"We ain’t no little gym," says Gymnastics Beat's website, and it's telling the truth. The facility spans 12,000 square feet, and has two spring floors, two trampolines, and a 60-foot long tumble track—plus an impressive collection of gymnastics equipment. It's the perfect environment for the gym's team of experienced coaches that includes a champion cheerleader.
These coaches, all certified through USA Gymnastics, background-checked, and certified in First-Aid and CPR, use the ample space to teach gymnastics, power tumbling, cheer, and acrobatics. Perhaps the most unique offering on their schedule, though, is urban gymnastics. During this class, students learn nimble ways to navigate urban surroundings, such as vaulting over railings or running across the shoulders of everyone in front of you at the coffee shop.
Professional photographers Jonathan Mathis and Carlos Guzman nurture and support budding photographic talents with their classes and workshops. During the six-hour Point & Shoot digital photography workshop, budding shutterbugs maximize camera potential as an expert instructor discusses the basics of camera operation while shining light on the various camera modes, menus, and zoom features. In both Point-and-Shoot and DSLR camera classes, instructors also cover the fundamentals of editing, cropping, printing, and storing. At the end of each workshop, apprentices review their photos from the session and discuss them as a group, pointing out strengths, weaknesses, and skillfully camouflaged Waldos. Other classes and workshops have included sessions on topics such as studio lighting, documentary photography, and digital editing. Creative Digital Workshops also hosts low-cost lectures and demonstrations to inspire communities to see and capture their worlds through a camera lens.
Central Valley Stars Dance Studio, like all STARS 21 studios, first sprang from the aspirations of a national dance group from Layton, Utah in 1970. Fueled by a drive to share their passion for dance with aspiring youngsters, they started STARS so they could shape the talents of kids, adolescents, and teens at an early age. It proved so successful that they were eventually able to transform it into the multistate dance program it is today.
Now, the time-tested curriculum introduces students – whether in preschool or high school – to myriad forms of dance. Kids master the graceful movements of classical ballet or acquaint themselves with the rhythmic motions and sweltering full-body bunny suits of hip-hop. Longtime students advance to one of the studio's many performing teams, lighting up professional sports stadiums during half-time shows.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
After four years of active duty in the United States Army—including 15 months on deployment in East Africa, where he earned a Letter of Commendation from the Ethiopian Government—it’s likely that Blake Brown doesn’t get too flustered while assessing golf swings. Now a veteran, he’s on the path to certification as a professional golf teacher, currently studying the proper golf swing, how to manage golf courses, and what types of tree bark are edible as a Level One Apprentice with the PGA of America. Blake has experience as a teaching professional, having previously held a coaching position at Riverside Golf Course and leading the San Joaquin Memorial High School boys' golf team to the Valley Championships.