Students who want to ride one of Equestrian Enterprize's trusty steeds don't have to wait until their first lesson to meet the animals. The staff is so fond of its four-legged instructors that each one gets its own page on the website. Guests can meet Isiah, the Percheron gelding whose long white eyelashes will steal your heart, or RJ Rabbit, the 10-year-old quarter pony who fancies himself the barn clown. These introductions are engaging, but riders won't really know the team until they visit the picturesque facility, where an indoor arena and four outdoor riding rings sit flanked by lush trees and rugged trails. In this setting, teachers call on their competition experience to instill students with the skills to handle horses in the english, western, dressage, or driving disciplines. For seasoned riders or unkempt centaurs, the equestrian specialists also offer boarding services with custom feeding programs, ample turnout, and regular stall cleaning.
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.
Grandmaster Taek Sung Cho has accrued more than 40 years of martial-arts experience and a host of titles on his resumé, including coach for the International Junior Taekwondo Championships and the U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Team. However, he derives the most reward from his role as teacher, a position he has coveted since establishing Master Cho's Talium in 1991. Working with expert instructors, he imparts the value of community and inner balance through the lens of tae kwon do technique.
Master Cho's lessons amplify confidence as well as coordination in young children, teens, and adults. Students can practice with others in their age group or alongside their families, depending on whether their school bus or their house transforms into a giant fighting robot. Kardio Kickboxing workouts toast calories with rapid jabs, and the staff emphasize the social aspect of self-defense training by hosting summer camps and birthday parties.
In sports parlance, being "in the zone" means, of course, to achieve a state of heightened, virtually unconscious performance excellence for a sustained period of time. It's not an easy thing to achieve?there are no road maps and it can't be summoned by superstition?but the staff of high school coaches and former college standouts at In The Zone Baseball & Softball Academy knows something about being there. Mostly it takes loads of practice on every aspect of the game, including the obvious ones, such as hitting and pitching, as well as the subtler skills of strategy and furtively stealing bases by first becoming camouflaged in dirt. Instruction is dispensed through lessons and clinics held inside the academy's 8,000-square-foot facility, which includes six batting cages, two pitching lanes, and a fully turfed general use area.
TryKickboxingNow.com's self-defense classes are more than just kickboxing sessions. Their courses blend traditional kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, karate, and interval training to burn fat and build muscle. In order to make it easy for exercisers to learn the kicks and punches of the sport, sessions take place at affiliate gyms across the country.
On this nonprofit stable’s 21 acres, a gaggle of horses helps visitors with and without physical, mental, and emotional struggles expand their self-confidence, bolster social skills, and improve quality of life. Therapy is the center's primary mission, pursued via lessons tailored to each rider's pace and needs. Stroke patients, those with visual and hearing impairments, and people with depressive and autism-spectrum disorders are all welcome.
Centered riding combines classic principles of riding with body awareness, centering, and imagery. Certified instructors also use rider biomechanics in lessons for beginners to intermediate to help improve core strength, balance, and harmony with the horses.
Though not officially part of the center's therapy techniques, a host of additional programs use horseback riding to nurture mental and physical well-being. Offerings include Yoga on Horseback, Mommy and Me sessions, and Silver Saddle lessons, which are geared toward older riders and discerning horses looking to incorporate more bling into their wardrobes.