Melanie has been active in the health community—as a fitness consultant, personal training, and yoga and Pilates teacher—for more than 14 years. But it wasn’t until she discovered pole fitness while mining that she was able to combine all her passions into one activity. As she started experimenting with pole fitness, she felt her experience with yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes coming together into one comprehensive workout. She knew that with her background in health and fitness, and passion for pole fitness, she would be able to help students achieve their fitness goals. And so PoleFIT Revolution was born. Today, she and a team of instructors teach a variety of classes, such as pole fitness, aerial yoga, boot camp, and stretching classes to ensure all students are receiving the workout that best suits their body.
At Arts Council Northeast's Summer Arts College, kids ages 6–15 embrace their inner artisans during classes on the visual arts, set design, and performance. Students arrive at Crown of Life Lutheran School each morning for five full-day (9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) aesthetics-building sessions. In From Trash to Treasure, students repurpose useless items into a green masterpiece, as discarded movie stubs, plastics, and Cable Ace Awards find new life on the canvas. Drawing on the sketches and ideas of the children, mosaic classes combine their previous works into a wondrously motley mélange. Drama classes unlock the excitement of staging live theater, as kids explore acting through improvisation, monologues, and short scenes while learning the finer details of songwriting and playwriting. Between blocking movements and testing newly built trapdoors, drama-loving kids craft sets before performing a play they've written for friends and family on the last day of camp.
Ohlook Performing Arts Center came on the scene in 2002 and had 4 students in our first class (2 of those being family!) Founded by professional singers, Matthew Lord and Jill Blalock Lord, they continued forward and word quickly grew about this little theatre in this tiny space where kids could come and be themselves.
Through its national vision-screening program, See by Three, the Children's Eye Foundation trains medical professionals, screens young children for vision impairment, and raises public awareness on vision problems. The organization will provide screenings for 80 children ages 3–5 to detect and treat disorders such as amblyopia and strabismus that can lead to vision loss if left untreated. The foundation has screened 10,000 young children since its inception, improving the quality of screenings along the way and providing them at an early age to prevent unnecessary vision loss.
Arlington Life Shelter helps local individuals and families transition from homelessness with short-term shelter and support services. For 25 years, it has provided fresh beds, clean showers, and hearty meals for anyone seeking refuge from extreme weather or a night on the street, or looking for a way to gain employment and attain long-term self-sufficiency. The shelter offers 72-hour services for people who are just looking for a place to sleep and 14-day services for people who cannot work due to disability or age. For residents looking to gain stable employment, the 9- to 12-week rehabilitative program includes educational classes for children and adults, as well as job-coaching sessions to prepare for interviews and new jobs. Volunteers teach a range of skills, including classes in computer skills, parenting, and yoga. Residents can also take part in health and social-work services and access resources to help them move into transitional housing as they work toward self-sufficiency.
When Billy Corbett was still in high school in the late 1970s, he wrote letters to personal trainers in Hollywood, asking their advice on how he could become one too. Some of the trainers wrote back, giving him advice that he still remembers and utilizes today as head of Billy Corbett's RetroFit. There, he and his team of instructors lead groups through high-energy boot camps and personal-training sessions catered to individual goals. They also guide young people toward a healthy lifestyle with youth sports-conditioning classes.