Since 1997, Taproot has roused a loyal flock of headbangers with anarchic anthems, wall-shaking guitar riffs, and vocals that dig directly into the core of hard-rock enthusiasts. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the fiery quartet has brewed a potent stew of alt rock and nu metal and moshed its way into the national spotlight with emphatic jams such as "Wherever I Stand," "Calling," and "Poem," a rebellious ode to Dr. Seuss sung in falsetto. Chicago-bred Villain vs Villain warms up the hometown crowd with an opening set of metal-charged calisthenics, followed by a similarly intense batch of songs wailed by Kazy. In between epic air-guitar solos, concertgoers can also refuel with an appetizer such as nachos, mini corn dogs, or chicken quesadillas.
The coaches at Gym Spot have trained several award-winning state and regional gymnasts, as well as recreational gymnasts. However, they also train babies. Their curriculum covers classes for children as young as 12 months, as they believe that a gymnastics education develops universal life skills, not just the ability to win medals. Their preschool sessions allow toddlers to work with their parents or on their own, depending on age, as they practice hand-eye coordination and cooperation.
As for children in 1st through 8th grade, they participate in activities that align with the USA Gymnastics program, including tumbling, vaulting, balance beam, and bars. Students who hope to compete, meanwhile, work on graduating each successive USAG level.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.