Within the Michigan Academy of Dance and Music’s three studios, children learn the arts of dance, music, and theater. Experienced teachers patiently tutor tykes during group and private lessons, all aimed to impart not only ballet, hip-hop, or piano abilities, but also lifelong skills such as teamwork and the ability to levitate. Recitals show off kids’ newfound skills, featuring modest costumes and choreography suited for each age group, for a chance to show families how far students have come. Each aspect of the academy is meant to nurture both kids’ creativity and well-being, down to the suspended dance floors atop high-density foam that protect bodies from injury as kids tap-dance while playing two clarinets.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
As a Zerona-certified laser technician with thousands of treatments under his belt, Terry J. Ward knew many of his clients weren’t satisfied with the results of Zerona. Tapping into cold laser technology developed by NASA, he designed and built the first UltraSlim prototypes, as well as the finished version he uses to slenderize clients. As a local provider of the nationwide technique pioneered by Ward, technicians at UltraSlim Mid Michigan treat clients and back up their work by pledging repeated treatments until customers lose 2 inches.
In 2001, founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr began teaching dance classes in her very first studio. A lifetime of choreographing and performing across the United States had prepared her to teach others how to nurture their passion for dance. But an interest in fitness led her to explore mixing ballet and exercise in an effort to bolster her students' health and flexibility while reducing their chance of injury. Now called the Pure Barre method, Carrie’s fitness regime tones the hips, seat, arms, and abs by combining small movements with barre exercises that tone without building bulky muscle. This new regime ignited a fire under her students that soon spread to other studios across the United States. Today, instructors from Alabama to Washington continue to teach Carrie's method, while she continues to refine her techniques and search for the lost city of El Dorado.
The RYT-certified instructors at The Yoga Mat see themselves not just as yoga teachers, but as guides helping lead students toward self-discovery and awareness. Through a variety of class styles—including family yoga sessions—they teach such principles as controlled breathing, body alignment, and flexibility of the spine. Classes meet seven days a week, and the studio has mats available for rental.
Quiet is the first stop on the road to inner peace, according to Ramona Crabtree-Falkner, owner of Ananda Center for Yoga and Massage, LLC. At her tranquil studio, clients engage in active modes of relaxation such as yoga and passive forms such as massage therapy and reiki. During private and group yoga instruction, students venture inward by pairing deep breathing and meditation with ancient poses that stretch and strengthen the body. One-on-one sessions propel yogis toward specific goals such as weight loss and injury recovery, and group classes build community while releasing recently acquired stress and eye rolls stored up since high school. Bodywork services spotlight therapies from around the world, including the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage and the stretches and acupressure of Thai foot reflexology.