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.
Multicolored holds dot the climbing walls inside North Wall, granting visitors a variety of gripping surfaces and seemingly limitless routes during their scaling expeditions. Since 1994, the rock-climbing haven has been beckoning climbing enthusiasts to its sprawling confines, where it offers classes and private lessons for climbers of all abilities. Participants can even join teams, in which they can boost their skills for competitions or leisurely scrambles up the noses on Mt. Rushmore.
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.
Students at the Cortiva Institute schools gain a respectful appreciation for the healing potential of massage therapy, which they then pass along to clients in the form of relaxing, massage-shaped memos. Beginning with an initial consultation consisting of a brief interview and verb-conjugation quiz, Cortiva students gain full understanding of the client’s trouble spots and cantankerous knots. Once pinpointed, tense tissues achieve relief with the artful flow of gliding strokes and gentle kneading, resolving aches and Rubik’s cube tattoos to restore a general sense of well being. Clinical and myofascial techniques deepen multilayered sessions by improving postural balance and soft-tissue function to enhance circulation and plate-spinning performances. A supervising faculty member stops by for a few minutes during the treatment to assist student therapists and choreograph stress-relief dances, and post-massage, clients fill out a short form to provide feedback for aspiring muscle-menders.
Yoga Seva Studio's certified instructors guide patrons of all fitness and skill levels through the fundamentals of Hatha-style yoga in a schedule of small-group classes. During beginning yoga sessions, expert benders demonstrate basic poses and strengthen deep-breathing skills until students can blow down a house of straw. Tweaks to traditional postures simplify slower-paced gentle yoga classes, and special-needs classes allow pupils to work at their own pace as long as they can climb from chair to floor without assistance. Yoga for fitness cultivates the growing skills of active learners who have experience and usurped meditation pillows beneath their belt, intertwining movement and breath through sun salutations, balanced poses, and a sprinkling of intermediate poses.