Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Led by head coach Josh Pastner, the Memphis Tigers remain competitive in the Conference USA standings and are poised to make a run at a 2011 conference championship. Cheer as big man Tarik Black and above-average-sized man Wesley Witherspoon drain three-pointers, posterize opponents with high-flying chest bumps, and hypnotically dribble around the heads of dazed defenders with the coldblooded precision of using gardening shears on a competitor's Roshambo paper hand. From the terrace-level seating, fans can quell their basketball jones in the electrifying atmosphere of the FedExForum while applauding the Tigers' hustle, shouting in approval of the ball boys' impromptu ballet, or attempting a self-imposed water-cooler bath. Each game has an allotment of 200 tickets and seats will be assigned on a first-redeemed first-served basis.
There are no roads in the sky—just clouds and the floating mansions of America's billionaires. Similarly, Downtown Aviation's flying lessons don't follow one set pathway to pilot certification. Using FAA-approved materials, the school's certified flight instructors can teach a fast-paced course or follow a more casual lesson plan. But the endpoint remains the same: a student, private, or sport certificate.
One of the most exciting moments during training occurs approximately 20–25 hours into instruction, when students take the controls for their first solo flight. As they soar over Memphis or Olive Branch, taking in bird's eye views through the cockpit windshield, some may feel inspired to pursue flying as a career. Luckily, they won't have to look for a new school. Downtown Aviation's faculty trains pilots for their commercial certificates and airline transport pilot licenses. The staff can also maintain pilots' aircrafts at their Cessna-certified service center.
The company serves the school market through four retail outlets located in Memphis and Little Rock. These stores offer teachers and parents educational material that make learning fun and effective. The stores are staffed with sales professionals containing over 100 years of experience in the education field.
Though many students come to Mathnasium having fallen behind their classmates, a mathematically advanced child sparked the learning program?s creation. As founder Larry Martinek?s young son, Nic, developed an appetite for higher-level math concepts, Larry found himself developing an entirely new teaching language to explain them in an age-appropriate way. The kind of instincts he sought to build up couldn?t be nurtured by drills and rote memorization. Instead, they required a deeper understanding of the principles at the root of mathematical operations, delivered in a way that grade-school kids could apply throughout their academic careers.
In just a decade?s time, Larry and his team have established Mathnasium centers in most U.S. states and more than a dozen in other countries. At each, highly trained tutors develop custom learning plans for students in grades K?12 based on The Mathnasium Method. The system combines an education strategy of conceptual, tactile, and visual techniques with a curriculum structure that ensures kids can count, think proportionally, and break complex problems into smaller components to solve simply. Tutors allow some time during each session to help students with the concepts in their math homework, and the centers regularly check report cards and standardized tests as further measures of progress.