Earlier in her career, Makaia Gatson taught children how to dance at private schools, preschools, summer camps, and after-school programs. Today, her roots are firmly planted at her own dance studio, where both kids and adults can explore the art of movement and channel their creativity. She and fellow instructor Lauren Wetzel show students how to set dance floors ablaze with styles such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical dance, emphasizing the importance of imagination as well as form.
Even 3-year-olds can benefit from Makaia and Lauren's teachings during ballet and creative movement classes, which help develop youngster's body awareness and balance. At the other end of the age spectrum, line dance lessons for adults cover fluid, repeating steps that are meant to make large groups look even more impressive, so they can scare off territorial conga lines. Graceful Soles Dance Studio also hosts Zumba classes, which combine Latin dances, such as salsa and merengue, with an aerobic workout.
Recently relocated to Plano, Cobra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts training academy that teaches adults and children the art of self-defense. Believing that everyone can benefit from the confidence-building aspects of jiu-jitsu—namely, the idea that a weaker person can bring down a larger opponent using proper technique—the academy trains children and adults of all skill levels in classes that teach respect and discipline. The coaching staff is led by brothers Eddie and Eder Ricardo, Cobra’s Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu professors, who have both trained in martial arts since they were children in Brazil. Eddie has also placed at the top of many jiu-jitsu world championships, and is married to jiu-jitsu world champion and fellow Cobra trainer Monique Ricardo. Padded floors are the central feature in their spacious school, where students grapple and practice holds and sparring during classes led by the Ricardos and their other experienced instructors. Cobra also offers competitive belt programs for members of all ages.
The seasoned instructors at Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre have earned their stripes at some of the most prestigious dance institutions, including Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, The Edge in Los Angeles, and The Julliard School in New York City. The continued dedication to excellence in dancing has garnered the center a range of awards such as three American League 2012 Hall of Fame Studio Awards and the recipient for the FDC Studio Excellence Award for 2011—2013. Their ability to mold students into exceptional dancers especially shows during dance competitions. The instructors work with dancers of all skill levels, ranging from beginner to professional, and lead classes in an array of disciplines, including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and creative movement.
The instructors at Black Tiger Karate know that health and wellness come from more than simple physical activity. That's why they lead classes for students of all ages and experience levels that focus on discipline, self-confidence, and body awareness. Whether through traditional tang soo do karate or yoga classes, students learn habits and values that last them a lifetime.
Although Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's creator, Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Sr., died in 1994, his technique-oriented self-defense tactics live on at gyms throughout the world. Count Gracie Gym as one of those gyms. Its instructors teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to kids and law-enforcement officers alike, showing them how leverage and balance can be used to defeat bigger opponents.
We aim to transform everyday kids into extraordinary leaders by motivating them to achieve EXCELLENCE through PERSISTENCE and SELF-DISCIPLINE, instilling a RESPECT for their authority, and imparting the CONFIDENCE to live a life of INTEGRITY while experiencing the joy of discovering their unique CREATIVITY.