Led by the school's instructors, the staff at My Dojo knows that it takes more than just classes to help clients get in shape. While their classes, including kickboxing and karate, certainly kicks things into gear, proper nutrition fuels and facilitates further bodily change. That's why the instructors help clients by doling out nutritional tips in class and fields personal questions during one-on-one sessions. My Dojo offers a varied roster of classes at their multiple locations, classes that help students with their physical and emotional well-being. Classes include karate for kids, karate for adults, kickboxing, yoga, afterschool martial arts, and personal training,
Crafts enthusiasts of all stripes connect with kindred spirits at Harmony Stained Glass, where they find supplies and classes for a variety of projects. Customers can create all manner of glass and metal designs with a wide selection of materials and tools, including Aanraku products, dragon-shaped stained glass patterns, and Skutt kilns. Instructors help students learn what they need to begin a new hobby in stained glass, glass-fusing, and wire wrapping, and students can display their handiwork on wrought-iron stands bought in the shop or swiped from colonial re-enactors.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Splash Kids owner Stephanie Haden and her bullpen of dedicated teachers and tutors have created a vibrant space for children to grow and learn. Kids' art classes impart a love of creativity in young people, with lessons that explore technique, self-expression, and art history. Tutoring helps kids master their schoolwork, with instructors ready to help struggling pupils get up to speed and more advanced students prepare for college entrance exams and the adults' table. Adults need not feel left out either, with grown-up art classes and classes in which parents and kids can have fun together.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.