Shoes clack on a sprung wooden floor as a dozen pointed toes hop in time to flute and fiddle. These shoes belong to the talented feet of children participating in traditional Irish dance classes at Mayer School of Irish Dance. During lessons, instructors focus on performance quality technique to help perfect posture, taps, and kicks. Classes range in skill level from new beginners to Pre-Oireachtas, which is by invitation only. For a more social style of dancing, Mayer School also runs Irish set dance classes, during which partners complete intricate patterns to mimic the way sheep dance on Irish hillsides.
The licensed educators at Kindermusik help enrich family relationships and bolster kiddies' mental development through interactive, music-focused play dates. Children from newborns to 7-year-olds can investigate the world of sound waves through age-specific sessions of sing-alongs, musical compositions, and sound barrier-breaking drum solos. ACE Music & Me sessions foster reading and language skills through dance and rhyme, and Village classes stimulate cognitive growth through musical activities. Guardians are encouraged to pick up a tambourine and belt out a note alongside their musical wards. After each pressure-free play date, Kindermusik instructors outfit each parent with a number of after-class activities suited to their child's developmental level and ability to impersonate Dick Clark.
Classically trained painter Diane Hynes helms Diane Hynes Gallery, where she showcases a variety of her work, which includes portraits, still-life paintings, and murals. Hynes also offers individual instruction sessions on request and hosts group classes in a noncompetitive environment that is open to students of all ages and skill levels.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.