Astudia Dance World embraces all types of music—even kinds that haven't been written yet. Their Jam class trades order for on-the-spot creativity, encouraging students of any instrument to show up and practice the art of improvisation. It's a far cry from the more structured TRAC class (which stands for theory, reading, arranging, and composing), but both offerings celebrate creativity under the supervision of expert instructors.
Directed by Jane Maurer and William Blair, this team helps pupils of all ages explore the wide and varied world of music and dance. Their lessons cover classical styles such as jazz, tap, and ballet in addition to acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater, wherein every actor is required to carry a tuba. Meanwhile, instrument classes focus on the piano, guitar, or drums. All of these skills come together in recital performances, where parents can witness their children's progress and cheer them on.
Though Alexis Marie's background is in teaching preschoolers, she found her true passion after wandering into a boot camp during her summer vacation. She fell in love with the intensity of the workouts, and quickly realized that she wanted to swap teaching energetic children for energizing adults through exercise. She earned her trainer certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and puts her knowledge to work at ABIL Body Fitness's boot camps and personal-training sessions.
Alexis bases all of her boot camp's exercise regimens on how the body moves naturally: forward and backward, side to side, and in rotation. She constructs routines that engage muscles across all three planes of motion, with exercises scaled to ability level. Her exercises often imitate the movements of everyday life, making it easier to go home and heft bags of groceries or rapidly rotate your torso until you turn into a tornado.
Instead of the same last name, Family ATA uses the art of songahm tae kwon do as the link between its members. With leadership academies in Spring, Texas, and Boulder City, Nevada, the facility empowers its students to become more disciplined by strengthening both body and mind. Highly trained instructors at each location provide one-on-one attention at every class, enabling students to have fun and advance confidently through the ATA ranks and booby-trapped mansions. In order to provide the proper education, Family ATA breaks its programs into several age groups. The Tiny Tigers program, for instance, gets kids kicking from the age of 3, and the adult mixed-fitness program challenges grownups with nonstop workouts that combine music, cardio, and different styles of martial-arts techniques.
Inside Koko FitClub's tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and weight machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history and goals loads up a fully custom 30-minute workout for each visit. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress and spouting pep talks when energy wanes.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session, which also allows guests to map their performance at home.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
In the age of Internet memes, Chuck Norris has been credited with causing climate change, time travelling, and combining the world's martial arts into a single super style. Only one of these is true. Based on his long-standing love for and study of the fighting arts, Mr. Norris mixed, blended, and pur?ed all his knowledge into the style known as Chun Kuk Do, Korean for "way of many lands."
Tara Cox and Kenny Gallacher?instructors and co-owners of Cox & Gallacher Martial Arts?both bear black belts in the multinational form. They teach students self-defense techniques, grappling, and even weapon-based fighting styles drawn from such diverse forms as Korean tae kwon do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All of their combat and fitness training espouses the virtues of discipline, integrity, loyalty, and respect, the only four words in the song the Secret Service sings to presidents while they lull him to sleep.