No Limits aims to showcase the talents of young dancers twinkling their toes in one of 20 preprofessional companies. Footworking styles include jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and cultural dances from around the globe. The performance boasts professional production levels, giving students a big break in their hometowns before they leave to further their education. Boogiers hail from studio companies, such as North Harris Performing Arts and Kingwood Jazz & Company, and exceptional high school departments, including Episcopal High School. This year, Dance Houston hosts the largest number of companies in the show's history, all within the spacious confines of the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center.
The coaches at Urban Movement channel diverse backgrounds in yoga and personal training to lead parkour classes where pupils learn to navigate any environment with creative, fluid maneuvers. In their indoor playground, they instill basic movements—such as running, jumping, rolling, and vaulting—in their students, helping to conquer fear through repetition and progression. Outdoors, they practice many of the same skills, using the city's landscape as their arena. They scoot along cement ledges hanging by their fingertips, run up walls, and roll on pavement. The coaches welcome beginners into all indoor and outdoor sessions, capably scaling the exercises so that students build the right kinds of strength to maximize their natural agility and perfect their natural animal roars.
In an effort to raise money for wildlife relief efforts, The Houston Zombie Walk of 2011 rounds up costumed participants for a mile-long loop around downtown. At 5 p.m. on September 24, the gates will open at Jones Plaza, where entertainment options include three bands, a zombie dance crew, a Halloween DJ, and cooking demonstrations that show ideal pairings for brains. The walk itself lasts from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and participants may bring controlled canines. After the plaza closes at 10 p.m., revelers can continue on to zombie-friendly bars that serve up drink specials and host headless can-can dancers.
Larry North has spent his 25-year career inspiring people to change their bodies and their lives through his infomercials, talk-radio show, television appearances, three books, and, most notably, his six Larry North fitness centers. "Success," North believes, "is not about how many gyms or how many members we have. It is about successful clients who lose weight and keep it off..." Adhering to this mantra, he wants to make sure that every member has access to the best resources and tools to achieve their goals. He sees to it that all of his spacious and sleek gyms boast a high trainer-to-member ratio and are jam-packed with weights, strength machines, and cardio equipment from industry-leading manufacturers.
All North's spacious and chic facilities offer a bevy of group classes that include kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, dance-based fitness sessions, and their signature 30-minute abs workouts.
10 Minute Fitness is a health and wellness studio bringing you whole body vibration exercise technology. This is created by using low impact rapid acceleration/deceleration training on a plate to constitute a 10 minute workout which affects your body just as an hour in the gym.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology from Texas State University. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." Her boot camps have since expanded to 17 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of any age and fitness level through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2012 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Bootcamp 2012 from Austin Fit Magazine .
Certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis master trainer Amy Ell ascends into the air with students in a schedule of one-hour fitness classes that employ ropes, harnesses, and trapeze. Vault Aerial Fabric courses bestow basic climbing and rope skills that bolster upper body strength, and Vault Aerial Trapeze mixes dance trapeze and circus static trapeze to strengthen coordination and tiger-pit-evasion skills. In the Vault Air-Tone class, students hone all parts of the body, utilizing an aerial hammock and a blend of Gyrotonic principles, Pilates, and yoga. Each session contains no more than 10 students to ensure each participant receives ample face-to-face instruction and time on their favorite-colored trapeze bar.
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