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.
The roughly 5-kilometer Survivor Mud Run challenges athletes from around the country with 20 mud-soaked obstacles, including monkey bars, tire courses, giant slip 'n' slides, and net climbs. A team of licensed contractors builds all the obstacles, ensuring stability throughout. The dirt-drenched course allows participants to put their stamina, physical fitness, and mental determination to the test in a much more fun and safer way than challenging a Central African chimpanzee to a staring contest. Adrenaline and sheer force of will boost runners over walls and beneath low-slung wires in the mud-filled trenches, leading them to the finish line where a post-competition party awaits with beer, music, and food. After each race, announcers honor the top three male and female participants in each age division, bestowing a special distinction upon the runner who was brave enough to don the wackiest costume.
The inside of Crossfit M.0 doesn't look a typical gym. Indeed, the 1,300-square-foot facility looks more like a playground for gymnasts, complete with pull-up bars, hanging rings, and mats lining the walls. These items help participants leverage their weight to perform the high-intensity functional movements that comprise each day's rotating series of exercises. The 45- to 60-minute classes can be tailored to all levels of fitness. New members workout at a lower intensity as they learn the motions, and seasoned members gradually increase the intensity to keep the program challenging. In addition, staffers email participants the workout of the day so they can stay on track even if they're unable to come to the gym due to an unexpected business meeting or police sting.
Belinda Hockett began dancing in 1983 as a trainee at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. As she sashayed her way up to the level of instructor and competitor, she began choreographing and producing showcases for charity events. Her work led her to Wylie, where she opened her own studio: Majestic Ballroom & Dance Center.
Today, she leads a team of 10 instructors who train students of all ages in more than 25 styles of dance. They also choreograph dances for grooms and brides, brides and fathers, and toddlers stacked up inside a trench coat. Belinda and her instructors specialize in choreographing first wedding dances for couples-to-be, and can offer their services at clients' homes for an additional fee.
At Mackey Attack Fitness, the trainers inspire their clients to fight back against anything preventing from becoming a fitter and healthier version of themselves. They help clients meet their fitness goals with a combination of nutritional education, high-intensity boot-camp-style workouts, and positive encouragement. But you don't have to be a body builder to get fit at Mackey Attack Fitness, as the trainers welcome clients of all ages and fitness levels. Their boot-camp classes accommodate everyone, focusing more on making overall healthy lifestyle changes. They also offer programs for seniors and children and one-on-one personal-training sessions for those looking for an extra push into fitdom.
At Dream Horse Academy, riders of all skill levels study the techniques of Western-style riding with veteran trainers and friendly, hoofed creatures. Head trainer Jenna Wurtele has been riding horses since the age of 5 and spent much of her childhood involved in junior rodeos and various horse associations, such as the National Reining Horse Association. She draws from her experiences working for first-class reining barns and judging open equine shows to build strong bonds between horses and their riders. With an enormous covered arena, Dream Horse Academy’s handlers can practice their craft in any weather. Horse-owners can also enroll their four-legged friends into training programs that prepare equines for upcoming shows and spelling bees.