Tiese Morgan took over Hosanna Dance Studio in 1995, infusing the school with her lifetime of experience and vision of dance as a worshipful act. She started annual performances of Adventures in Narnia and founded the Hosanna Youth Performers company, giving her young dancers a chance to shine on stage rather than just in the classroom. She supplemented these news performance opportunities by increasing the variety of dance classes and the age range of students. Now, she and her staff teach everything from ballet and tap to modern and hip hop to kids, adults, and everyone in between.
It may be called Body Now!, but as members transform their bodies, the studio's staff also wants them to shift their perspectives. Accordingly, they focus on all-around wellness, combining elements of world dance with cardio exercises during Now Fitness! group classes and emphasizing proper posture during Yoga Now! sessions. Wise Woman! classes help older women master functional movement patterns that enable them to win arm-wrestling matches against neighborhood kids. In the fitness center, exercisers can work up a sweat on Cybex and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes, or focus on strength with machines and free weights. Positive sayings unfurl in script across the deep purple walls, motivating members as they blast through 30-minute circuit training workouts.
Visitors typically head to Willow Medical Spa for myriad wellness treatments, from dental care to laser peels. Sometimes, though, the perfect pick-me-up is actually a mani-pedi, a fact no one knows better than nail technician Beth Counts. She pampers fingers and toes in the spa's salon, painting nails with traditional and gel polishes that come in a rainbow of colors, from romantic red to hiding-out-in-a-blueberry-patch blue.
Junkyard Athletics whisks exercisers to healthier lifestyles with a flexible schedule of challenging interval-training regimens and ever-changing workouts. Leading contingents through a series of indoor and outdoor exertion, muscle-forging instructors consistently baffle bodies with new routines that utilize available surroundings, such as grassy fields for sprints or jungle canopies for fresh-fruit retrieval. Lasso nomadic strength fibers with taxing sessions of tire dragging, jump squats, and weight training, or prepare for upcoming locomotive-pulling events with resistance-band sprints. Classes are designed to cater to all levels of fitness, and typically last about an hour.
Medical aesthetician Cora Jaques doesn't just want you to look better on the outside––she wants you to feel confident in knowing you're getting the most advanced laser and anti-aging treatments the industry has to offer. Beyond boasting 35 years of experience in the beauty industry, Cora received her advanced laser training firsthand from the inventors of the Elos laser machine, and today, she uses the Elos eLight system to remedy skin imperfections, such as acne, sunspots, and wrinkles that spell out your birthdate. Along with a staff of aestheticians and laser technicians well versed in everything from photofacials to ReFirme skin tightening, Cora also pampers bodies with state-of-the art spa services. Certification in clinical facials allows the staff to custom-tailor a complexion regimen for each face, incorporating microdermabrasion or toning serums as needed, and body wraps call upon the powers of seaweed or volcanic mud to hydrate or firm the skin.
The workplace can be a source of stress for anyone. That's why licensed massage therapist Karl Jensen carts his portable massage chair to his clients’ offices or homes to unwind knotted muscles with 15-minute bursts of massage for groups of 4 to 12 people. When not on the move, he parks his equipment in a private treatment room, where clients relax on a massage table as he paints relaxation across physical canvases with gentle Swedish strokes. He also hunts down extra-stubborn muscles with deep-tissue techniques and integrates a number of styles to create custom massages.