Authentic Belly Dancing Entertainment & Academy's staff of professional dancers pop up around Dallas, shimmering across the stages of restaurants, dazzling guests at private parties, and stealing the stony hearts of competition judges. During their weekend performances and special events, solitary dancers, partners, trios, and troupes perform traditional and Egyptian belly dance movements. They spice up routines with swords, candles, and fire while astounding audiences by manipulating their stomach muscles to pour shots or stop errant cannon balls.
Back at their headquarters on the hardwood studio floors of Dana's Dance Academy, the professional swirlers impart their art to aspiring dancers in beginner and advanced belly-dancing classes throughout the week. A social and enjoyable form of aerobic exercise—unlike sleep dancing, which is essentially solitary—the classes also aim to boost students' confidence, grace, and poise.
Academy students can take their skills to the public stage by performing at Harem Nites at Stratnos Greek Tavern, where, on the first Thursday of every month, professionals and first-timers alike dance together in front of a live audience of spectators, friends, and family.
Percy Bass has a diverse background well suited to personal training. He started by obtaining a degree in human-resource management at Texas A&M University–Commerce, where he learned to work with all types of people. He then examined food and its relationship to the body, ultimately getting a second degree in dietetics. Finally, when Mr. Bass earned his personal-training certification, he was ready to open his own business. At H2T Fitness & Nutrition, Mr. Bass puts his expertise to use with personal-training sessions, group fitness classes, and nutrition counseling.
Certified trainer, AJ Tucker, acquired myriad methods of staying fit while playing college football, training for jui jitsu, and during his four-year service with the U.S. Army. Today, he molds all that experience into a three-day-a-week boot camp that incorporates strength straining, a specialty class such as boxing, and a session designed for fun where participants buddy-up and complete a more light-hearted session of exercises. He also offers private boot camps that can be held at the office, school, or front yard.
Private Workout's efficiency-focused staffers draft half-hour workout regimens specifically designed to meet each client's physical needs and personal-health goals. The trainer explains the workout and introduces all equipment, then evaluates clients' fitness and helps them set goals. Members can then return for their 30-minute sessions, which are held nearly every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The workouts are designed to keep heart rates up for 30 minutes, which helps stave off disease and ramp up metabolisms. Guests who'd like more individualized attention can also sign up for personal-training sessions to work toward milestones, whether they'd like to tone up for fingerless-glove season or lose weight.
Truly getting in shape requires a multifaceted fitness approach and professional guidance. At S.W.E.A.T. Wellness & Nutrition, trainers?each of whom is well-established in his field?help members achieve their goals by offering a range of workout programs. By combining strength- and endurance-building exercises, these programs help build muscle tone, burn fat, and improve health over time. Boot-camp sessions, for example, can incorporate indoor and outdoor exercises into each workout, allowing exercisers to safely challenge their limits with cross-training activities. Meanwhile, instructors monitor their progress and provide assistance and encouragement when necessary.
For a more individualized approach, opt for personal-training sessions, which offer the most immediate results and are led by trainers who emphasize giving clients enough fitness knowledge that they can succeed even outside the S.W.E.A.T. gym. Experienced athletes organize specialized training regimens for boxing and track and field. US Olympian Rae Edwards provides runners with pointers to help with their speed, agility, and overall aerobic exercise. Olympic boxer and Texas super welterweight champion, Hector Vazquez bolsters strength and stamina by teaching students how to how to bob, weave, and lash out with a flurry of jabs, crosses, and distracting tongue twisters.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness?an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers?including professional football players and mixed martial artists?lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.