Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
Dr. David A. Croland doesn't overlook any weapon in the fight against fat. Since 1995, the bariatric medicine physician has been designing and supervising medical weight-loss programs that can include lipotropic injections to boost metabolism and prescription appetite suppressants to cut cravings. The exact course each patient follows is determined by an initial visit, during which a staff member may run a computerized body-composition analysis, perform an EKG to check the patient's heart health, and take pictures so the patient has an alibi in case he or she is later wrongfully accused of pickpocketing the governor.
But though weight loss is the clinic's focus, it's not its only function. It's also equipped to test for food sensitivities and provide bioidentical hormone replacement to offset the effects of menopause. Dr. Croland even offers aesthetic services, and, unlike at some medical offices, the doctor performs all of them himself. These treatments range from smoothing skin with Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Juvederm to erasing fine lines with chemical peels.
In 1986, Paul Thompson surrendered to a lifelong fascination with hammers and hardware and established Oakhurst Builders. He assembled his company atop a foundation of commitment, approaching each project as if the work was being done on property of his own. Over the years, Paul has surrounded himself with a team of like-minded professionals, who, upon raising their Planeteer rings alongside Paul's, are capable of engineering repairs, renovations, and complete remodels of residential and commercial spaces. Inside job sites, they oversee a medley of services that includes staircase fix-ups, floor replacements, and kitchen appliance installations. The hard work continues outside, where Oakhurst's skilled craftsmen drill away on decks, fences, roofs, and siding.
Fresh Air Technologies' skilled technicians pull from over 20 years of combined experience in environmental consulting and the battling of mold. Services include air duct cleaning, aero seal air duct sealing, waterproofing, and fully sealed crawlspace installation.
Space Kidets’ indoor facility fuses a bounce-house playground with a video-game arcade for a combination that pleases every kid who walks through the door. Inside the main room, numerous inflated houses, slides, bouncing pads, and obstacle courses host jump sessions free of bumps, scrapes, and dive-bombing pigeons. A short walk leads customers to the video arcade, where racing machines and carnival-style games sate kids’ thirst for electronic entertainment. Select attractions are token-free, including five video games, skee-ball, and more. Additionally, the center’s six-hole mini-golf, air-hockey, and basketball areas welcome those who have a craving for physical fun without the bounce.
Like many good ideas, the one for this business came from Dan Rather. A group of friends interested in starting a business venture together were watching CBS Evening News one night when a report on the high costs of dry cleaning drew their attention to the profession. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the founders scoped out local dry cleaners and developed a business model that allowed them to clean all garments for a fee that’s as flat as the planet we walk on. Today they clean more than 1,200 items each day and continue to grow, thanks to their onsite, environmentally friendly equipment that cleans consciences as well as garments.
Led by certified chiropractor Dr. Philip A. Arnone, The Balanced Body Center blends chiropractic techniques with modern treatments for holistic health with a focus on client comfort, including a no-wait policy that ensures visitors quickly see the inside of the center's spacious, inviting private treatment rooms. Massage therapists guide muscles through one of three massage missions to eradicate stress and pain. The deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes and pressure to dig into muscles and flush out formidable tension strongholds. Swedish massage, deep tissue’s gentler, blonder cousin, promotes increased blood flow and relaxation with gliding strokes, kneading, and rhythmic tapping, and a medical massage manipulates the body's soft tissues to increase cell metabolism, speed up injury recovery, and increase range of motion in stiff joints and backs wrenched from competitive piggyback riding.