Carolina Dance Capital is a family affair. Husband and wife duo Fritz and Annette Schulte own the studio along with their daughter, Nina, who serves as artistic director. The rest of the staff includes eight regular dance instructors and more than 15 guest teachers and choreographers. In a variety of classes, they help students as young as two and as old as whatever to get fit and express themselves through ballet, jazz, tap, yoga, and Zumba.
Class sizes are kept small to encourage close personal attention and a supportive atmosphere. Six studios occupy the 8,700 square foot facility, and each is outfitted with observation windows, spring-loaded floors to prevent injury, and Super Soakers to facilitate Gene Kelly impressions. In addition to classes, pupils of all abilities can partake in cheer camps, workshops, and competitive dance teams. A waiting area for parents is equipped with complimentary WiFi.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Most gyms don't take kindly to members trying to climb the walls, but that's the whole point at The Ultimate Climbing Gym. Here, it's possible to ascend nearly every vertical surface, including a 40-foot lead climbing wall and more than 2,000 square feet of bouldering space.
Top-rope climbers can start out from 16 different stations, each with two or three routes that get them up to 35 feet off the ground. Kids and adults can participate in group or private classes if they're just starting out and want to hone their climbing skills. The gym also makes a great setting for birthday parties, especially if you bring along a cake stuffed with granola and protein powder.
Flying High Academy's owner, Cory Wooten, has spent more than two decades immersed in the gymnastics world. His expertise shows in his center, too. The eclectic array of classes range from intros for kids ages 18 months to 3 years?dubbed, adorably, "Baby Birds"?to gymnastics and tumbling classes for older kids that hone flexibility, coordination, and back-handspring excellence.
One ingredient notably absent the classes? Cutthroat competition. The clinic has a competitive gymnastics team, but in classes, winning is less important than improving at your own pace. Even the Cheer 101 classes, which aim to forge the hallmark excellence of competitive cheerleading, do so while avoiding actual competition.
The Alamance County Community YMCA pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps.
Zumba, cycling, and Pilates group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues result in friendly competition and hyperliterate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
LKN Athletic Club facilities are lined with rows of indoor cycles and free weights, and quicken heart rates with cardio theaters packed with flat-screen TVs, treadmills, and ellipticals. Indoor basketball courts encourage sports-based workouts, and group and personal-fitness sessions sweat under the tutelage of nationally certified trainers. A curriculum of 14 classes features Body Attack and Body Combat courses from the Les Mills program and Silver Sneakers sessions for older adults. For a more relaxing trip to the gym, clients can lie down in a tanning bed to work on their outer glow or bolster resistance to solar flares.