Becky Kern began teaching dance classes in her basement in 1961. She had just five students who paid a mere $5 a month, but before long the tapping of toes had her neighbors complaining so she opened Becky Kern's Dance Studio. Today, Becky's daughter-in-law and granddaughter keep the studio running smoothly whether teaching 3 year olds how to move creatively with their bodies or coaching teens on the competitive dance team. Six days a week, groups gather to practice tumbling, jazz, and contemporary dance moves in front of the studio's full-length mirrors, where students can follow along with instructors. BYOB ballroom-dancing classes are also available for adults, who can pop corks and learn swirling steps during fun, engaging classes.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old?12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
Aspiring bar- and beam-dwellers find supportive instruction at Team Central Gymnastic Academy and Olympiad Gymnastic Training Centers, which mold everyday children into lithe lads and lasses. A wide selection of classes are available for sprouts of all ages. The Tumble Bee program allows wee ones from 18 months to 3 years old to bounce into fitness, and older flip fanatics may start in a beginning boys or girls class, or catapult straight into age-appropriate trampoline and tumbling.
The Little Gym of Fenton's fun-filled classes pair fitness with learning to foster children's self-esteem and build a lifelong love of movement. Caring coaches fill age-specific lessons with smiles and encouragement, helping kids strive for success without competition or passive-aggressive jump-rope rhymes. Designed for tots aged 4 months to 3 years old, parent-and-child classes cultivate coordination, balance, and strength along with social skills such as sharing and teamwork. Kids aged 12 and younger develop agility and confidence during karate and gymnastics classes, which engage wee ones with music, obstacle courses, and chances to flex their creative muscles. In addition to hosting classes, The Little Gym of Fenton organizes camps, birthday parties, and survival nights that strengthen family bonds more effectively than cramming into group donkey costumes.
The Spa at Bob's East saps away stress from bodies and minds with relaxing massages and beautifying skincare treatments that leave patrons aglow. Like out-of-practice necromancers, muscles that have lost the ability to properly animate their skeletons can be kneaded back into working order by an experienced massage therapist during one of four back massages ($70 for one hour), or a 20-minute foot massage ($20).
The instructors of low-altitude acrobatics at Mega Gymnastics Tumble and Cheer guide budding athletes in safe techniques for rolling, flipping, and spinning through a variety of age- and ability-specific classes. Mega's recreational offerings introduce students to the uneven bars, balance beam, and pommel horse in a goal-oriented environment free of hindrances such as excessive competitiveness or strewn-about marbles. During each week’s boys' gymnastics classes, participants (ages 5 and up) receive training drawn from the USAG Jr. Olympic program, maneuvering on such iconic implements as the suspended rings and parallel bars. Alternatively, customers who choose the Trampoline and Tumbling class will watch their child develop proper, reduced-risk flipping and flying skills. The Tumble Fun for Ages 5 and Up class sharpens cartwheels, handstands, and rolls until they are fit for celebrating a touchdown or successful tonsil surgery. Mega schools the under-5 crowd in special weekly sessions where parents can help children ages 18–36 months learn how to negotiate a low climbing-wall or a sing-along record contract, and 3- to 5-year-olds acquire gymnastics fundamentals in the Mega-Mite program.