Since its founding in 1993, North Central Ballet has seen its dancers awarded with scholarships to study with the Joffrey Ballet, the Kennedy Center, the School of American Ballet, and many other celebrated institutions. But there?s one place every one of its students is invited: the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium. Each year, the company opens the stage door to its young artists for a full-length ballet recital in June and a production of the Labor Day classic The Nutcracker. By dancing alongside members of the company?s high-level ensemble, the students can master their pirouettes while gaining invaluable performance experience.
Inside CrossFit OTS3's gym there are no TVs, no towel service, no distractions. There are simply barbells, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and lots of busting tail. Focus is key, and OTS3's trainers provide it, along with a heaping helping of encouragement. The certified CrossFit instructors teach a system of functional movements performed at a high intensity. To stave off boredom, they mix up exercise routines daily. Through these ever-changing, dynamic workouts, clients can ready themselves for all manner of physical activity, from running marathons to climbing mountains of stairs or just the landing up to your front door. To safely integrate newbies into the system, trainers start everyone off with a beginner's course.
Leafy potted plants, warm light, and parchment-colored walls surround guests at Southern Comforts Salon and Spa, where Roseanne Vincent invites clients to take time for themselves. They can do so with any one of her many pampering services, from cleansing facials complete with massages to conditioning treatments that nourish manes. In addition to skincare and haircare services, Roseanne also offers waxing services, which whisk away unwanted fuzz from faces and physiques.
Though it’s tucked inside a karate studio, Sacred Earth Yoga doesn’t condone fighting. Instead, the yoga studio works to keep costs and profits low by channeling funds toward the education of students and instructors rather than toward superficial frills and a fancier studio. Students are responsible for providing their own mats and receive hands-on, direct instruction in a variety of yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Hatha, and rigorous Power Vinyasa. Instructors lead newcomers through gentle classes that introduce students to the foundational moves before they graduate up to more athletic and fluid classes. Each instructor hails from an established yoga background, with many having studied under gurus in India and in the U.S.
Calling upon backgrounds in the military and law enforcement, Proactive Defense?s state- and NRA-licensed instructors Chris Rainey and Hank Denny train students on what to do should they ever encounter a threatening situation. Utilizing both classroom and live-fire training, Chris and Hank teach everything from basic handling such as reloading and clearing jams, through advanced skills, including drawing from the holster and transitioning through multiple firearms. To support the armed forces, they also organize a scholarship fund for the supplementary training of military personnel who might not be able to otherwise afford it.