At Step II Dance Center, the teachers help to transform their students into polished performers with an array of classes, laying the foundations for future dancers, singers, and actors. They teach students as young as 3 and as old as 82 to move their bodies in styles such as ballet, soft shoe Irish dance, and hip-hop, as well as in theater dance, which students put to use as they star in renditions of musicals such as 42nd Street and Annie. Independent filmmakers and companies such as Forman Mills have hosted auditions for commercials and movies at Step II Dance Center, giving students a chance to break out in the business without plastering their headshots all over a film producer's cartons of milk.
At the sprawling New Falls Fitness gym, loads of free-weights, treadmills, and strength-training equipment spur guests toward reaching their fitness goals. The gym also hosts fitness classes that range from yoga to boxing to kids' sessions.
Lorean, Open Center Yoga?s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions?points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one?s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat Donkey Kong?to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.
Reformers, Wunda Chairs, Cadillacs, and Ladder Barrels. While it might sound like a line from the classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it is in fact a list of the Pilates equipment within Chi Balance Center. Each bizarrely, wonderfully named device performs a different function, helping bodies to engage their core more deeply as they build muscle throughout. The staff offers far more than just Pilates, treating ears to the Latin rhythms of Zumba, spines to Chiropractic ministrations, and musculature to therapeutic massage.
Pro Line Music puts new musicians on the path toward success with all-encompassing facilities, selling gear, teaching private lessons, and repairing instruments and equipment. Many instructors have music degrees and play music professionally, lending students one-on-one attention in learning their instruments of choice, whether they're guitar, bass, sax, flute, piano, or drums. Amid walls lined with guitars, basses, and gear, visitors can relax at an in-store café replete with coffee, tea, and snacks.
The vivid violet walls at New Attitude Hair Design reflect the upbeat charm and feminine sophistication the salon staff brings to its work. Owner Meera’s passionate team of stylists, colorists, and waxing technicians take pride in crafting custom looks. The salon's forte is special-occasion updos; the stylists wind curly tendrils for prom, weave loose braids for beach weddings, and mold beehive dos for weddings held on honey farms.