At Ape Tek Computers, technicians don't just tidy up hard drives, design websites, and build computers as a career—tending to electronics is their passion. Most of the skilled computer whizzes own plenty of digital devices of their own, giving them a personal insight into smartphones, laptops, and desktops of all makes and models. The specialists can restore smooth-running functionality to a PC after a nasty virus attack, or restore iPhone and iPad screens cracked from accidental falls or rounds of Pin the Mouse on the Gadget.
It's been more than 30 years since Kay Rudolph opened Kay’s Act II Dance Studio, and that was as a second act to the original Kay's School of Dancing, which debuted in 1948. Though her equally talented daughter Kathleen Rudolph Ross has since taken the studio's reins, she and her team of professional ballerinas, tap dancers, and a former Sixers Dancer maintain Kay's legacy as they teach dance classes for kids as young as two and a half, all the way up to 18. Students and twirl their way through ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, or lyrical dance.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Thom Callen sat behind his first drum kit at age 4. By 15, he was drumming at a professional level. These days, his skills with the skins have landed him gigs with award-winning songwriters and touring funk groups. But when he's not showcasing his talents, Thom trains fellow beat keepers of all ages and skill levels at Callan Music and Drum Studio.
After seating students behind a professional set, Thom teaches basic methods, such as keeping a simple beat. He then builds upon those tricks to more advanced techniques, like executing perfect drum fills while napping. Each lesson caters to students' individual paces, as well as their favorite styles, including jazz, rock, or world rhythm. If pupils provide an SD card, Thom can even record the lessons so students can listen back afterward.
More than 15 years ago, DJ Jocelyn was the first woman to host an on-air radio show in the history of WKPS 90.7 FM. Nowadays, she draws upon her broadcast charm to energize partygoers and make announcements as DJ David or DJ Billy from Philly lures guests to the dance floor by spinning oldies, classic R & B, funk, line-dance tunes, and hip-hop. The Phunky Sound Entertainment, LLC team can also dispatch live entertainers such as jazz guitarist Larry Woods. To preserve memories of important occasions even after the last remnants of the Cha Cha Slide have come unstuck from partygoers’ heads, Phunky Sound covers events with videography and photography services, including photo-booth rentals.
Since 1994, Gil Yeager has been helping divers dip their toes in the exciting world of underwater exploration. At Aqua Tech Scuba, Gil leads a team of expert diving instructors who help students with certification in various levels. The divers lead core classes and leadership classes, as well as specialty courses such as night diving trips and trips designed to practice harmonizing with whale–a cappella groups.