There's no one approach to personal training at JD Body Sculpting. Instead, owner and certified trainer JD designs custom programs, which might incorporate elements of aerobics, core strengthening, yoga, and other exercise disciplines. In addition to one-on-one sessions, he also leads group fitness classes and boot camps.
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
In January 2012, Amanda Gonzales and Edgar Mendez—a former principal dancer and choreographer for the Los Rumberos dance company—founded Madison Dance Studio to share their love of rhythmic movement with all ages. The duo and their team of talented instructors lead classes, including salsa and hip-hop, atop of a wood floor illuminated by floating party lights. In addition to helming belly-dance sessions, they channel Latin-inspired dance moves and global party beats in Zumba fitness classes. Amanda encourages ladies to confidently express themselves on club dance floors during her signature Hip Hop in Heels class.
After all hips have been shimmied and snaked according to U.S. government standards, students and instructors can rest atop the cushy sectional sofa while admiring the sky-blue chevron murals, which add a modern vibe to the room's exposed brick.
Midtown Taekwondo's chief instructors Steven and Tara Miller, both of whom are sixth-degree black belts, lead a team of martial-arts experts. Relying on their skills and a spacious facility, staff train students as young as 4 years old in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Junior, all-ages, and adult-level classes help students develop fitness and self-defense skills as well as self-esteem and discipline. The studio also keeps school-age students supervised?and helps them with their homework?through an after-school pick-up program. But whatever the class, all students are held to an oath that encourages respect for authority and has them promise to build a better world.
Isis Dance Academy trains women in the art of undulation with belly-dance classes for students of all levels. Beginner through advanced dancers can learn new techniques and routines in choreography classes or burn fat in energetic belly boot camp. Isis's professional dancers can also perform their hypnotic moves for private parties and events.
The Tennessee Tease Burlesque's talented troupe of performers sashays into 2012 with a musical bang, celebrating the upcoming year month-by-month during its "Year in a Night" calendar show. Before relinquishing the stage to the ladies and gentlemen of The Tennessee Tease, Rolling Head Orchestra launches the evening into full vaudevillian swing with a sultry set of tunes. While sipping on favorite drinks, attendees can hoot, holler, and shout out instructions from carburetor repair manuals to demonstrate their support for performers, whose curvy silhouettes strut across the stage donned in elaborate costumes while backed by popular songs. Creative stage names, such as Fatty McClure and Aenya Little Fyre, infuse an extra dose of humor into the playful performance, which also includes props, fire stunts, and pop-culture plugs. Additionally, Evergreen Theatre's intimate setup enables guests to plop down close enough to the stage to hear every note and confirm the sweet-smelling host's rumored devotion to stuffing his pockets with magazine cologne samples and horsehair.