The professional instructors of the Kansas City School of Music pass along musical torches to students learning the basics of strumming strings or tickling ivories during private and group lessons. Private studios insulated with soundproof walls ensure maximum concentration for students sight reading on acoustic pianos or turning the pages of sheet music with their minds. Each instructor follows a comprehensive curricula that focuses on repertoire, technique, musicianship, ear training, theory, and more, and they encourage and prepare students to participate in recitals. Instructor credentials include either a masters degree or doctorate in their area of study.
Michelle Childs Beedle practically grew up performing—she began at the ripe young age of 3. Since then, she's taught competitive singers, snagged roles in various movies, and even won two Emmy awards. With Antonia Studios, she shares her talents not only through voice and piano lessons, but also by painting faces and hosting princess parties.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
When he was a child, Michael Russell spent a lot of time in his father’s darkroom, watching and helping him develop photographs. As Russell grew into an adult, he still loved photography but opted to pursue a career in front of the camera as a television news reporter. Even as he interviewed celebrities, presidents, and wax statues of presidents, he found himself most engaged with shooting his own video, and with framing shots of natural landscapes and wildlife. He eventually would leave his broadcasting career to teach photography full time, and venture on expeditions to scenic vistas and art fairs. During Russell’s workshops, his picture-snapping protégés can pick his brain as they practice various photography concepts and sample professional lenses.
The staff at Transformations Wellness Spa, led by Cindy Simon and her 30 years of experience working in medical clinics, focus on detoxifying bodies and restoring inner balance. To do so, they call upon colon hydrotherapy and supply Kangen water, both of which are designed to regulate the body’s pH level, and infrared saunas that oust toxins from fat cells. Aesthetic services come in the form of paraffin facials and non-surgical facelifts, which send electric currents to skin cells to make them initiate the repair process and produce collagen and elastin.
Built upon more than 15 years of personal-training experience, Fitness Together helps clients spill pounds and hoard muscle with personalized exercise programs and nutritional guidance. Brawn-building activities and cardio routines join forces at every turn, making calories melt faster than a snowman's heart at a fondue party in his honor. Heart rates surge during interval workouts, which challenge the body with spurts of high-intensity movement. To avert strength-training plateaus, trainers rotate the time-tested resistance exercises they use and teach new, proven methods for toning muscles and giving noogies to prairie dogs.