Miss Jessie, Miss Mandie, Miss Karen, Miss Michelle, Miss Megan, and Miss Sharon have spent their entire lives learning, teaching, and playing music. Thanks to that devotion and a shared passion for helping children learn and grow, their paths have crossed as Kindermusik educators. At locations in Canton, Farmington Hills, and Southgate, the six women lead musical programs designed to foster each child’s cognitive, social, and physical development. Students sing, dance, and listen, and do so in an environment that is free from the pressures of performing or becoming the Internet’s most popular meme.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The Farmington Hills location offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Champions, where 6- to 8-year-olds master sports and gymnastics skills.
"Torture chambers"—that's what Bikram Yoga's founder Bikram Choudhury calls his yoga studios. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures as Bikram shouts: "Lock the knee!" "Lock the knee!" at someone who isn't quite into the desired position.It might sound unpleasant, but Choudhury believes that if you follow his instructions, which are passed on to each Bikram yoga teacher at the various franchises located around the world, you'll "live a better, healthier and more peaceful life.”The yoga guru, who was born in 1946, has strived to live such a life since he was a little boy in India. At the age of 4, after giving up dreams of being a robot, he started practicing yoga with India's most renowned physical culturalist at the time. At the age of 13, he won the National India Yoga Championship and went undefeated for the next three years before retiring as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.However, when Choudhury was 17, his life took a terrible turn. He severely injured his knee during a weight-lifting accident and was told he would never walk again. Ignoring the doctors, he turned to his old yoga teacher, and within six months, his knee was totally recovered. That's when he realized how effectively yoga could heal the body, and he decided to develop his Bikram method.Bikram is a form of Hatha yoga that is taught in specialized studios throughout the world. The studios are always set at 105 degrees, which helps the body flow through the 26 Bikram postures effectively. The studios can be found everywhere from the United States to South Africa to Antarctica's vast polar bear caves.
Founded by artist Robin Schoof, Kitty Q’s Expressive Art Studios, LLC helps students of all ages unlock their artistic potential in a nurturing environment. A certified art educator with extensive studies in art therapy, Robin specializes in expressive-art classes that give kids and adults the opportunity to release their emotions in healthier ways than tantrums or trying to get in on the neighbors’ domestic spats. Classes offer more formalized instruction, and open-studio time lets youngsters go creatively wild with the facility's artistic materials.
Dance Motion Xplosion carries on the legacy of MBS Training Center for the Performing Arts, which provided 30 years of dance instruction to Detroit-area students. Two instructors affiliated with MBS, Sabrina Breedlove and Shira Duncan, now inspire a new wave of dancers by teaching the foundations of technique, discipline, and music appreciation. They lead all ages and skill levels through hip-hop, ballet, and Zumba classes and keep advanced students on their toes with competitive performing groups.
In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen kids' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling—such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels—demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
In the mid-20th century, gymnasts developed a training tool that allowed them to rehearse their flips without fear of gravity. The mini trampolines that they used had an unexpected side effect, however: elation.
Today, Jump Station of Michigan straps visitors of all ages into these springy apparatus, outfitting them with a safety harness that is connected to stretchy elastic bands. The cords simultaneously provide lift and negate a harsh impact upon landing while propelling jumpers into thrilling leaps and flips. The experience even constitutes a stimulating cardio workout as heart rates increase during each jump. Groups can reserve the air-conditioned space for a private party, which includes unlimited jumping and games, and then head over to the Zap Zone next door for rounds of laser tag, glow golf, and go-karting.