training drills in a football-field-inspired indoor facility lined with artificial turf. Professional coaches lead a schedule of workshops designed to decrease 40-yard-dash times, increase vertical lift, and improve the technique of fox trot end-zone dances. Trainees practice fast-paced footwork and running drills while strengthening the legs by leaping with purpose throughout a series of plyometric exercises. Training regimens focus on improving skill sets in athletic competition, with obstacle courses and circuit training specifically designed to build the muscles needed most during games. Post-workout stretching and nutritional guidance, meanwhile, help prevent injuries and french fry grease stains on jerseys.
Balance Fitness Studio aims to provide a personalized experience for its members, unlike big chain gyms that might treat them like just another number. During boot camps as well as Zumba, yoga, and step group fitness classes, their nationally certified instructors strive to help clients achieve a healthy life balance through exercise.
Sharyn Jump introduces students to the stress-relieving potential of art in laid-back classes that comprise equal parts fun and instruction. During the two- to three-hour sessions and multiday workshops at Sharyn's Paint 'N Crafts Studio, visitors work with varied media such as acrylics, oils, watercolors, charcoal, or colored pencils to create completed art pieces, which they can take home for display or graciously donate to the nearest museum.
A team of resident artists mentors pupils in different styles, such as the One Stroke painting technique taught by guest artist Donna Dewberry. At birthday parties or open-studio sessions, participants may bring their own food or alcohol to foster a celebratory atmosphere.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Since the early '70s, Jeannie Colbert has aspired to spark joy in others with her clay handiwork. At ClaydoodleZ Pottery Art Studio, she molds plates, flowers, and other pieces for visitors to decorate during artistic visits, and her studio pizza parties encourage fun and creativity without the slippery dangers of paint-your-own Twister mats. A collection of retail crafts occupies the adjacent Southern CharmZ Market, where guests can pick out trinkets such as photo frames, statues, and tea sets.