At the Travis Hansen Charity Basketball Camp, children aged 6 to 18 learn basketball fundamentals, listen to prominent speakers, and participate in a service project to aid hospitalized children. During three two-hour lessons, former Atlanta Hawk Travis Hansen leads a cadre of volunteer players and coaches in instructing children on basketball fundamentals, from shooting and dribbling to tomahawk dunking over snake pits. Speakers at the camp this year include Brigham Young University basketball head coach Dave Rose and former BYU player Marty Haws. On the second day of instruction, camp participants assemble welcome kits designed to comfort long-term hospitalized children during their medical stays.
A group of musicians step onto a parade trailer and man their requisite noisemakers—guitars, bass, and drums. Only months ago, they may have never even picked up an instrument, much less thought they'd be part of a band playing a live gig. But now, their nimble fingers deftly play live covers of The Beatles, AC/DC, and Maroon 5, which pump from speakers as the movable stage winds through Lehi's streets.
The university-trained instructors of Utah School of Music & Dance organize music and dance recitals like these each year, helping students of all ages and abilities to share their burgeoning expertise. Profiled by the Utah Valley Business Blog, the school encompasses both private and group training studios where tutors such as guitarist Scott Miller—author of Mel Bay's Getting Into Jazz Fusion Guitar—help emerging Mozarts as young as 3 to master woodwinds, percussion, or the art of destroying a guitar amplifier. During dance classes, expressive movers practice hip-hop, jazz, or ballet moves atop a supportive floating floor, lingering afterward in a waiting room decked out with complimentary movies and WiFi.
Ivan Pavlov famously worked to condition dogs’ behaviors by ringing a bell whenever he fed his canine subjects, creating a mental link between the food and the sound. Soon, the dogs began to salivate anytime they heard the bell, regardless of whether food was offered. The owner of Hanna's Naughty Dog Training trains pooches with her own spin on the Russian scientist’s technique: she ticks a clicker and presents a treat whenever a dog successfully follows a command. After a few sessions, the treats aren’t even necessary—the dogs will respond to the sound of the clicker alone, and owners can continue training them at home with their own clickers. Training sessions are personalized to each dog and can be geared to tackle common issues such as excessive barking, chewing, and potty training.
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