Chi Chi Randolph has choreographed routines for hip-hop artists including Nelly and the Black Eyed Peas. Kari Lehman has 15 years of ballet training experience. Viviane Bressan turned her love of belly dance into a career, traversing the globe while teaching and performing the ancient art. At Dance Austin Studio, these three number among more than a dozen dance instructors whose dazzlingly diverse backgrounds enable an array of classes for everyone from preschoolers to grownups and fitness buffs to serious students of dance.
Zumba combines fast-paced cardio choreography with dynamic Latin rhythms, and the 18-and-older Sexy Stiletto Fit class uses high heels to tone calves and build confidence. Students can choose to learn fundamental positions, steps, and vocabulary during structured ballet, lyrical, and jazz programs, or they can develop video-ready swagger during hip-hop classes. The studio’s sense of fun occasionally spills out into the community—it recently teamed up with the city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to spark a flash mob at city hall, held to raise awareness of emergency preparedness and help officials practice what to do if invaded by dancing aliens.
Way To Go's experienced staff expertly hones blades for optimal ice-slaying power at its well-stocked sports equipment outlets that specialize in buying, selling, and consigning used sporting goods. For optimal carving and snow-spraying hockey stops, skates should be sharpened professionally instead of being dragged down the street by a newlywed couple’s tandem bike. Families with more than one skater, or teams of ice-dancing penguins, are welcome to bring in multiple pairs of skates for group bonding activities around the sharpening wheel. After just one sharpening, skaters can showcase newfound nimbleness on the ice, gliding along with poise like a ballerina operating a segway.
For runners, understanding one's stride is critical to selecting the right pair of running shoes. Here are three common types of foot motion:
Just like fingerprints, every human's footfalls are a little bit different. Qualified running specialists can map the way we step in order to locate shoes that best suit our stride. Before seeing a specialist, take a look at three common types of foot motion and the ways in which they affect the rest of the body:
Normal pronation: Most people exhibit normal pronation when they run. The heel strikes the ground and then the rest of the foot rolls about 15 degrees inward before making contact with the ground. This stride provides a stable platform for the body and allows runners to push off for their next stride primarily with the big toe.
Under-pronation: Runners with high arches often under-pronate, which means they don't roll their feet inward enough. Instead, they put their weight on the outer edge of their feet and push off with their outer toes. Under-pronators serve their needs best with shoes that provide extra cushioning to offset the added pressure they put on their lower legs.
Over-pronation: Conversely, over-pronators often have low arches and roll their feet too far inward. This stride puts pressure on the big toe, which does most of the work to push the foot back off the ground, and the feet and ankles, which have a tougher time stabilizing the rest of the body. Motion-control shoes help take on some of this stabilizing duty.
To get a basic idea of your stride, take a look at the bottom of an old running shoe or jogging slipper. Normal pronators exhibit regular wear across the bottom of their shoes. Under-pronators' shoes tend to wear out quickly across the outside edges, while over-pronators' shoes wear out along the heel and inside edge.
For Terry Hall-Hines, practicing naturopathic health care is not just a profession, but a moral imperative. After a holistic regimen helped her conquer stage-four melanoma, she founded Creative Health & Herbal Nutrition to heal others and educate them about natural health care through counseling and workshops. At her clinic, Terry brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists who collaborate so well that they finish each other's diagnoses. Nutritional counselors bolster the efforts of massage therapists, colon hydrotherapists, and acupuncturists. A team of five iridologists upholds the ancient Chinese art of examining the eye's iris to determine the proper herbal remedies for the body.