Modeled after The Juilliard School in New York, the Naples Performing Arts Center celebrates dance, drama, music, and film. When speaking with Fox 4 News, the center's owner proudly proclaimed it a facilitator for the "love of the arts for our children." Kids do receive ample opportunity for creative expression in the creative beginners program, which fosters a fun and supportive environment for preschoolers' imaginations to blossom with songs, stories, and future Internet dance crazes.
Both older children and adults can expand their creative capacities with classes and workshops that are both social and instructional. Dance lessons teach the choreography of Latin, swing, and ballroom dances, and music instruction legally marries hands and minds to the keys and strings of pianos, guitars, and violins. In the drama department, students can challenge themselves with the center's Broadway studio series.
More than 1,000 cardio exercise machines stand at the ready in JABZ Health & Fitness's 18,000-square-foot workout warehouse. Alongside the hordes of gym standards, including treadmills, stair steppers, and elipticals, dwell stationary recumbent bicycles and iVibe Powerplates, which are touted for their ability to give exercisers a speedy, low-impact workout. Stationary bicycles populate the spin studio, which is also outfitted with a massive flatscreen TV and a bumping sound system. In addition to spinning classes, the trainers lead group iVibe Powerplate sessions, and experienced mixed martial artists helm action-packed MMA classes.
Kid-centric Music Pups classes make kids from birth to age 5 want to move to the groove alongside a dance-partner parent. The 45-minute classes, led by enthusiastic musical educators, aim to help children develop an appreciation for music through fun and stimulating activities during a time when they are most likely to absorb new information like tiny rhythmic vampires. Classes include one illustrated songbook and a CD to continue the musical fun at home. The retail stock at Kids Rock Music Class offers a range of kid-friendly merchandise, from pretty puppets ($19.99) to personalized CDs ($14.95+), and musical instruments such as recorders ($6.99), kazoos ($3.99), and harmonicas ($5.99), perfect for continuing classroom lessons at home.
After 20 years spent selling pianos at one of New England’s largest keyboard retailers, Jay and Kay Guretsky decided to move to Florida and open their own business in 1991. The couple opened three music shops before moving all of their inventory into their current jumbo-size space, where they earned a reputation as the best place to buy pianos and organs, according to the News-Press readers in 2012. Jay & Kay’s Organ & Piano Co. stocks more than 150 instruments, including grand pianos, electric organs, and invisible synths for accompanying prog-rock air guitarists. The shop’s instructors lead intensive private lessons and laid-back group sessions that use the Recreational Music Making system. Endorsed by the National Association of Music Merchants, RMM equips students with the skills and self-confidence for recreational playing.
Family Music Time's trained teachers help ignite creative sparks in the minds of children and their families through Music Together learning programs and birthday parties. The 90-minute bash begins with 45 minutes of music making for up to 15 children ages 6 or younger, who each get an instrument, such as a tambourine, maracas, or organ-grinder monkey. Little ones also can practice large movements and let their vocal chords roam free with a collection of chants and songs.
Rhythm & Pitch’s staff of nearly 20 teachers enables an enormous variety of classes: not only music for kids and adults, but also theater, dance, color guard, sound engineering, and music ministry. Instrument-specific lessons set pianists and guitarists on the path to virtuosity and help ventriloquists’ dummies discover their own voice. Ready-made groups, including jazz combos and symphonic wind ensembles, provide performance opportunities every few months. A duo of state-certified teachers runs the after-school program, which provides kids up to age 18 with a snack, instruction in the school’s three specialties, and homework help.