Chance and Roxie Mayberry take any opportunity to get out of the studio and into vibrant real-world scenes. As the duo behind Anchorage's Mayberry Studio, they shoot families as they slice down the slopes or bond with animals, and as instructors at Alaska Photography Academy, they take students deep into wild local landscapes. Photo safaris adventure to such destinations as Matanuska Glacier and Hatcher Pass, with some shots even accomplished from the backs of sturdy ATVs. Although these intensive excursions are open to all, more experienced clickers can pursue more in-depth classes or private lessons. No matter the level, courses emphasize practical, professional-grade tips and avoid technical jargon and risqué language such as "flash."
Unlike most traditional gyms, Denali Gymnastics & Fitness is not only a place where adults can workout, but also a place where young children can exercise their brain muscles. The gym houses an early learning center and preschool where kids ages 3?4 can learn the days of the week, listen to stories, and practice gymnastics under the watchful eyes of the trained staff. In their own designated area, infants rest or participate in interactive play. The learning center also provides childcare for before and after school, helping kids with homework and organizing fun activities. Meanwhile, adults can earn a good sweat during CrossFit classes, which transform bodies with high-intensity, short-duration routines that blend boxing, powerlifting, and other exercise techniques.
Denali's gymnastics programs for kids are designed for all skill levels and fall under two categories: recreational and competitive. During preschool gymnastics sessions, parents can help their tots navigate an obstacle course that helps improve physical awareness. Older kids with a competitive spirit can join the gymnastics team to further improve their physical skills. For home-schooled children, the gym also offers a PE program that ensures a good amount of daily exercise.
The longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the country, the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout invites eight men's and four women's teams from across the country for an intense tournament packed into Thanksgiving weekend. In the 34th edition of the men's field, the Seawolves host such formidable foes as Murray State, who dribbled and dunked their way into last year's NCAA tournament, as well as New Mexico State and Southern Mississippi. Gents battle to climb the brackets in four days of play so fast-paced that games must be announced by professional auctioneers.
Eye Level takes its name—and its philosophy—from the story of an elementary school teacher who visited the Smithsonian and, oddly, knelt down in front of each painting. When a guard asked him why, he explained that he was bringing his kids there the next day, and wanted to see the paintings from their perspective.
Eye Level's instructors share this focus on understanding students' viewpoints and needs. Whether they're teaching math, English, or Korean, they start sessions with a diagnostic test, which allows them to tailor the lesson to the child's skill level. The self-directed learning sessions end with student feedback, which allows tutors to further customize their future lessons.
Established in 1999 by tech expert Samson Chu and business leader Joel Kestenberg, Career Academy trains business professionals with a self-guided video curriculum. Programs include Office Productivity and Project Management certification as well as IT certification training and information-security strategies that go beyond changing all of your passwords to the name of your other dog. Most of the expert instructors boast decades in the tech industry, and many are successful business owners in their own right.
Whether kids have recreational or competitive cheerleading aspirations, the instructors at Alaska Athletics help budding cheerleaders and gymnasts hone their skills in all-levels classes. Tumbling classes for preschoolers help tykes grasp the basics of balance and body awareness. They build skills in these sessions that will eventually serve them to improve jumps, tumbling, and stunting abilities.