For more than two decades, the assemblage of professional dancers and instructors at The Ballet Conservatory have taught little ones the skills necessary to plié into fully-formed dancers. They have met with so much success that, as recently as April 2013, the school sent a troupe to New York City to compete in the YAGP International Finals. Though the focus is on pointe and ballet, the conservatory delivers performance-grade instruction in a diverse array of disciplines, including hip-hop, jazz, and tap.
Six principles guide courses at American Masters Martial Arts. These principles—which include politeness, bravery, and respect—ensure that students come away not only with martial arts skills but also with a sense of character and integrity. Instructors specialize in seven martial arts styles, and while some courses are sports-oriented, others focus on self-defense. Whether learning hapkido, tai chi, tae kwon do, or personal safety techniques, students earn a well-rounded education that encompasses both physical and mental goals.
Be polite, patient, alert, brave, respectful, and do your best. These are the six principals that instructors at American Masters Martial Arts teach to every student who comes through the door. Each class begins with a recitation of these principals before meditation. This instills a sense of purpose and discipline in each pupil, which is as crucial to the instructors as the self-defence techniques they teach during classes. As for the courses themselves, the studio focuses on taekwondo, hapkido, kung fu, kobudo, and tai chi. American Masters also offer yoga classes that focus on the mind, body, and spirit during therapeutic sessions that can improve posture, alignment, and movement.
An intensive four-week exercise regimen crafted by certified personal trainer Ally Davidson guarantees speedy results and sweat-addled brows for campers across the fitness spectrum. Ally’s local boot-camp staff sends muscles on a brisk march toward a firmer condition six days a week, helming total-body workouts that include interval training, plyometrics, and an abs-twisting assortment of timed strength and agility drills. The staff regularly switches up workout regimens to ensure that muscles don't become as bored as nihilists in a bounce house. Aware that not all recruits have the same motives for joining their flab-busting brigade, trainers customize their workouts to squeeze the best results from bodies of all ages and fitness abilities. The camp schedule varies based on location, with four early-morning camps to awaken muscles stuck on snooze and a pair of evening sessions to end the day on a note of high endorphins.
After meeting at a training session for yoga teachers, Shayla and Heidi established Transform U Fitness, with Heidi as the trainer-based studio's first client. Transform U's communal credo forges a supportive workout space that informs its private, semiprivate, and group classes where gym-goers of every experience level pursue more streamlined physiques.
In an effort to help their members lose weight safely, certified trainers sit down with clients to work out realistic goals and practical ways of achieving them. Preworkout trips to the T.U.F. Boutique outfit exercisers with yoga accouterments from brands such as Zobha and Hard Tail.