Pinnacles Gymnastics trains boys and girls to flip, somersault, and reverse the polarity of their gravity in classes and summer camps that begin at age 3. Open gym is available for those who want to practice the skills they learned in class, and Parents' Night Out events fill Friday nights with pizza, a movie, and gym time.
Paul Hunt has toured the world as the pigtailed and hairy-chested "Paulette Huntesque," delighting crowds with a comedic gymnastics routine alongside superstars such as Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci. But as a coach at Hunt's Gymnastics Academy, Paul boasts a résumé that's just as impressive as Paulette's. Not only was he a national champion, but he coached Utah's first Olympic-level gymnast, as well as many other championship- and scholarship-winning athletes.
Alongside other highly qualified instructors, Paul teaches gymnastics and tumbling to children of all ages at Hunt's Gymnastics Academy. Kids can start as young as 3, working on honing motor skills and self-esteem in Tots classes. The academy's most committed students can eventually work toward a spot on the competition team. But the school doesn't just focus on traditional gymnastics—instructors also lead aerial silks classes and yoga sessions, which help students develop the flexibility to out-bend even Gumby.
The trainers at CrossFit Aether have a unique understanding of their clients’ struggles to get in shape, because only a few years ago, they were in the same spot. Seeking to improve their lives through fitness, they rallied around owner Matt Van Dyke to mold a method of exercise that allows individuals’ inherent strength to bubble to the surface. Rooted in four fundamental elements—motivation, nutrition, action, and renewal—the CrossFit regime consists of varied daily workouts that incorporate functional movements such as burpees, sprints, squats, and lunges. This unique blend of weightlifting and gymnastic maneuvers readies athletes for more advanced classes, personal training, or running with the bulls while honing overall fitness.
At Elite Tumbling, all of the introductory lessons are private, ensuring each student masters fundamentals like back tucks and back handsprings before graduating to higher-level group classes. Along the way, instructors encourage kids to challenge themselves with new moves, all while emphasizing safety. Gymnasts of all levels can don the school's spotting belts, and specialized mats and trampolines cushion falls. Snowboarders and skiiers also benefit from the high-tech safety equipment—the school's system of bungee belts allows them to practice aerial moves before they hit the slopes.
Darla Davis can fly. Suspended from long, flowing silks, she tumbles through the air with grace and elegance, creating movement that's athletically and aesthetically impressive at the same time. An experienced performer, she has honed her skills on the aerial silks with guidance from some of the same trainers who work with Cirque du Soleil. When she's not performing, Davis introduces others to the world of aerial acrobatics, teaching children and adults challenging and exhilarating moves. Classes at her sunny studio include hand/body balance and aerial yoga.
Salty Dinner Theater combines professional players and proficient chefs to create an edible production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The witty performance features all the original puns, poetry, and tragedy while offering a more humorous treatment of the star-crossed lovers' love scenes. During the play, rival families will feud, Juliet will declare her love from atop a balcony, and the pair will conspire to simultaneously end their careers as genealogists. Come with a group of your favorite ladies and lads and bond with fellow mock tragedy attendees as you interact with the characters and work together to choose one of three alternate endings for the ill-fated pair.