Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
At the recently opened SkyTown Trampoline Park, kids and adults find plenty of ways to burn off excess energy in a clean, safe environment. Jumpers ricochet off various padded surfaces, including the very walls themselves. A rebound might send them hurtling toward a cushy foam pit or a basketball hoop poised for a perfect slam dunk. Youngsters can also exercise their throwing arms on the dodgeball court, and wee ones who are too small for the main court find their own fun in the tamer Jump-A-Roo area.
Because the trampoline-filled center is a part of Splash Kingdom water park, kids are only a few steps away from go-karts, mini golf, and bumper boats; water slides and other aquatic attractions keep things cool during the summer months. While tots refuel with pizza, adults can head to the Upper Deck Sports Lounge to count their favorite quarterback's pores on one of five massive 15-foot high-definition projection screens.
The instructors at The Yoga Room of Redlands take time to build toward peak poses. They begin by modeling basic movements that warm bodies from the inside out. As muscles and connective tissues gain mobility, teachers introduce more-rigorous postures such as chair, which mimics the action of sitting down on Santa's lap. Students build up to the peak pose—a posture that's intensely challenging and rewarding—and then cool down through a sequence of curative, relaxing movements.
Throughout each of the Power Vinyasa–style classes, teachers tend to students as individuals, offering modifications and adjustments to make poses more comfortable. They also add upbeat music to brighten the mood.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
The instructors at Inner Evolution Yoga believe that practicing yoga is a personal journey best undertaken at your own pace. Students who are new to yoga or are injured join yin stretching sessions, and in challenging hot classes, experienced yogis rise to the next level, where they can claim their well-earned pot of golden chakra coins. Inner Evolution Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance.
Adopting the studio?s philosophy of humility, the yoga experts see the strengths and weaknesses in their practices. This encourages all teachers to constantly learn new skills and different modalities.