Gleeful squealing rings out across Jump Mania's nearly 10,000 square feet of green, purple, and blue inflatables during jump hours. The laughter is coming from children as they bound through the obstacle courses, bounce houses, and air-filled slides comprising the indoor playground's 10 mammoth inflatables. With private party rooms, the springy arena also entertains bouncers for birthday parties, which are enhanced by goodies such as pizza, ice cream, and grab bags. Additionally, the facility welcomes caretakers with free admission, letting them enjoy a grown-up approach to the youthful excitement without having to sample play-doh sushi.
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.
Tucked away from life's daily barrage of appointments, meetings, and expectations, Dallas Yoga Center provides a tranquil haven for self-discovery and the mental truces that achieve inner peace. An arched Indian doorway marks the threshold between the outside world and the refuge of the 8,000-sq.-ft. facility, which houses four spacious, naturally lit studios.
Inside, instructors lead groups through more than 65 classes per week, which focus on a variety of yoga styles. During the studio's Beginners Yoga classes, aspiring yogis learn the basic motions and breathing techniques that serve as the jumping-off point for their yogic journeys. From there, they can explore the gentle calmness of Yin Yoga, the intense exertion of a hot Ashtanga Yoga class set at 85 degrees, the prop-aided poses of Iyengar Yoga, or the ab-toning workouts of Yoga Core. They can also take part in t'ai chi sessions that leave minds spry and energies recentered. After class, students can propel their practices forward by stocking up on the center's selection of yoga clothes, jewelry, props, accessories, and DVDs. For those seeking even deeper enlightenment, the center also sponsors yoga teacher training, and even arranges retreats to India, where students study ayurveda and yoga straight from the source.
Backdoor Comedy made its way into the Dallas comedy scene in a manner as modest and circuitous as its name might suggest. Before it reached its current intimate space downtown in the Doubletree Hotel, owners (and comics themselves) Jan Norton and Linda Stogner put together showcases in no fewer than nine other locations, including a deli, a bowling alley, and a feed store. Today, weekends see a large rotating cast of regulars and occasional drop-ins by celebrity guests who have included David Spade and Kathleen Madigan.
Maroon 5 and Train join musical forces at the Gexa Energy Pavilion for a tuneful collision of chart-topping favorites. Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 bandmates continue their mission to woo even the most colicky eardrums with a songbook of finely honed hits most recently infused with material from the band's 2010 release, Hands All Over. Augmenting the aural fun, Train runs express across the stage and the heartstrings, showcasing the songwriting chops that have earned the band multiple Grammys. Crooner and guitar-slinger Matt Nathanson completes the bill, setting the stage for a night of entertainment even more robust than watching a neighbor teach his schnauzer to moonwalk.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus cranks up the knobs and disrupts power grids on its 2011 tour, treating fans to a electrifying night of fist-pumping anthems tinged with emo and bellowed with sincerity. From humble grassroots beginnings in Florida, where the band first charmed the fins off of whales with its Top 40 hit "Face Down," through its latest collection of jaunty angst, Am I The Enemy, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has perfected its recipe of alternative rock and screamo, resulting in a affably schizophrenic pop that hits the heart, bends the earlobes, and thumbs its nose at noise ordinances. Fans eager for omniscience can attempt to sway the show via the band's set-list contest, which allows RJA devotees to vote for a song they'd like to hear in hopes of snagging two VIP tickets and a subscription to Grooveshark. Opening the concert, Memphis quartet Egypt Central sears through a fiery set of chugging metal, and Burn Halo stirs simmering angels in a slow cooker of rock.