Grapevine Guitar Works’ quaint little shop holds more Gibson, Taylor, and Yamaha equipment than Peter Frampton's attic—and the shop’s staff does more than just hand people instruments and send them on their way. They equip all skill levels with the knowledge to bring their guitar or bass to life through group and private music lessons. Englishman Robb Kelly handles the bass lessons while Paul Reitz teaches guitar—acoustic, electric, classical, and jazz—going far beyond a few simple chords. Having accumulated vast teaching resources in his long musical career, Reitz shares insight through finger-strengthening exercises, technique drilling, and instruction in general theory. He also helps fledgling performers enhance their stage presence by developing their repertoire and showing them the best way to light their guitar on fire mid-solo.
Students at Grapevine Martial Arts and H-E-B Martial Arts learn integrity, self defense, confidence, and self-discipline through classes taught masters Jean, Scott, and Christy Good, who each wield more than 25 years of marital arts experience. Within the safe haven of a familial environment, pupils as young as age 4 engage in classes rooted in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Kwon Do, which incorporate elements of Hapkido, Karate Kung Fu and Judo. The studio's mirror classrooms house two-inch padded floors while an on-sit pro shop outfits students with the proper combative tools.
Inspired by New York City's The Actors Studio, thespians Erica and Shane Peterman established The Acting Studio as a place for youngsters and adults with acting aspirations to focus on their craft. Along with experienced dancer Kellie Carroll, the Petermans train students on musical-theater fundamentals in classes that range from jazz dance to private voice lessons. The advanced Triple Threat program places pupils intending to pursue a performing-arts career under the tutelage of industry pros who prep them for performances. Kids more interested in dabbling, meanwhile, can meet industry bigwigs at workshops, and several full-scale productions each year grant children the chance to act alongside their peers and improvise dance numbers.
The Dance Place nurtures nascent toe-tappers through a packed schedule of fun, energetic group classes held in a cheery, purple studio. Under the tutelage of seasoned instructors, daily classes cover a range of rug-cutting methods including waltz, cha-cha, foxtrot, salsa, and other varieties. Amateur dancers can flaunt their newly perfected twists as they solidify technique, socialize with other hip-shakers, and soak up a host of health and wellness benefits. Each class matches students of similar experience levels to avoid unnecessary stumbles as they try to keep up, or the humiliation of accidentally getting served by their partners.
Kids often drive their parents up the wall, but at Urban Air Trampoline Park, they can just climb up the walls alone. At four locations throughout Texas including Mansfield, Frisco, Southlake, and their newest location opening in Rockwall in May 2014, trampolines line the floors and walls of enormous open spaces, providing several zones for visitors to jump, flip, and fall softly into hunks of foam. Activity areas may vary at each location, but they range from the Apex—a wide, sprawling space for freeform leaping—to the Bowl—a narrow pit designed for plenty of off-the-walls mayhem. Many parks also have spaces for toddlers to venture out safely as well as slam-dunk arenas and dodgeball courts, where both kids and adults can compete in familiar games without being weighed down by gravity's boring rules. This rich variety of activities has earned Urban Air Trampoline Park a bevy of attention and awards, including back-to-back "Best Trampoline Park" wins from Fort Worth Child magazine and a mention as one of Shape magazine's "Coolest Clubs in America."
Beyond the everyday action, some nights see the trampolines glow with neon lights as DJs spin, while toddlers take over the entire park on certain mornings for pre-school jump sessions. Groups can also reserve the trampolines for special events and parties, whether they're celebrating a kid's birthday or commemorating a coworker's retirement by bouncing him into orbit.