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 4 months old?12 years old 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.
Cheerleading is competitive. Sometimes it's even more competitive than the sport the cheerleaders are cheerleading for. But above all else, cheerleading is an exuberant experience that stresses teamwork, since there is no "I" in pyramid. For aspiring tumblers, twirlers, and acrobats, The RockStarz LLC cheerleading school trains young dancers, and even their parents, in the art of boosting spirits. Head coach and lifetime cheerleader Onea Davis brings her decades of squad experience to the lessons, while instructors Nikkia Tyrie Neal and Natalia Davis use their pedigrees in modern dance and Zumba to keep the RockStarz fit and agile as they master routines.
Though she's been a professional artist for more than 25 years, April Tracey's career began with a momentous decision. After receiving her BFA from Queen's University, April was accepted to the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design. However, she instead decided to strike out on her own, launching an art gallery, supply store, and school. Now she offers her discerning eye to students through critique services. April pores over pieces in all mediums, offering compassionate criticism in person or via Skype, email, or messages hidden behind the work's frame.
Kids get their fill of airborne fun at FabulouCity All-Stars, where instructors lead routines in gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance. The nonprofit youth center gives toddlers, adolescents, and teens a venue to express themselves in a positive way, encouraging movement and fun in a low-stress environment. Certified instructors lead everything from classes to cheer camps to birthday parties, where guests gambol around the gym and somersault into the piñata.