Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Inc. runs nine children’s care centers across the region that serve infants and children with disabilities. The care centers offer special services including speech, occupational, and physical therapy to those with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome, in addition to classes for children with and without disabilities. Its curriculum is designed to appeal to each age group, with developmental programming for toddlers and exploratory play with toys for children up to age 8. Because the classes are inclusive, differently abled children learn together in groups, breaking down social barriers and encouraging them to help each other learn.
The Arts Council of York County is a non-profit organization striving to serve York County and the surrounding area to build it as an arts destination. With active visual and performing arts programs, the Arts Council offers a variety of arts entertainment for everyone!
Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accouterments. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.
Audience members who want to plqy the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.
OnStage School of Performing Arts offers a wide range of lessons, classes, camps, and productions. Faculty is well educated and considered as some of the top performing artist in Charlotte making their instruction of the highest level.
At Wee Spa, aestheticians glitz up kids with lavish tot-sized manicures, pedicures, and facials. At their birthday parties, groups of girls live the charmed life through spa services, pizza parties, and upgrades such as gift bags, limousine service, and adoption by the Queen of England. Wee Spa's boutique also helps girls channel the royal treatment at home, outfitting wardrobes with a selection of fashionable kids’ clothing.
A new player on Charlotte's vibrant culinary scene, El Camino greets diners with a menu of fresh, scratch-made Tex-Mex dishes that are as innovative as they are family-friendly. Meals often start with the kitchen's signature guacamole, which contains traditional ingredients—hand-smashed avocados, fresh tomatoes, and cilantro—but with a creative addition of roasted peppers. Warm flour tortillas play triple duty; they envelop spinach and cheese to create quesadillas, hold unusual fixings, such as fried chicken or beef brisket, inside half a dozen taco varieties, and wrap themselves around nine kinds of overstuffed burritos. The El Camino kitchen prepares north-of-the-border specialties as well, including Cowboy Burgers topped with pepper jack cheese and a West Texas chili made with five varieties of peppers.
Xplore Scuba equips erstwhile landlubbers to explore the ocean's wily blue underbelly. This basic introductory course acts as a first step toward greater subaqueous adventuring, with near-amphibious instructors first schooling students on dry land before letting them loose in controlled waters. Students wary of traditional bathtub-and-twisty-straw snorkeling will delight as Xplore Scuba professionals mold top-quality gear to their limbs and lungs, facilitating safe diving fun for the remainder of the three-hour experience.