With dance classes available for kids as young as two, Edge Dance & Performing Arts aims to instill its peanut protégés with self-confidence at an early age. The center's team of instructors follows the lead of director Elizabeth DeRusha, a mother of two who started dancing at age two and now shares her passion by training children and adults of all skill levels. Together, Elizabeth and her team guide youngsters through various forms of dance, including ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz, and organize seasonal theater productions, as well.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
Practice makes perfect and perfection is the goal of Centerfield Baseball & Softball Academy's staff. The roster of experienced instructors includes members with playing and coaching experience at the collegiate and Major League levels. During private lessons, these instructors share their insight and help players refine fundamental hitting or pitching techniques. Larger clinics allow the staff to work with groups and create well-rounded baseball and softball athletes.
These lessons can take place in the academy's 15,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility, which also allows players to refine their game on their own. Its four Iron Mike pitching machines are capable of slinging fastballs or water balloons at speeds from 40 to 70 miles per hour, and six of its eight open cages feature mounds, which help pitchers dig in while they practice delivering the heat.
Both veterans of the full-contact karate circuit, coaches Bill Flowers and Jerry Byers sought to impart the hard-won lessons of their fighting days to new generations seeking discipline and self-defense skills. So in 2006, they combined their expertise, creating the KO 101© Martial Arts & Boxing Gym as a doorway into their lifelong passion.
Coach Flowers holds belts in three forms of karate and 12 championship titles, achievements complemented by coach Byers' belt rankings in seven different martial-arts styles, including black belts in three schools of tae kwon do. In their gym, students train for both personal enjoyment and healthy competition, ultimately taking to the ring to spar against one another once the punching bags have run out of lunch money.
Albert Jernigan holds black belts in two disciplines of tae kwon do, a testament to his three decades' experience in martial arts. At his Jernigan’s School of Martial Arts and Self-Defense, Albert puts this knowledge to work, teaching students as young as 6. His programs for men, women, and children encompass the principles of tae kwon do, tai chi, jujitsu, and kickboxing. He also caters to senior citizens, specializing in exercises that alleviate the discomforts of arthritis.
As happens to so many, Carron Schaer's youthful athleticism started to evaporate, leaving behind a sedentary adult lifestyle. But a desire to run and play with her young son inspired her to take up fitness again. With a combination of exercise and diet changes, she blasted away 55 pounds, pole-vaulting over that accomplishment to become a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer. In 2011, to help others find fitness success, she founded Accomplish Fitness and Boot Camp. It wasn't long before Sivan McCoy – a former member of the Air Force, an experienced triathlete, and an MMA fighter – followed in Carron's footsteps and came on as a boot-camp instructor.
Now, the duo leads daily boot camps at various outdoor locations. Their charges run, lift weights, and sweat beneath the gaze of the sun like a criminal sweats under the gaze of a detective made of fire.