No one is born into yoga, not even yoga instructors. Having entered into their practice gradually is something many of The Yoga Factory’s instructors have in common, and something they bring to their classes: an empathy that everyone starts at the beginning. They’re serious about welcoming people of all experience levels, and to meet that goal, they cultivate a friendly, supportive atmosphere throughout their 60-, 75-, and 90-minute classes. Weekly basics classes also help get beginners up to speed and address fundamentals, such as alignment and yoga-mat origami. Throughout the year, the center also hosts workshops that blend knowledge about meditation and nutrition within a support group-style structure.
Michael Kendrick has been dancing since before he could get away with wearing a mustache to sneak into PG-13 movies. Just 9 years old when he fell in love with dance, Kendrick was already teaching the art form at age 14. His passion remained with him as he served as an infantry paratrooper in the US Army, where he was cast as Sonny LaTierre in a national production of Grease. After working for Fred Astaire Dance Studios for more than a decade, Kendrick decided to draw on his experience dancing and his certification in aerobics instruction to helm One Rhythm Dance. As the owner, he curates workshops and classes focused on sharing ballroom dancing with anyone inspired to learn.
Within Studio 3 Dance, a fleet of instructors with professional dancing experience lead a variety of classes for the next generations of dancers. They lead classes, camps, and workshops in a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Dusty Solis took her first dance step at the age of two, not so very long after her first real step. She never looked back. She danced through her entire school education, winning awards in cheerleading, ballroom, and Latin dancing. Her career made her a lifelong believer in the power of fitness and the beauty of dance, ideas which she now shares with younger generations through her school, Pure Movement Dance and Fitness.
Dusty and her team of eight instructors teach dance to students ages two and up. They start tykes off with short classes to teach rhythm and coordination, before delving into specific styles such as ballet, jazz, or tap. Ultimately, they help prepare young dancers for competition, or at least arm adults with moves to blend in at a party or when they fall onto the stage at a musical.
While dancers work in the studios, family members can wait in the lobby, observing all the action on flat screen televisions synched with cameras in each studio. They can even purchase gifts to give each tiny dancer after class from the in-studio boutique, tucked neatly into a corner of the 8,800-square-foot facility.