Johnny Gurrieri is a sixth-degree black belt and has been teaching martial arts for more than 25 years. At his eponymous studio, he imparts the fundamentals of karate and tae kwon do to students from 6 to adult. The spacious facility's floors are lined with colored pads, and the walls feature mirrors both tall and wide for students to observe their form.
Steppin Out Ballroom's dance masters bring worlds of experience, passion, and enthusiasm to every group and private dance lesson. Their goal is always to create confident, well-rounded dancers. By encouraging students to begin with private lessons, they can customize programs to the individual and put the twinkle in their toes before twirling them into group lessons. Group classes are needed to perfect steps learned during private sessions and give dancers a social outlet. They further nurture the social side of dancing with practice parties, which let students show off their moves, dance with others who are also still learning, and enjoy a comfortable environment that simulates a night out at the club. The instructors also apply that same dedication to teaching engaged couples their first dance and leading kids during lessons and competitive teams.
In his 20 years of experience, professional ballroom dancer Wesley Crocker has matched steps with champions. He has trained under seven-time ballroom world champions Bruno and Luann Collins, American-Rhythm champion Susie Thompson, and U.S. champion Cher Rutherford. Even with all of the high marks on his resumé, the title he covets most is "teacher."
Wesley hopes to translate his extensive background into lessons for students of all skill levels, which mainly focus on ballroom, Latin, and cabaret steps. He works to accommodate groups, couples, and individuals with a blend of private and public classes. Through his tutelage, he hopes to keep the art of dance alive and kicking as well as expose people to a more fun and effective way to fuse music with exercise than bench-pressing a flute.
Unity Martial Arts is the first school in Arkansas to teach Cuong Nhu, a mixed martial art with a traditional feel and no contracts. Classes are offered for kids and adults all week long. Special events and summer camps are on the website along with a class schedule and video demonstration.
The Arkansas State Parks fete vibrant visitors and loping locals alike with a dizzying array of landscapes, natural and cultural resources, and myriad learning opportunities at parks scattered throughout the state. Familial units with children 18 and under can flex their pass muscles multiple times throughout the year at a wide range of museums, gleaning valuable state knowledge while conversing with park guides or well-read white-tailed deer.
Workshops at Naughty or Nice help female fitness cravers strengthen their core muscles, burn calories, and build confidence in an encouraging environment free of judgment and traditional gym gremlins. Customers can use their Groupon toward a double dose of solo pole mastery or give the second pass to a friend and head to the same workshop together. The studio maintains small class sizes to ensure comfort and tailored attention to students as they try on the satisfyingly suggestive routines. Workshops currently meet on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, and reservations must be made via email (check the calendar for updated offerings).