The troupe of competition-tested instructors at It's All About Dancing expand pirouetting prowess through individual and group guidance in a variety of styles for 45 minutes. Pairs can master graceful routines such as the waltz, tango, or cha-cha during private sessions, and soloists can rehearse choreographed monologues for a wordless production of Frost/Nixon. Flocks of up to 50 steppers gather for group dance lessons on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:30 to spend 45 minutes amplifying their learning process through camaraderie and copying their neighbors. Students strut and twirl according to the teacher's commands across the studio's hardwood floors beneath white chandeliers and skylights. On the last Friday of the month, dance mixers encourage guests to showcase new moves and tricks for repairing cut rugs.
Students stretch their arms and slowly arch their backs as natural light spills in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of Cosmic Dog Yoga’s studio. The studio’s experienced instructors are just as adept at putting these students at ease as they are at guiding them through physically demanding poses. Though many specialize in styles such as Vinyasa flow, meditation, and tribal-style dance, it’s not uncommon for the same instructors to teach basic yoga or a playful Cosmic Power class that demonstrates how to blow up stars millions of miles away simply by concentrating hard. In the lobby, the staff arranges mats, yoga books, towels, and mala beads alongside natural MezAroma products such as soy-based candles, sugar scrubs, and lip balms.
Created as an extension of ValleyCare Medical, LifeStyleRx prescribes simple, healthy fitness routines for exercisers of all ages and skill levels. From their center within the ValleyCare Medical complex, staff members conduct up to 115 group exercise classes a week, some of which take place in a heated indoor pools. Personal trainers provide specific regimens to help clients accomplish fitness goals or recover from injury. They also supplement their physical training with nutritional counseling, walking their charges through a process that begins with creating grocery lists and ends with actually preparing recipes in cooking classes.
While members and visitors torch unwanted calories, their children can relax or take exercise classes of their own in the childcare center or YouthFitZone. The facility also provides ample postworkout amenities, including steam rooms and saunas.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
With a resume that includes degrees in chiropractic care, kinesiology, and physical therapy, training in myofascial release and neuromuscular re-education, and stints as a strength and conditioning coach, Dr. Sergio Perry knows how to fine-tune the human body for performance. At Up 2 Speed Sports Performance, Dr. Perry is joined by a dedicated team of corporeal gurus who head-up individual and group training sessions aimed at both competitive players and calorie burners. Athletic training for grade school and college sportsmen can be tailored to any major field of play, with targeted exercises that can refine a touchdown pass, home run, or triple word score. Other services include pain-reducing chiropractic care, sports injury rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling.
When Omar Morineau was 17 years old, a local businessman named Cal handed him an airbrush and car-paints, entreating the teenager to “learn how to use ‘em.” The self-taught youth was soon plastering flashy graphics on sports cars, and before long had moved on to custom surfboards and his own mural business. Then he thought he’d get some higher education. A stint at L’Acedemia di Belle Arte in Florence informed his expressive technique, which ranges from anatomically accurate, occasionally surrealistic oil paintings to stylized graphic designs for bands, businesses, and the lemonade stands of overly ambitious five-year-olds. Today, when he isn’t laboring on his latest commission, the enterprising artist promotes creativity through classes for all ages, with early-childhood sessions aimed at fostering a love of creation and workshops for older students focused on launching careers in two-dimensional and computer arts.