Just Dance's owner Lynda Taylor and her partner Glenda White are devoted to making the world a more graceful place. Lynda, a certified etiquette instructor and teacher with 35 years of experience, partnered with certified ballroom dance instructor Kevin Rios and associate instructor Glenda White to help make the seemingly rigid rules of the dance floor easier to navigate for adults, children, and the butlers trying to take their coats. To help get things moving, most adult dance programs begin with 55 minutes of instruction time, where first-time rug cutters learn the foundation for tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, and swing before putting the steps into practice at the end of class. Though good taste usually dictates that dancers should never waltz by themselves or with the family dog, students need not worry if they can't find a partner, since the instructors will happily pair them with someone in the class.
Outside the ballroom, Just Dance also offers yearlong programs through its etiquette academy, where children aged 5–17 years develop skills related to sharing, table manners, and how to disarm a bully with a firm, respectful handshake. Kids can also exert energy in summer camps that include field trips, creative projects, and dance instruction in various styles such as hip hop, lyrical, and ballet.
Sifu Justin Och has studied shotokan, kenpo, and tae kwon, but his specialty is wing chun—a style of kung fu developed nearly 350 years ago and eventually made famous through Bruce Lee and his instructor, Ip Man. The style is as graceful as it is intense and effective, which makes it ideal for people of all walks of life: adults, children, the elderly, and the undead. This versatility appealed to Justin, so he took up the art and earned his black-and-gold sash—the highest wing chun rank—in 2009. Now, he and his team of experienced instructors teach the next generation of wing chun practitioners during classes for adults and youths. Their instruction focuses on practical self-defense skills, teaching hand-to-hand techniques applicable in real-world defense scenarios. The team also leads boot-camp classes and afterschool programs for kids.
In a field that sees only 100 new graduates each year, Dr. Obinna Nwobi further distinguishes himself by considering all options for treating vascular conditions to limit hospital stays and recovery times. Together with his staff, he uses surgical, nonsurgical, and minimally invasive methods to treat existing conditions, and educates patients on preventive health to limit risk factors—including obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking. His Doppler-ultrasound-equipped laboratory also limits discomfort when screening patients for strokes, aneurysms, and tolerance for knock-knock jokes. In addition to treating patients across his four office locations, Dr. Nwobi has donated his time and talents to performing life-saving surgery for medical missions in Nigeria.
Curves trades in competitive rows of workout equipment for a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. During 30-minute circuit classes, trainees form a convivial circle as they rotate from machine to machine, timed by a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music. Health-minded toe-tappers can attend eight classes of the new Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness, which mixes Zumba dance moves with resistance exercises to create a muscle-toning combo that's almost as fun as your Jane Fonda salsercise tapes.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. With today's deal, a member of Gold's Gym's staff of certified personal trainers will test each client's strength, flexibility, and body-fat percentage, among other metrics, before designing a personalized fitness regimen. Then, clients can follow up with regular attendance at the friendly gym, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, acquire a golden glaze in the tanning beds, and loosen up in the yoga and Pilates studios.
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