Valley Dance Academy teaches dances how to move with energy and grace in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz classes. Over the course of the year, classes build upon technique lessons, gradually improving dancers' skills. Then, every dancer is invited to showcase his or her work at one of the semi-annual performances.
When Lisa Stark's quest for a sensual, laid-back exercise class turned up nothing, she took matters into her own hands. To forge her ideal workout, which is a balance of sexy sizzle and athletic toning, Stark researched popular dance-fitness styles, documented choreography at local clubs, and even enlisted a former exotic dancer to teach her how to kick, saunter, and fill out tax forms in a sensual manner. The months of studying paid off?today, Lisa shares her wit, warmth, and fitness regimen with troupes of women at The Exotic You. Ladies of all fitness levels gather for classes that teach a complete routine of sensual dance moves, checking negative body-talk at the door and summoning their inner vixen out with slow leg extensions and passionate hip rolls.
A decorated veteran for his service as a US Marine Corps infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, Steve Eichelberger knows firsthand the responsibilities of carrying a firearm in the field. As an emeritus instructor at the Oregon Firearms Academy, and a current police firearms instructor, the NRA-certified teacher also knows his way around the classroom. He draws on both these experiences at Firearms Instructor, where his students learn the same handgun skills practiced at the police academy via a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on lessons.
During private or group live-fire sessions at a local range, Steve demonstrates the five fundamentals of marksmanship to first timers and more-complex skills—such as shooting while moving or tactical reloads—to advanced pupils. He covers similar topics, as well as a gun safety and cleaning, during concealed-carry courses, which qualify graduates to apply for a concealed-carry license in Oregon. A practicing attorney, Steve also hosts the What Do I Do? class series, during which he discusses gun owners' moral, ethical, legal, and tactical responsibilities when it comes to discharging their weapon.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
At U.S. World Class Taekwondo, the instructors care equally about self-defense and community, and they start young with their students?the youngest pupils are 3 years old. In addition to the classes bettering their physical health, kids also interact with their peers and learn self-control and self-defense. Adults can also reap tae kwon do's benefits in classes designed for their age group, so they don't have to learn the latest jump-rope cheers to fit in with the other students. And families can come together for a class for all belt colors each Friday.