The team at the Wasatch Arts Center teases out the creative passions of children without fostering any kind of competition. Instead, the staff prioritizes performance, hosting recitals every six months that highlight their protégés' progress. Whether they teach dance, private music lessons, or preschool, they strive to nurture each student's skills by respecting his or her interests and planning an age-appropriate curriculum.
Professionally and university-trained dance instructors school youngsters in styles such as ballet, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling. Their one-on-one music classes cover the piano as well as string or brass instruments, imparting the value of consistent practice and a strong tuba-throwing arm. For both disciplines, they emphasize proper technique over speed of advancement—this emphasis on fundamentals steadily builds self-confidence and enthusiasm for the art.
Preschool sessions admit a maximum of 12 students—all 3- and 4-year-olds—for activities that cater to diverse learning styles. Teachers present works from famous artists and composers in addition to standard topics, including letters, numbers, colors, and building hooks to help reach doorknobs.
The equestrians at TLC Horse Training pair riders with gentle horses whose demeanor is made even calmer by serene surroundings. On the grounds, the training crew specializes in Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, and Reining, imparting each discipline’s conventions and subtleties in either the indoor arena—where weather can’t intrude upon an enjoyable lesson—or the outdoor arena—where the horses can work on their base tans. Depending on the student’s level of development, the instructors may also encourage riders to continue their studies by participating in the horse shows that TLC attends, including Vista Farms Fun Shows and Utah All Breed Horse Association Shows.
The guides at Elusive Fly Fishing lead groups of fish seekers to Utah's choicest spots for casting lines and reeling in big ones. Prime locales include points on the Provo and Weber Rivers along with a handful of smaller waterways, where clients can get their hands on Rocky Mountain whitefish and trout varieties such as brown, rainbow, and brook. Half- and full-day tours include all necessary gear and a sack lunch. Lessons are available for beginners or those who need help ironing out the kinks in their casts.
Jason Haslam hasn't kept his passion for fly fishing to himself. Instead, the veteran fly fisher founded Fly Drifters of Utah as a way to share his passion with others. Throughout each season, he and his guides lead fly fishing trips to nearby streams and rivers. On the trips, they teach participants the best techniques for catching brown trout, midges, and blue winged olives. They also hold classes that cover topics ranging from casting and knot tying to reading the water even when there isn't an open book on top of it.
The Gun Vault packs 25,000 sq. ft. with most things a gun enthusiast would ever need. Beyond the range and training classrooms, a 7,000 sq. ft. showroom houses handguns, automatic weapons, and camouflaged rifles ideal for hunting. Go up one level, and visitors find the VIP lounge, where pool tables and poker tables encourage lingering.
River Oaks Golf Course was carved from the pond-spotted wetlands that surround the Jordan River to form 18 holes of scenic golf. Golfers prime their swings at the course’s 40-stall driving range to prepare for the round, which begins with three consecutive holes featuring prominent water hazards that still hold a grudge against the sun for ending their glacial childhood. Snow-capped mountains peek above tree lines, enhancing the landscape as golfers play the course. Those in need of an equipment upgrade can browse a vast selection of new clubs, clothes, and accessories at the pro shop, where large observation windows let guests soak in views of the course, stare into the glassy waters of the river, or keep tabs on factions of rebellious golf carts.