En Pointe's dance instructors bring years of collective experience to the studio's schedule of classes, which edify groups of up to 15 students in nine styles of dance. A combination of barre and floor work hones classical techniques during one-hour ballet classes, which instill pupils with swan-like grace and a knack for tiptoeing down creaky staircases. One-hour tap lessons propel pupils to cultivate rhythm, coordination, and agility, and combo sessions inspire inner cadence in students ages 3–5 with split hours of jazz and ballet or tap. All classes convene on the studio's floating dance floor, which absorbs impact to prevent fatigue, injury, and yet another victory for the apathetic law of gravity.
The crew of FAA-certified pilots at Flying Lessons Philadelphia are eager to welcome students into the ranks as a recreational or commercial aviator. The school's flight curriculum equips these aspiring aces with all the necessary tools and skills outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration, administered through hands-on experience in the cockpit, ground school, and a mandatory screening of Wings. Those still undecided about committing to the full process can try out a 30-minute Discovery Flight, during which, students will get the chance to take control of the aircraft.
Since the early 1940s, Hortman Aviation Services Inc. has carried on the passion of its founders, the Horton family, which has included pilots for commercial lines, crop dusting, and the U.S. Air Force. Today, the fleet of instructors boasts credentials as impressive as the 10 types of planes they maintain onsite for training and rentals. In addition to charters, the crew combines airtime, ground training, and practice in a flight simulator when guiding students in the CFR part 141 flight school.
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
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.
A-1 Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Adventures outfits oceanic explorers with the gear and training necessary for expeditions into the vasty deeps. Classes of 10–15 students converge upon the dive center for registration before heading to the pool at George School's sports center in Newtown, a safe environment for introductory dives and intermediate-level Marco Polo. Certified Professional Association of Diving Instructors members show each diver how to don and use a full allotment of scuba gear, including snorkel, tank, regulator, buoyancy jacket, fins, and instruments. Students then learn how to breathe through a regulator underwater and practice basic safety and diving skills, such as how to summon a school of flounder to carry you to the surface in an emergency. The hours and experience gained during this course may be credited toward a full scuba certification course should the attendee decide to continue with the program.