Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
ASI Gymnastics helps children of all ages develop a lifelong passion for athletic activity through the practice of gymnastics. In addition to improving strength, endurance, balance, and coordination for children 12 months to 18 years old, the instructors use gymnastics training to bolster confidence and encourage mental growth alongside physical development. Age-appropriate programs begin by introducing fundamental techniques before moving on to more demanding skills, such as handstands, standing back handsprings, and cartwheeling through laser security systems. ASI Gymnastics also caters to varying levels of interest by providing competitive team training as well as casual birthday parties complete with trampolines and games.
At Dallas Dodgeball Center, sphere-slingers of all ages and experience levels team up to conquer opponents during exhilarating coed games. Lasting about 10 minutes apiece, each game begins as players evenly divide between two teams. Once captains have selected sides, a coach steps in and signals the start of the game with a standard "on your mark, get set, go!" call or by making a similar declaration in whistled Morse code. As multicolored balls sail from side to side in a prismatic frenzy, players are expected to abide by an honor system in order to maintain the cordially competitive environment.
Dad’s Broadway Skateland's rink entertains feet bored of walking with some blissful smooth sailing. After lacing up their wheely-boots (a $1 value/pair), skaters can grab hold of the beat and roll contentedly through the hours, performing elaborate figure-11s or skating against the flow in order to change the past. Owner Randy "Dad" Dryk powers gilde parties with music spanning disco to Christian rock, with bass-heavier hip-hop and R & B on Friday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., parents skate free with their children to a Dad-curated selection of family-friendly grooves.
CrossFit North Mesquite's vast gym space doesn't look very full at first glance. Pull-up bars sit close to walls, wall ball targets made of tape hovering above them. One whole corner of the room contains nothing but tractor tires, weight plates, and kettlebells. The rest of the floor sits basically empty. The trainers, however, make use of every square inch of this space during their daily exercise regimens, combining sprints, gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric exercises into new workouts each day.